|Mike Yastrzemski - RF||Ketel Marte - CF|
|Buster Posey - C||David Peralta - LF|
|Alex Dickerson - LF||Eduardo Escobar - 2B|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Christian Walker - 1B|
|Scooter Gennett - 2B||Jake Lamb - 3B|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Josh Rojas - RF|
|Brandon Belt - 1B||Nick Ahmed - SS|
|Brandon Crawford - SS||Carson Kelly - C|
|Jeff Samardzija - RHP||Mike Leake - RHP|
The Diamondbacks have spent the entire season around the .500 mark. They’ve never been higher than seven games above; nor have they ever been lower than three games below it. The chart below plots their progress (or lack thereof) across the course of the season to date:
Here’s how that eleven-game spread (I’m including zero, in case you were wondering!) between high- and low-water marks compares to the last few seasons:
- 2019: 11 game spread
- 2018: 16
- 2017: 26
- 2016: 29
It is not the narrowest spread of results across the season. In 2015, the team bounced around between one game over and eight games below, a ten-game spread which is one smaller than this year so far. The 2013 and 2012 D-backs, who each finished 81-81, also matched this year’s spread at 11 games (+9 to -1, and +4 to -6 respectively).
However, it has been a particularly narrow band of results lately. The team has had just a five-game spread, always within two games of .500, since being 38-35, after a loss in Washington on June 16. Regardless of what happens tonight, the streak will reach 50 consecutive games within two of an even record. I have no way of checking this, but it’s an impressive if not unprecedented feat. During this run, the Diamondbacks have been at -2 three times, and won each game. More impressively - though sadly - they have sat at +2 on no fewer than SIX occasions, and are 0-6 in chances to go to +3. Well done, I guess...
Torey Lovullo’s media briefing
An obviously tired and haggard Torey Lovullo at today’s pre game press conference.
- Taylor Clarke is in the clubhouse but will not be active for tonight’s game. He will get the start tomorrow. He last pitched on August 10th, going 3 innings for Reno, and throwing 56 pitches. He didn’t allow a run, but walked 4. In his previous MLB start August 4th against the Nationals he went 5.2 IP, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, 1 walk, and 2 HR. Clarke has allowed 15 HR in 63 MLB innings this year and carries a 5.46 ERA
- They are looking to give an extra day rest to Merrill Kelly and Zac Gallen, and they will push them back to Sunday and Monday respectively
- Torey was asked if Taijuan Walker has been shut down, but he denied that.
- Luke Weaver threw a 35 pitch bullpen today, all fastballs.
- Mike Leake: Had more conversation with him this week about attack plans, and gave more input during his bullpen session this week.