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Preview #45: 9/10, Diamondbacks vs Dodgers

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The first game of the post-Lamb era...

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Today's Lineups

DODGERS DIAMONDBACKS
Mookie Betts - 2B Josh Rojas - DH
Corey Seager - SS Josh VanMeter - 2B
A.J. Pollock - LF Christian Walker - 1B
Max Muncy - 3B Kole Calhoun - RF
Chris Taylor - CF Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Cody Bellinger - 1B David Peralta - LF
Enrique Hernandez - RF Nick Ahmed - SS
Will Smith - DH Daulton Varsho - CF
Austin Barnes - C Carson Kelly - C
Dustin May - RHP M. Bumgarner - LHP

The Diamondbacks have lost 18 of their last 20 games. Unsurprisingly, considering the short schedule, this is the worst run of any team in the majors this year - the Rangers are the only other team to have gone worse than 4-16. There was just one comparable streak last year, the Pirates going 2-18 from July 21st through August 11th. But a defeat tonight for Arizona, making 19 in 21, would push them past even Pittsburgh. No MLB team has gone 2-19 during a season for more than five years. The last to do so were the 2015 Braves, who did it for a rolling four-day period from August 15/18 through to September 5-8. On the plus side, the Braves are doing much better now. So, D-backs for the NL West title in 2025, confirmed...

They bottomed out at a 2-20 streak, and also went 3-24. If the D-backs really want to push the boat out, and lose their next THREE games, the resulting 2-21 would be the worst since the 2012 Astros. Matching them would take some serious tanking, because Houston managed to lose all but two games over a month and a day, going 2-27 from June 28 until July 28. What’s weird is, they didn’t look SO bad up to that point. Sure, 32-43 isn’t a great record, but it doesn’t portend that kind of doom. Again, seems like the Astros rebounded quite nicely from that. D-backs for World Series champions in 2025, confirmed... Okay, maybe not, but those two losing streaks are a reminder that all things will pass. Eventually...

Pre-game audio from Torey Lovullo

  • Jake Lamb: Torey made the expected comments about “tough conversations”, and discussed the injuries that derailed Jake, creating rust and doubt and lack of confidence. He believes that given a normal season and several hundred at bats Jake would have been better. The short season certainly impacted the opportunity Lamb was able to get this year. “I pulled the plug on his playing time after 25-30 at bats, whether it’s fair or not fair, we know that this game sometimes is cruel and about performance”
  • Pavin Smith: Will be considered for ALL THREE outfield positions, including CF, but the focus will be on LF and 1b.
  • Player Development and Roster Turnover: He gets attached to the players, and it’s been very difficult to say goodbye to so many guys this year. But he is excited to see what the young players can do. “It’s a lot of fun for all of us, it’s fun for everybody that helped the players get drafted and get into the system, it’s fun for the entire player development group to watch these players blossom, and it’s fun for me to get the end result of the guy that’s coming here and performing.”
  • Madison Bumgarner: Will see his pitch count limit increase from where he was last time out.
  • Caleb Smith: With start tomorrow vs. the Mariners, Alex Young to the bullpen. Smith has never relieved before in his career, and Young is flexible and able to transition back and forth between rotation and pen. Nothing to do with how AY has performed as a starter.