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Preview #54: 9/20 @ Astros

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The earliest start of the season, if I’m not mistaken!

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Angels Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

DIAMONDBACKS ASTROS
Josh Rojas - 2B George Springer - RF
Pavin Smith - LF Jose Altuve - 2B
Christian Walker - 1B Alex Bregman - 3B
Kole Calhoun - RF Michael Brantley - DH
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Yuli Gurriel - 1B
David Peralta - DH Kyle Tucker - LF
Nick Ahmed - SS Carlos Correa - SS
Daulton Varsho - CF Myles Straw - CF
Carson Kelly - C Dustin Garneau - C
M. Bumgarner - LHP Jose Urquidy - RHP

This preview will be relatively brief: it will be constrained by whatever time Mrs. SnakePit tells me Sunday breakfast is ready. There will, I believe, be waffles in my future, and those are best appreciated fresh out of the over. I trust we have your understanding in this matter.

Today is Madison Bumgarner’s penultimate start of the season, and hopefully it will go better than his last one, which bloated his ERA up to a distressing 8.53. Among all pitchers to make seven or more starts in a season for the D-backs, that ranks as the second-highest, behind only Edgar Gonzalez, who reached 9.32 over nine starts and a relief appearance in 2004. Indeed, it’s pretty rare in general terms, though there are two worse than Madison this year: the RangersKolby Allard (8.80) and AngelsJulio Teheran (8.90). There were four such in the majors last year, two of who fall into the “former Diamondbacks” category: Edwin Jackson (9.58) and Shelby Miller (8.59).

Speaking of former D-backs, Jake Lamb has now played five games for the A’s, and is batting .368/.400/.789 for an 1.189 OPS and two homers. That’s more HR in 16 AB, than he had for Arizona over his last fifty-five games and 137 AB for the Diamondbacks. Of course, that won’t be sustained, but as I said, it would be darkly amusing if he were to be a key component for six weeks and win a World Series ring. With that, I am off to engage in some comfort waffles. Wes is on the guest recap today, so stick about for that.

Pre-game news from Torey Lovullo.

  • No audio, for technical reasons.
  • Taylor Widener activated: Poised and ready to jump in. Future role in 2021 as starter or reliever not yet determined
  • Ketel Marte: Hit off machine and coach yesterday. Will play in live game today and play in field at Alt site. Torey will update the plan on Tuesday
  • Madison Bumgarner: Every start unique. He’s stretched out. He feels responsible for a couple of the runs MadBum gave up last time as probably shouldn’t have sent him back out for the 6th inning.
  • Rotation: Tuesday Caleb Smith, Wednesday TBD. Would normally be Alex Young’s turn.