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Preview #57/58: 9/25 vs. Rockies

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Two “fun-size” games for the price of one!

Basket of Doublemint Gum at Twins Restaurant Photo by mark peterson/Corbis via Getty Images

Today's Lineups

ROCKIES DIAMONDBACKS
Raimel Tapia - LF Daulton Varsho - CF
Kevin Pillar - CF Ketel Marte - 2B
Trevor Story - SS Christian Walker - 1B
Charlie Blackmon - RF Kole Calhoun - RF
Josh Fuentes - 1B Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Ryan McMahon - 3B David Peralta - DH
Matt Kemp - DH Nick Ahmed - SS
Elias Diaz - C Pavin Smith - LF
Garrett Hampson - 2B Carson Kelly - C
A. Senzatela - RHP Zac Gallen - RHP

I’m not particularly sure why MLB insisted on cramming this game into the schedule. It’s not as if either the Rockies or the Diamondbacks have any realistic playoff hopes. Colorado are still technically in contention - three back of San Francisco with four to play, but it’s a slim chance. I’d have been inclined to provisionally schedule the double-header for Sunday, and then not bother with it, in the almost certain event that it’s not needed. Although there is that whole “every game on the final day has to start at the same time, in order to create artificial drama” thing they started doing a few years back. Does seem to render the “we’re not going to play this game” thing a bit... Well, best I don’t go there. :)

But, hey, it means we do get the entirely new experience, of Arizona getting to play a pair of games scheduled only for seven innings. Cross that one off your card for 2020 D-backs Bingo, along with a runner starting the inning on second. Because of the unusual structure, there will be only one stream and one preview article, not least because it looks like there’ll be only one Torey Lovullo media session. Right now, we don’t even know what time the second game will start. I’m presuming it’ll probably be 60-90 minutes after the end of the first one, but who knows? The line-up for the second game will therefore be posted in the Gameday Thread for it, going up 10-15 mins before first pitch.

It’ll also be Turambar and my respective last recaps for the season, so expect both of us to be waxing at least somewhat philosophical. Be nice if, following up on the first team shutout of the season against the Rangers, Zac Gallen would give the team a nice, complete-game shutout. We’re STILL waiting for the first quality start of the year thrown by someone other than him and Merrill Kelly. They have 12 over their 16 starts. Everyone else is a combined 0-for-40 now. Will that last through the end of the season? We should get at least half of the answer by the end of the night.

Meanwhile, in actual team news, the D-backs added Silvino Bracho to the roster as the additional man for the double-header, moving Corbin Martin to the extended stay injured list (used to be 60-, is now 45-day) to make room for Bracho. And Eduardo Escobar won the sixth annual Luis Gonzalez Award. This is given to the D-backs player who “best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates, coaches and staff members.” He won it last year as well, after it had previously gone to Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings.

Pre-game audio from Torey Lovullo

Silvino Bracho: Torey looking forward to seeing what he looks like after working hard to get back.

28 man Roster (as opposed to previous years 40 man roster in September) has created a better flow for the month. Typical September baseball can be very tricky because of the amount of bodies and the work you want to give the regulars and the work you want to give to the younger players to see what they can do.

Positive and negatives taken from season: “No matter what the length of the season is you’ve got to take care of today and go out and play your best baseball” He’s enjoyed seeing the minor league players develop at the major league level

Eduardo Escobar: Torey made some very impassioned comments in support of Eduardo, winner of the Luis Gonzalez award, for his kindness, his competitiveness, his fierceness and the things he does on an every day basis both on and off the field.