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D-backs Preview #1: 4/1 @ Padres

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Don’t expect this much EVERY game, but it is Opening Day...

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images

And, so, it begins... This will be David Peralta’s seventh Opening Day appearance for Arizona, a figure which ties him with Paul Goldschmidt, and is beaten only by Luis Gonzalez (8). However, Peralta’s first, back in 2015, was off the bench. In terms of Opening Day starts, Peralta’s six now ties him with Chris Young, Randy Johnson and Steve Finley. behind Gonzo (8) and Goldy (7). This would also have been Nick Ahmed’s sixth outing, but his knee issue is keeping him out for the first time since 2017. It will be Ketel Marte’s fourth and the third for both Christian Walker and Eduardo Escobar. MadBum makes his second, and everyone else (Rojas, Cabrera, Smith and Vogt) makes their first Opening Day start.

It will be the fourth time we have faced San Diego in the season opener; we won the first two, before dropping last year’s contest, 7-2. Fun fact: Rojas will become the D-backs’ seventh straight different leadoff hitter on opening day. There’s been a different one each year since A.J. Pollock in 2015; he was followed by Jean Segura, back to Pollock, Peralta, Adam Jones and Ketel Marte. Similarly, Pavin Smith is our fifth straight different right fielder, after Peralta, Jarrod Dyson, Jones and Kole Calhoun.

Torey Lovullo notes

  • Nick Ahmed remains day to day with Patella Tendonitis. If it were game 162 he could have played, but open and honest discussions lead to a mutual agreement that this is the best course for now
  • Stephen Vogt is in the lineup due to a lefty on right matchup with Yu Darvish. Torey wants him there for offense.
  • The situation with the Washington Nationals positive tests and subsequent cancellation of their first game is a quick reminder not to let their guard down.
  • The team is not yet 85% vaccinated, but close. If they get there they can have more relaxed protocols

Torey Lovullo audio [or link]

Chris Devenski audio [or link]

He had a chance to address media for first time since making the club. He’s feeling strong and healthy and but is not yet in mid season form. Where there was lot of “very happy to be here”, he sounds very sincere in that sentiment, and seems like a pretty down to earth guy. He’s looking forward to competing at the back end of games.

Game coverage

This will be the first Diamondbacks game on the Bally Sports Arizona, following the buy-out of Fox Sports by Sinclair Broadcasting. In many ways, things won’t change, as the channel numbers are still going to be the same, and you’ll still be hearing the dulcet tones of Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly on the broadcasts. There will, however, be new graphics, music, etc. so don’t be surprised by an overall different “look and feel”. If you are streaming, the Fox Sports Go app update to the all-new Bally Sports app upon the rebrand. However, my personal route of access, FoxSportsGo.com, still seems to be working as before for me, at the time of writing.