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D-backs Preview #26: 4/30 vs. Rockies

Will Bumgarner allow a hit tonight?

Arizona Diamondbacks v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Tonight’s line-ups

Garrett Hampson - CF Pavin Smith - CF
Ryan McMahon - 2B Josh VanMeter - 2B
Trevor Story - SS Asdrubal Cabrera - 1B
C.J. Cron - 1B David Peralta - LF
Charlie Blackmon - RF Carson Kelly - C
Yonathan Daza - LF Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Josh Fuentes - 3B Nick Ahmed - SS
Elias Diaz - C Josh Rojas - RF
Jon Gray - RHP M. Bumgarner - LHP
Jon Gray - RHP M. Bumgarner - LHP

The Diamondback enter their last game of April with an unexpected winning record, currently sitting at 13-12. However, ibefore we get over-excited, it’s worth pointing out that after 25 games last season, Arizona’s record was... Yep, exactly the same, at 13-12 - with the wheels about to fall off, in no uncertain fashion. Of late, the D-backs do seem to have got out of the blocks quite quickly: they have not had a worse record through 25 games since 2016, when they started 12-13. However, their team ERA this year is more than half a run better than it was at this point in 2020 (4.62 vs. 5.14), which feels like it should come as a bit of a surprise.

The offense has been slightly better as well, with an OPS of .736, seventeen points better than last season. The big difference maker is the number of home-runs the D-backs have hit. which has spiked by two-thirds, going from 21 to 35. Walks (+36%) and strikeouts (+19%) are both also up for Arizona, so the team is generally following suit in the ongoing trend of baseball towards the three “true” outcomes.

Torey Lovullo notes

Most of today was spent discussing the Kole Calhoun situation, about which we have already written. However, there was some bits about a few of our other wounded warriors. Ketel Marte is at Chase Field today taking BP and going through linear running progressions, with small arcs and curves, although they were “controlled” and still not 100%. Meanwhile, Tim Locastro and Christian Walker will play games at the alternate site this weekend, so they would both seem to be getting close to returning.

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