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D-backs Preview #34: 5/9 @ Mets

Be glad to see the back of this road-trip

San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Here are today’s lineups:

The Diamondbacks have been getting good starting pitching of late. Since April 25th their Starters ERA of 3.50 ranks 4th best in the NL, and it hasn’t been luck as their 3.31 FIP ranks second best. The starters have allowed just 5 homers in 69 IP in that span.

Riley Smith will hope to continue that good stretch for the team today. He’s likely to need to as the team is facing the best starter in MLB at the moment in Jacob deGrom. Through his first 5 starts, 35 innings he’s posting video game numbers

5 GS, 35 IP, 0.51 ERA, 0.82 FIP, 16 hits, 4 Walks, 59 K’s, 2 HR

Torey Lovullo has countered with his (almost) all left handed lineup today, with Nick Ahmed and pitcher Riley Smith being the only right handed bats to start the game. It’s hardly mattered though, as left handed batters have hit just .152/.204/.391 against deGrom so far this year, although both homers allowed have been to left handed batters, so there’s that.

The saving grace perhaps has been the notorious lack of run and bullpen support deGrom typically receives. His Run support per 27 outs, as calculated by Baseball Reference has been just 2.8, which is the 11th lowest in the game so far this year.

Torey Lovullo notes

An obviously under the weather manager addressed the media this morning. He looked very uncomfortable and we all wish him a speedy recovery.

Ketel Marte: There are no further updates beyond what we were told yesterday. Whether or not he will go on a minor league rehab assignment has not yet been determined. They have discussed the possibility with him and he will do whatever is best for the team and himself. But it remains a possibility that a minor league rehab stint may not be happen

Tyler Cippard is doing strengthening exercises but is not yet throwing

Taylor Widener is throwing off flat ground only at this time

Asked about the play last night where Francisco Lindor scored on the errant throw and bounce after stealing second, Torey made an interesting comment. Tim Locastro was charging in from center on play, but the ball bounced off Lindor’s foot into left field. Only as Lindor was about to cross home plate did David Peralta come into view on our T.V. screens to pick up the ball.

“Usually the centerfielder is the one that’s crashing towards home plate once the ball crosses the hitting zone. I think it’s a good lesson for us. Do the left and right fielder need to collapse as well ? It’s not in our manual or in our playbook, but it’s something we need to be aware. It’s one of those freak plays that just happened to work out well (for them).”

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