Geraldo Perdomo gets the start at shortstop, with Josh Rojas moving over to second. Perdomo’s major-league career got off to an inauspicious start last night, coming off the bench in the ninth. He struck out without taking the bat off his shoulder. Given I was touting his plate discipline (more walks than K’s in the minors), that was a little disappointing. We’ll see what he does as a starter. Taylor Widener also makes his first MLB start, having won the job as Zac Gallen’s replacement in spring. Though if he pitches well, he might end up with a permanent job. It’s not as if the starters we’ve seen so far have set the world on fire. After three games, they have a 9.82 ERA.
That’s mostly because of a scary HR/FB rate of 36.4%. Yes, more than one in three fly balls they have allowed, have left the park. League average is 13.2%, so we’re close to triple that. It should settle down going forward, just as the team is not going to bat .100 with runners in scoring position the rest of the season. Crappy spells like this will happen. It’s just that them happening at the start of the season tends to magnify their importance. Not least because we don’t know how long it’ll last. It’s the first time since 2014, the D-backs have started off the season 0-3. They’ve haven’t started 0-4 since 1999. Though I seem to recall that season ended up okay, so perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned there!
Torey Lovullo notes
- Christian Walker: The swelling is still there. He said he feels good and is testing in BP. He’s “penciled” in lineup and they’ll see how he feels post BP. He is not reporting any discomfort or vision issues at this point. “He wants to play. It’s a Christian Walker moment where he wants to be on the field at any cost, and we’ll give him that opportunity”
- Josh Rojas reaction: He felt terrible, but they are a tight knit group. It was a pretty cool interaction to watch them respond to each other after the game.
- Geraldo Perdomo: Torey wanted to get him on the field today and let his excitement and energy be turned loose.
- Riley Smith: “Those are the little moments in the game that the common fan doesn’t understand exactly what Riley gave us in preserving our guys for today’s game and giving us the chance to have a fully loaded bullpen. He shouldered a lot of responsibility. He had good stuff, he actually threw the ball pretty good for his 5 innings”
- Are the players pressing and does it need to be addressed “No, not at all. We’re going to have these moments. It just stinks that it’s happening at the beginning of the year. This is a good baseball team. We all know it. Yesterday was a clunker. I said that yesterday. I like the way this team is playing. I believe in this team and they believe in themselves. So no need for me to address that, no need for me to panic. No need for anybody to do anything. Just be ourselves, go out and play our type of baseball, and we’re going to be just fine.”
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Christian Walker notes
He felt fine in BP, no issues seeing the ball. The swelling has gone down and moved further down the face a bit. Josh Rojas reached out to express his regrets for what happened but C-Walk reassured him it was just a baseball play and the ball took a weird hop. He did think about the Maeda pitch that fractured bones in his face before, but this impact was a lot less. He passed all concussion protocols and is confident there are no broken bones.