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Preview, #42: 5/13 vs. Pirates

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Chicago Cubs v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

PIRATES DIAMONDBACKS
Adam Frazier - 2B Jarrod Dyson - CF
Starling Marte - CF Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Melky Cabrera - RF David Peralta - LF
Josh Bell - 1B Adam Jones - RF
Bryan Reynolds - LF Ketel Marte - 2B
Francisco Cervelli - C Christian Walker - 1B
Kevin Newman - 3B Nick Ahmed - SS
Cole Tucker - SS Alex Avila - C
Nick Kingham - RHP Robbie Ray - LHP

Roster move for the D-backs, who had optioned Jon Duplantier back to Reno after last night’s game. They’ve recalled reliever Jimmie Sherfy, who’ll be spending his second stint with the team, having previously been up from April 21-22. If you’re playing Reno Bus Bingo, here are the standings after that move:

  • Duplantier: 3 stints
  • Vargas: 2 stints
  • Locastro: 2 stints
  • Clarke: 2 stints
  • Sherfy: 2 stints
  • Joseph: 1 stint

The Pirates also made a move before the series, putting Jung Ho Kang on the injured list with a left side strain. This wouldn’t necessarily be worthy of comment, but I noticed that the player coming up to replace him is an alumni of both ASU and the Diamondbacks. Jake Elmore was a 34th-round pick for the Diamondbacks in 2008, and made his debut with the team in 2012, appearing in 30 games that season. We lost him on waivers that November to the Astros, since when he has been part of the [deep breath!] Astros, White Sox, Athletics, Reds, Pirates, Rays, Brewers, Blue Jays, Marlins, White Sox again and finally for the second time with the Pirates. He hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2016, so this is big for Elmore.

The D-backs will try to get out of the current taco-less streak, which reached seven games after yesterday’s display of futility with the bases loaded. Got some way to go, however, to match the Great Taco Famine of 2018, when the D-backs went 14 consecutive contests during the hell which was May, from the 9th through the 23rd inclusive. The Diamondbacks were a staggeringly bad 1-13 over that time, scoring an average of fewer than TWO runs per game (26 runs in total. So anyone who thinks our current streak is anything like last May, clearly has a memory problem. :) But if the current run ends tonight - I’d not say know to a Christian Walker grand-slam - I’m sure we’ll all be happier.