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Preview, #55: 5/28 @ Rockies

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We welcome a new pitcher to the D-backs, and offer an update on Reno Bus Bingo!

Greyhound Running Short of Capital Photo by Alex Wong/Newsmakers

Today's Lineups

DIAMONDBACKS ROCKIES
Jarrod Dyson - CF Raimel Tapia - LF
Ketel Marte - 2B Trevor Story - SS
Eduardo Escobar - 3B David Dahl - RF
Adam Jones - RF Nolan Arenado - 3B
Christian Walker - 1B Daniel Murphy - 1B
Tim Locastro - LF Ryan McMahon - 2B
Nick Ahmed - SS Ian Desmond - CF
Alex Avila - C Chris Iannetta - C
Merrill Kelly - RHP A. Senzatela - RHP

Jimmie Sherfy’s arm was unavailable for the next few days, having through a career MLB high 42 pitches yesterday against the Rockies. Indeed, you have to go back to August 2015 to find a game in which he threw so many pitches, at any level. So it probably does not come as a surprise to find him churning his way back to Reno as a result. Perhaps surprisingly though, the D-backs have chosen to say hello to Stefan Crichton, who will be making his Diamondbacks’ debut. It won’t, however, be his major-league debut. That took place in April 2017, as a member of the Orioles bullpen. With an ERA of 8.03 over 12.1 innings of work, I’m helping Crichton has improved a bit since: he has a 4.18 ERA with Reno.

However, it was more than a run lower before yesterday’s outing, where Crichton had a bit of a atinker. As Wes already noted, Stefan came in for what could have been his first save of the season for the Aces, against the Las Vegas Aviators [I still miss them being called the 51’s!]. But he allowed four runs, all of them with two outs, on five hits. But over the 15 games prior to that, Crichton had worked 24.2 innings [so he does offer a bit of length], with a 2.19 ERA, 25 strikeouts and holding opposing hitters to a .179 average. That’s the performance we’ll be hoping to see from him, though as we will probably need a roster spot for a starter on Friday, this stay may be a brief one.

But it has been a couple of weeks since we last checked the standings for Reno Bus Bingo, so let’s do that. And it turns out to be very close at the top, with five players now tied for first place, with three spells on the 2019 Diamondbacks.

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