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Preview, #71: 6/14 @ Nationals

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Jarrod Dyson - CF Trea Turner - SS
Ketel Marte - 2B Victor Robles - RF
David Peralta - LF Anthony Rendon - 3B
Adam Jones - RF Juan Soto - LF
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Howie Kendrick - 1B
Kevin Cron - 1B Brian Dozier - 2B
Nick Ahmed - SS Kurt Suzuki - C
Carson Kelly - C Michael Taylor - CF
Robbie Ray - LHP Max Scherzer - RHP

Afraid there isn’t time for a proper preview here, so I’ll just mention a couple of things. Another round of Reno Bus Bingo took place, with the news that catcher Alex Avila is indeed on the DL with a strained left calf. He has been replaced on the roster by Caleb Joseph, though I expect we will probably see Carson Kelly get a bit more of the starts than was previously the case.

This evening’s pitching match-up promised to be a good one, featuring former D-back fireballer Max Scherzer against current D-back fireballer, Robbie Ray. I’ll just leave here, this very interesting comparison from Jack between the two pitchers to the same points of their career:

It would be really nice if Ray followed suit, turning in a Cy Young-worthy performance over the rest of this season. We’ve seen flashes in the past, with good weeks and even good months. But putting together outings of that quality for the remainder of 2019 would be a huge boost to this team’s post-season chances.