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Preview, #78: 6/22 vs. Giants

The Zack Godley experience returns tonight at Chase Field. Buckle up.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Philadelphia Phillies Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Lineups

Giants Diamondbacks
Giants Diamondbacks
Joe Panik 2B Jarrod Dyson CF
Mike Yastrzemski RF Ildemaro Vargas 2B
Buster Posey C David Peralta LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B Adam Jones RF
Brandon Belt 1B Eduardo Escobar 3B
Kevin Pillar CF Christian Walker 1B
Alex Dickerson LF Nick Ahmed SS
Brandon Crawford SS Carson Kelly C
Tyler Beede P Zack Godley P

Tonight can be a train wreck for the pitching corps of both teams. I’m warning you. For the starters this evening, Zack Godley and Tyler Beede, each have an ERA north of 6.50. Beede is in a drastically different position than Godley being a 26 year old rookie with exactly 36 innings on his Major League resume. He is coming off of his first career victory having stymied the Los Angeles Dodgers over six innings his last time out. Beede’s first career start came against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 10th, 2018 in San Francisco in which he allowed two runs and three hits over four innings. Beede has largely thrown just three pitches this season relying mostly on his four seam fastball while mixing in a changeup and curveball for his off speed offerings. He has almost completely eliminated his sinker and cutter this season.

Meanwhile, Godley is making his first start in over a month which also came against the Giants at Chase Field. Arizona frankly has nobody else to turn to other than Godley at this time without looking outside of the organization. Luke Weaver, Taijuan Walker, and Jon Duplantier are all on the shelf with various injuries. Taylor Clarke is getting shelled as he continues to gain MLB experience, and Taylor Widener has had a difficult time adjusting to the run environment at AAA Reno. Arizona has allowed Godley to work on his issues out of the bullpen. He has been serviceable on occasion, but he continues to fall off of the mound towards the first base side although not as dramatic as before. He’s coming off of mop up duty in the series finale against the Washington Nationals. Being tasked with cleaning up Archie Bradley’s start in that game, Godley surrendered six earned runs on three long balls in 4 & 23 innings.

Ketel Marte sits this contest out after being lifted from last night’s game with a groin cramp. Listening to the pregame audio from Torey Lovullo submitted by Jack Sommers, he sounds optimistic that Marte’s injury is not serious. However, Kevin Cron was sent down to Reno last night in favor of Domingo Leyba to ensure that there would not be a shortage of middle infielders should Marte miss more than just a few games.

Below is the audio. I suggest skipping the first two minutes of chit chat.

  • Kevin Cron was a “tough send out”. He’d been doing his job and banging the ball like they wanted him to, but they did not want to end up playing any meaningful innings without a “perfect” defensive alignment (with Marte’s absence).
  • Jake Lamb is playing a day game after night game. Results in AAA are not as important as getting up to speed and remaining healthy.
  • Jon Duplantier has resumed a throwing program.
  • No time table for Luke Weaver to begin throwing.
  • Torey is not feeling a sense of urgency, and taking things day by day. He put’s a lot of pressure on himself as the leader of the clubhouse. Does not feel that their record is what it should be based on the team’s talent.