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Preview, #62: 6/4 vs. Dodgers

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Tonight, with extra added Torey audio!

Arizona Diamondbacks v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

DODGERS DIAMONDBACKS
Joc Pederson - LF Ketel Marte - CF
Max Muncy - 3B Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Corey Seager - SS Adam Jones - RF
Cody Bellinger - RF David Peralta - LF
David Freese - 1B Christian Walker - 1B
Alex Verdugo - CF Ildemaro Vargas - 2B
Enrique Hernandez - 2B Nick Ahmed - SS
Russell Martin - C Carson Kelly - C
Hyun-Jin Ryu - LHP Taylor Clarke - RHP

Jack’s at the game at Chase Field tonight, and he sent over the audio from manager Torey Lovullo’s pre-game press briefing. Through the magic tubes of the Internetz, we are able to embed it for your listening pleasure below... [Don’t expect this every time, but it might pop up now and again in future] If you aren’t able to use the player for whatever reason, here’s a link to the MP3.

The main highlight here was that Jake Lamb will have a “normal work day” today, then be running tomorrow. If those both go well, he’ll be ready to go out on a rehab assignment. The team thinks he will need at least 5-7 games, so would put his return, most likely for the series in Washington, from June 13-16. There was also an interesting question about whether scouting is now considered subordinate to analytics: Torey’s reply was that almost all of the time the analytics match what he is thinking and seeing, and maybe only 5% of the time is there a discrepancy. He said the decision to leave Archie Bradley in to face Nolan Arenado was one supported by the analytics. I know there are people who disagree. :)

The D-backs will look to level the series, but face a tough task against Ryu, who is 8-1 with a 1.48 ERA this year. And he has been even better than that of late: in his last five starts, he is 5-0 and has allowed ANY runs in just one of those outings. That’s two earned runs over 37.2 innings, for an ERA in that time of 0.48, with a K:BB ratio in that time of 30:3. Yep, it feels like the D-backs are going to have to take advantage of any opportunities they get this evening, and it’s also going to need Taylor Clarke to be at his absolute best. But we’ve seen these kinds of apparent mis-matches go the Diamondbacks’ way in the past: that’s why they play the games, after all...