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Preview, #97: 7/18 vs. Brewers

Now would be a good time for the D-backs to start hitting as if they like Chase Field.

San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Lorenzo Cain - CF Tim Locastro - LF
Christian Yelich - RF Ketel Marte - CF
Yasmani Grandal - C Eduardo Escobar - 2B
Mike Moustakas - 3B Christian Walker - 1B
Ryan Braun - LF Adam Jones - RF
Eric Thames - 1B Jake Lamb - 3B
Keston Hiura - 2B Nick Ahmed - SS
Orlando Arcia - SS Carson Kelly - C
Zach Davies - RHP Merrill Kelly - RHP

The Diamondbacks come into this home-stand with the fourth-best road record in the National League, but the fourth-worst record in their own park. This is almost entirely a result of the offense struggling there. Across the National League, the average home ERA is 0.30 runs better than on the road, and the D-backs are pretty close to that. Actually, they’re a bit better, with a home ERA that’s 0.40 lower (3.97 vs. 4.37). At the plate, though... The average NL team hits 28 points better at home; the D-backs, however, hit a remarkable 89 points worse on their own (artificial) turf. They have currently hit more than twice as many home-runs elsewhere than at Chase Field (93:46).

That road figure is probably related to the juiced balls. With one-third of their road schedule still to play, those 93 home-runs is already more than they hit over any FULL season on the road from 2006-2016. The current pace of 130 would blow past the previous high of 115, set all the way back in 1999. But at home? Just two years ago, in the last pre-humidor season, the D-backs hit 122 home-runs at Chase. Their current rate would fall short of ninety, though would still be more than the eighty hit last season. Still, last year, the home-road split was +24 points, right in the ballpark (hohoho) of what you’d expect. This season it’s not. This series would be a really good time for the offense to figure it out.

Torey Lovullo media briefing

  • With Wilmer Flores up and Kevin Cron sent down, Torey was asked if Lamb would mostly play 3rd vs. righties, with Flores at second vs. lefties, and Escobar sliding back over to 3rd. Torey said: “Yeah, I think we are going to see a heavy rotation with 4 or 5 guys for three spots and not everybody is going to play every day. I think they’re adding that up and trying to figure that out. But I’m going to lay down some of those thoughts and relay the message to the players so they know and they’re not caught by surprise. I believe in that”
  • Jarrod Dyson should be available off the bench, but in Torey’s mind he’s day to day.
  • Starter for Sunday is still TBD.
  • Jon Duplantier is throwing in Visalia today, 45 pitch limit
  • Luke Weaver threw out to 75 feet yesterday. Today is a recovery day. Then he will have another image taken. If all goes well there. he will begin progressing on his throwing program. But Torey was VERY non-committal.
  • Taijuan Walker has NOT resumed baseball activities or throwing.
  • Blake Swihart has begun a rehab assignment.

Jack’s interpretation of above pitcher comments:

  • Duplantier seems to be a couple weeks away from returning. It’s not certain they will stretch him all the way out though.
  • Weaver is unlikely to return before September 1, and if he makes it back at all, it might only be for relief work. I don’t see how they can get him stretched out to start at this pace.
  • Taijuan Walker appears done for the year.