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Preview, #99: 7/20 vs. Brewers

Zack Greinke seeks to bounce back from a rare L last time out.

Arizona Diamondbacks v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

BREWERS DIAMONDBACKS
Yasmani Grandal - C Tim Locastro - LF
Christian Yelich - RF Ketel Marte - CF
Ryan Braun - LF Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Mike Moustakas - 3B Christian Walker - 1B
Keston Hiura - 2B Adam Jones - RF
Eric Thames - 1B Wilmer Flores - 2B
Tyler Saladino - SS Nick Ahmed - SS
Gio Gonzalez - LHP Carson Kelly - C
Ben Gamel - CF Zack Greinke - RHP

A roster move for the D-backs this afternoon, with Matt Andriese going on the injured list with what is described as a bone contusion in his foot, suffered in last night’s game. And there I was, thinking he was suffering from a chronic case of cantpitchforshititis. Take your time getting well, Mr. Andriese. If you’re not ready until November, that’s fine by me. Taking his roster spot is Jimmie Sher... Oh, who am I trying to kid. Of course it’s not Sherfy. [Though since he’s currently on the injured list for Reno with an “upper body” issue, it’s actually not too surprising. He’s also been struggling of late, with an ERA in the past month or so of 9.28 and 13 walks in 10.2 innings] Stefan Crichton is brought back up instead.

Zack Greinke takes the mound for Arizona, after a rough outing in St. Louis against the Cardinals. But I’m hopefully he’ll continue being able to put bad games behind him, something he’s been good at this year. In the previous three starts following a Greinke loss, he is undefeated, going six innings on each occasion and has posted a K:BB of 22:3 over those 18 innings. As mentioned in last night’s recap, victory will leap us over the Brewers in the wild-card standings, while the Giants, Rockies and Padres have also already lost in early game action. Now, if the Pirates can beat the Phillies, and the Braves defeat the Nationals, I’ll be all the happier for that!

Torey Lovullo’s media briefing

  • Luke Weaver threw out to 90 feet for five minutes
  • David Peralta took aggressive BP and ran the bases. If all is good after today, he’s trending towards a rehab assignment. Hoping for his return during the upcoming road trip.
  • Last Night’s Marte Ejection: Torey didn’t blame the umpire for the ejection so much as the inconsistency. Ryan Braun got away with being similarly disrespectful, throwing his equipment while standing right in front of the umpire as well.
  • Prior to the ejection the dugout had been barking at the umpire. This could have had an impact on how umpire reacted to Marte.
  • There was a lengthy back and forth between Nick Piecoro and Torey on Taylor Clarke’s issues. Torey was straight forward about the lack of duplicating good pitches and just putting too many in the middle of the zone. Admitted concern
  • Torey was pressed on his intended usage of Jon Duplantier and how committed they are to stretching him out as fallback plan if Clarke cannot right his ship. The questioner clearly had an opinion on that ;)