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Preview, #115: 8/7 vs. Phillies

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The team’s sole remaining Zac/h/k takes the mound for his Diamondbacks debut.

Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

PHILLIES DIAMONDBACKS
Corey Dickerson - LF Ketel Marte - CF
Rhys Hoskins - 1B David Peralta - LF
Bryce Harper - RF Eduardo Escobar - 3B
J.T. Realmuto - C Christian Walker - 1B
Jean Segura - SS Adam Jones - RF
Cesar Hernandez - 2B Wilmer Flores - 2B
Scott Kingery - 3B Nick Ahmed - SS
Adam Haseley - CF Carson Kelly - C
Jason Vargas - LHP Zac Gallen - RHP

Why is Zac/h/k such an apparently pitcher-friendly name? For a few glorious hours on trade deadline day, the D-backs had three of them: Zac Gallen, Zack Godley and Zack Greinke. If only we had acquired the MarinersZac Grotz, Arizona would have had a complete monopoly on all of the Zac/h/k G’s who have pitched in the majors this year. But it’s weirdly interesting to see how the name skews towards the mound, rather than the plate. Of the sixteen Zac/h/k’s to have appeared at the MLB level in 2019, thirteen are pitchers. Only three - Zack Collins, Zack Cozart and Zach Green - are position players. And it’s even more one-sided here in Arizona.

Because the D-backs’ ratio in their franchise history after tonight will be an arguably more impressive 6:0 in this category. Gallen will be following Zach Kroenke (2010-11), Zach Duke (2011), Godley (2015-19), Zac Curtis (2016) and Greinke (2016-19). We’ve never had a Zac/h/k as a position player, and for now, that seems unlikely to change. Admittedly, the two Zac/h/k prospects in the Arizona farm system are both position players: Zach Almond is a catcher, and Zack Shannon a first-baseman. But both are currently down in A-ball with the Kane County Cougars, so we won’t be seeing them for quite some time to come.

Torey Lovullo media briefing

  • Luke Weaver threw on flat ground, and it went well. He will throw a bullpen session from the mound on Friday at Salt River Fields.
  • Lovullo is hoping that Weaver can get back this season. Getting stretched out to start may be challenging. But how he responds, and team needs in the playoff race at the time, will determine if he starts or relieves when he comes back.
  • Walker threw out to 70 feet, is about 10 days behind Weaver’s progression.
  • The Greg Holland DFA was a tough decision, but they feel they have the depth. His command issues just did not improve. The issues had been building before he was removed from closer role. Torey also alluded to a lack of response to coaching...
  • He won’t commit to naming Archie Bradley the closer, but acknowledged that he’s leaning towards Archie in the 9th. most nights now. However if there are left-handed outs to get in the 9th, don’t be surprised to see Andrew Chafin.
  • The recent errors and defense issues were due to lack of focus and sloppy footwork. The team was taking extra fielding practice during the press conference.
  • Funny bit at the very end when it was mentioned to Torey that Pitch Tracking confirmed Jarrod Dyson’s side of the story from his ejection last night. Torey, looking down from the podium, said very matter of fact, “Yup!”. Laughs all around. Exit Lovullo.