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D-backs Preview #48: 5/23 @ Rockies

The battle for last place reaches its climax

“Army Of The Dead” On Piccadilly Lights Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Ketel Marte - CF Raimel Tapia - LF
Pavin Smith - 1B Trevor Story - SS
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Charlie Blackmon - RF
David Peralta - LF C.J. Cron - 1B
Josh Rojas - SS Ryan McMahon - 2B
Josh Reddick - RF Josh Fuentes - 3B
Domingo Leyba - 2B Yonathan Daza - CF
Daulton Varsho - C Dom Nunez - C
Taylor Widener - RHP Jon Gray - RHP


The Arizona Diamondbacks made the following roster moves:

Reinstated RHP Taylor Widener (right groin strain) from the 10-day injured list. Widener will start today’s game.

Following yesterday’s game, optioned INF/OF Josh VanMeter to Triple-A Reno.

No pre-game commentary from Torey Lovullo this morning. At the time Torey took to the Zoom, Jack was hacking his way around some golf course, and I was enjoying a nice, Sunday lie-in with Mrs. SnakePit watching another episode of Death in Paradise. There may have been muffins involved. Just sayin’. Indeed, I’m not certain how much I’ll be about for the body of this one. Given the Diamondbacks have lost their last seven games, the appeal of watching what seems potentially likely to be another one, has to be weighed against other entertainment options, such as watching Dave Bautista and pals try to carry out a heist in Las Vegas, despite the zombie apocalypse being in full effect.

Yeah, the Diamondbacks trying to avoid their twelfth consecutive defeat on the road is quite hard pushed to compete with Army of the Dead. If that losing streak runs to 13, then Arizona will have sole possession of the worst record in the National League. Depending on how results go elsewhere, they could end up ahead only of Minnesota in the majors.

Otherwise, the return of Taylor Widener is perhaps the main point of interest. He was last seen slightly over a month ago, and had a solid start to the season. In four starts, he had a 2.82 ERA, though his FIP was almost two runs higher, at 4.81. But the way the team has been pitching of late, we’ll take fresh blood. Though it is the offense which has been more of concern recently. The provision of loss-flavored tacos yesterday afternoon don’t particularly help. I always tend to think that scoring five runs or more at Coors Field should only result in TWO free tacos, or something. Anyway, might see you in the Gameday Thread. Or I might not. I reserve the right to bolt in favor of walking dead mayhem.