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D-backs Preview #71: 6/18 vs. Dodgers

Well, at least the D-backs can’t lose on the road tonight...

Home Sweet Homicide Photo by LMPC via Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Mookie Betts - CF Josh Rojas - RF
Chris Taylor - 2B Ketel Marte - CF
Justin Turner - 3B Eduardo Escobar - 2B
Albert Pujols - 1B Christian Walker - 1B
AJ Pollock - LF Asdrubal Cabrera - 3B
Will Smith - C David Peralta - LF
Steven Souza - RF Carson Kelly - C
Gavin Lux - SS Nick Ahmed - SS
Trevor Bauer - RHP Caleb Smith - LHP

Roster move

The Arizona Diamondbacks made the following roster moves:

  • Selected RHP Noé Ramirez (No. 50) from Triple-A Reno.
  • Designated RHP Keury Mella (KAY-ooh-ree MAY-uh) for assignment.

You are probably asking yourself right now, “Who the hell is Noé Ramirez?” A fair question. The 31-year-old pitcher was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, and made his MLB debut for him in 2015. In August 2017, the Angels picked him up off waivers, and up until last month, he had been there ever since. Well, except for a bit last winter, when he was dealt to the Reds, released before Opening Day, and signed back with the Angels. But even they DFA’d him in May, and he opted for free-agency instead of a minor-league assignment. All told, the right-hander has a 4.20 ERA (107 ERA+) over 214.1 innings, with a K:BB of 230:80. Per MLB Trade Rumors:

Ramirez is a soft-tosser, sitting in the 89-90 mph range with his fastball. Ramirez relies primarily on a changeup to generate swings and misses; he’s finished off 344 plate appearances with that pitch in the big leagues, and opponents are hitting just .195/.227/.289 in those instances. His slider was a decent pitch for him earlier in his career but has been hit hard in recent seasons.

And, just to spoil all those jokes before anyone makes them, it’s pronounced No-AY. :) And ALT+130 on your number pad will let you type that é. Anyway, he’ll be available as Arizona tries to stop the rot at a franchise-record fourteen losses in a row. Be nice to do it against Los Angeles. I imagine opponents must now be almost banking on a sweep of the D-backs. Arizona have been swept in their last four, and seven of nine. The last time the team actually won a series? That would be taking three of four against the Rockies on May 2. Since then, they have no wins in 13 attempts, the nearest being a split of the four-game series against the Marlins from May 10-13.

Torey Lovullo notes

  • Madison Bumgarner threw from flat ground today, and will throw a bullpen Tuesday
  • Taylor Widener threw a 31 pitch bullpen, and also did Pitcher Fielding Practice, which is significant because seeing how he reacts to moving off the mound is important for the type of groin injury he had
  • Tyler Clippard threw 15 pitch from flat ground followed by 10 pitches from the mound.
  • Luke Weaver and Taylor Clarke are still in the “treatment phase” i.e. no throwing yet.
  • On the call-up of Noe Ramirez and Keury Mella being DFA’d.

Torey Lovullo audio [or link]