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D-backs Preview #87: 7/6 vs. Rockies

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The two worst road records in the majors collide. Luckily, we’re at home. :)

Arizona Diamondbacks v Seattle Mariners Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

ROCKIES DIAMONDBACKS
Raimel Tapia - LF Josh Rojas - SS
Yonathan Daza - CF David Peralta - LF
Trevor Story - SS Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Charlie Blackmon - RF Christian Walker - 1B
Brendan Rodgers - 2B Pavin Smith - RF
Ryan McMahon - 3B Josh VanMeter - 2B
C.J. Cron - 1B Stephen Vogt - C
Elias Diaz - C Daulton Varsho - CF
Jon Gray - RHP Merrill Kelly - RHP

Roster moves

  • Recalled OF Stuart Fairchild (No. 63) from Triple-A Reno.
  • Activated RHP Jordan Weems (No. 41).
  • Optioned OF Nick Heath to Reno.
  • Designated RHP Ryan Buchter for assignment.

Fairchild will be making his Major League debut, after hitting .328 (21-for-64) with a 1.083 OPS, 6 HR and 18 RBI in 17 games for the Reno Aces this season. He came to the D-backs from the Reds, along with Josh VanMeter at the trade deadline last year, in exchange for Archie Bradley.

Difficult though it is to believe, the Diamondbacks do not have the worst road record in the majors, despite setting an MLB record with 24 consecutive defeats away from home. Heck, Arizona doesn’t even have the worst record in the National League West. Because a whopping 4 12 games back of the Diamondbacks this year, at a startling 6-31, we find the Colorado Rockies. The Coors Factor has been particularly apparent this year. No team in the majors has more home wins to this point than Colorado’s 31. While that’s partly a result of them having played more in Denver, their 31-16 record is largely comparable with that of the Padres (30-16), Dodgers (28-13) or Giants (26-12).

Torey Lovullo notes

  • We picked up Jordan Weems on waivers, and DFA’s Ryan Buchter. We’re constantly trying to upgrade, and it’s a very competitive situation. Everyone is being evaluated, and you’re going to see some changes like this. There just wasn’t consistent playing time for Nick Heath, and we were a very left-handed hitting team. Stuart Fairchild has been executing at a very high level in Reno. He’ll probably get some reps against left-handed pitching. He’s a real good defender, not sure yet where in the outfield will be the best spot.
  • Madison Bumgarner threw three innings (55 pitches) in the AZL, and reported feeling good. No plans yet to get MadBum back into the rotation, but we’ll talk about it with him.
  • Taylor Widener is feeling good and will be evaluated over the next couple of days to see where they go. Got through the Hillsboro outing, and felt strong.
  • Tyler Clippard will pitch in the AZL, and will need a couple of outings before we figure out what to do.
  • Kole Calhoun got some live at-bats will play in the AZL later this week. He should not be far behind the point at which he had his setback last week.
  • Taylor Clarke will throw in the AZL tonight, and we’re excited about that.
  • Ketel Marte continues to do a lot of baseball activity. We’re trying not to have him run, but we’re putting his lower half through activites
  • Zac Gallen will throw a bullpen tomorrow.
  • Carson Kelly had a light game of catch, which is encouraging. He’s doing everything except for using his right hand.
  • Torey feels like we’re getting close to have the rotation we wanted, and get us moving in the right direction.
  • Castellano and Faria will get the starts for the rest of the series against the Rockies.
  • Torey will have the Suns game in on his office until he has to leave, and wishes them good luck.

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