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D-backs Preview #116: 8/12 vs. Padres

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Tankapalooza and roster updates!

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Today's Lineups

PADRES DIAMONDBACKS
Tommy Pham - LF Josh Rojas - SS
Adam Frazier - 2B Ketel Marte - CF
Manny Machado - 3B Pavin Smith - RF
Jake Cronenworth - SS Carson Kelly - C
Eric Hosmer - 1B David Peralta - LF
Wil Myers - RF Christian Walker - 1B
Trent Grisham - CF Josh VanMeter - 2B
Victor Caratini - C Drew Ellis - 3B
Yu Darvish - RHP Matt Peacock - RHP

Roster move

The Arizona Diamondbacks made the following roster moves:

  • Placed OF Kole Calhoun on the 10-day injured list (strained left hamstring).
  • Recalled INF Jake Hager from Triple-A Reno.

San Diego looked to be struggling for a bit, but seem to have at least somewhat righted the ship. With the Reds having dropped their last three, the Padres still have a moderately comfortable four-game lead over them for the second wild-card spot. Fangraphs gives them about a 76% chance of taking a wild-card spot, with the Reds down at 15%, and the rest of the field filling out the balance. Interestingly, the Dodgers ongoing failure to reel in the Giants has seem them drop to just a 53% chance to win the division. Still favorites, obviously, but that’s as low as it has been since (briefly) the end of May. The Giants are up at 44%, a season high, with the Padres for the balance.

Tankapalooza update

A lot of losing of late among the top four, who are now pulling away from the rest of the pack. There’s now a 612 game gap between the Pirates and the Marlins, in fifth, so it seems to be among the leading quartet. They all are 3-7 or worse over the last ten, with Pittsburgh’s 1-9 record leading the way. Both Arizona and Baltimore have gone 2-8, so little change there since the last time we looked. Those two currently have active four- and seven-game losing streaks, and the Pirates are also on seven, so those are the form teams at this point. Here’s the current standings, with Arizona 412 ahead of Baltimore.

  1. Arizona Diamondbacks: 35-80
  2. Baltimore Orioles: 38-74
  3. Texas Rangers: 40-74
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates: 41-73
  5. Miami Marlins: 48-67

Torey Lovullo notes

  • Kole Calhoun will go on IL today as expected. This injury is in a different spot, different muscle than his previous injury that required surgery. It will be a matter of weeks, not days for his return, but Torey would not offer a timeline other than to suggest we compare to others with similar injuries. Last night in the post game interviews Kole said he was “feeling awesome until that moment” and had no signs or symptoms of any issues prior to then.
  • As of this writing, the corresponding move and today’s lineup had not yet been announced as they were still going through protocols before they could activate whoever is being called up. That will happen about 30 seconds after I hit send to Jim. ;) [Jim: see above!]
  • Replacing Kole in RF: I asked if we should expect to see more of Pavin Smith or Josh Rojas in RF in Kole’s absence. Torey said that he wants to see Rojas more in the middle of the diamond, and we should expect to see more of Pavin over Josh in RF.
  • Tyler Gilbert will get the start on Saturday. Torey would neither commit to it being a “bullpen game”, or for Gilbert to go 5 or 6 innings, simply stating Gilbert is “fairly stretched out”. In his last start in Reno on July 29th he went 6 innings, and threw 91 pitches. Since being called up he has worked in 3 games, and threw 19, 19 & 32 pitches most recently on August 7th.
  • Josh Rojas and head first slides: An interesting question was asked by Evan Thompson. What discussions have the coaches had with players, and Josh in particular, when he is trying to advance an extra base on a hit, (as opposed to stealing). Torey acknowledged those are instinctual cases, and while they try to get the players to slide feet first, in those cases the athlete also needs to do what comes naturally. However they players are instructed NEVER to slide head first into first base or home plate. That segment of the recording a good listen. about 4:40 into the recording.
  • Dave McKay is with the team today for pre-game and practice but is still not cleared by his doctors to be on the field in uniform during games. “He’s here today, he’s the Godfather. He walks in, you stop, you put down your pencil and you have a conversation with him , and you fill up your empty vessel. the best that you can “ McKay has his eye on the next road trip, but it will be up to his team of doctors to clear that.
  • Luke Weaver will make a rehab start in Reno on Saturday, and target pitch range is 55-60.

Torey Lovullo audio [or link]