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D-backs Preview #131: 8/28 @ Phillies

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Today's Lineups

DIAMONDBACKS PHILLIES
Josh Rojas - 2B Odubel Herrera - CF
Ketel Marte - CF Jean Segura - 2B
Pavin Smith - 1B Bryce Harper - RF
Carson Kelly - C Didi Gregorius - SS
David Peralta - LF Andrew McCutchen - LF
Josh VanMeter - 3B Brad Miller - 1B
Daulton Varsho - RF Ronald Torreyes - 3B
Nick Ahmed - SS Rafael Marchan - C
Humberto Mejia - RHP Kyle Gibson - RHP

Tankapalooza update

Well, the Orioles finally won a game. So there’s that! In fact, they won two in a row! However, they are still 2-8 over their last ten, which is three games worse than the D-backs. As a result, Baltimore now has a 212 game lead over Arizona in the battle for the first draft pick next year. We are also looking nervously over our shoulders at the Texas Rangers, who are also 2-8, and are just one game further back of the Diamondbacks. However, at least the Pirates have not been able to make up ground, also being 5-5, like the D-backs. But with 32 games left for Arizona, there’s still time for a surge - in either direction... Here are the current standings:

  1. Baltimore Orioles 40-87
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks 44-86
  3. Texas Rangers 44-84
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates 47-82
  5. Miami Marlins 53-76

Torey Lovullo notes

  • No weather delay alerts have been issued as of this writing
  • Jake McCarthy:A great athlete, he’s finally put things together over the last 12 to 16 months where he reshaped his swing and developed into what he is right now. At the plate…..there is a ton of bat speed, there is a knowledgable two strike approach.” Torey also spoke glowingly of the play he made last night coming in a ball to make a sliding catch.
  • Teaching at the MLB level: We believe in development at this level and the teaching never stops.
  • Luke Weaver: He’s been cleared by MLB to resume baseball activity
  • Humberto Mejia last time out vs. Pittsburgh: “The thing that I liked about him was the effectiveness of his fastball. He knew where it was going. He wasn’t trying to place it, he was throwing it. Had good action in the strike zone. And then the shape of the secondary stuff. It’s always a concern for some of the things that I’m looking at when a young player comes up here , is he going to try and just land his breaking ball or is he going to throw it . He was throwing it very effectively and he got a lot of strike and swing and miss with that pitch.”

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