Well that didn’t take long, did it? Just a day after the Diamondbacks acquired J.D. Martinez, he’s in the lineup batting fifth and playing right field. That pushes David Peralta to left field. Martinez will be preceded in the lineup by Jake Lamb batting third and Paul Goldschmidt hitting cleanup.
We got a good look yesterday, in the Diamondbacks 11- 2 thumping of the Reds, at just how susceptible the Reds pitching staff is to, well, any major league hitters. The Reds league-worst staff ERA certainly didn’t improve with yesterday’s lashing. Today, their ERA is a healthy 5.28 on the year.
The Reds will go with Tim Adleman on the mound, who’s sporting a 4.99 ERA backed by an even worse 5.79 FIP. So you’re telling me that Adleman’s 4.99 ERA is a little luckily low? Not to mention, Adleman is a reverse-split guy with right-handed hitters batting .273 and lefties hitting .232. He could be in for a long evening against the Diamondbacks, particularly against Goldy, who’s hammering righties at a .331 clip, and Martinez in the lineup.
Zack Greinke has been solid for the Diamondbacks in this, his second season on the team. His 2.86 ERA is his lowest since he finished second in Cy Young Award voting in 2015 with a 1.66 ERA. Yes, this is indeed the Zack Greinke we all thought we were getting when the D-backs signed him back in December 2015.
With Greinke on the hill, it’s never hard to feel good about the Diamondbacks chances at posting a “W”. The Reds offense against right-handed pitchers is middle of the pack. They’re batting .258 on the year verses righties, which is right in line with their .257 season batting average.
Here’s the rest of tonight’s Diamondbacks lineup:
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