The Arizona Diamondbacks welcome their division rivals — and the team with the best record baseball — the Los Angeles Dodgers in to Chase Field for a three-game series that begins tonight. To say this is an important series may be slightly understating things. Consider this, when the Dodgers and D-backs last met they were separated by a mere 2 1/2 games in the standings. They’re now separated by 16 games. Momentum can be a funny thing.
The D-backs will be led tonight by RHP Zack Godley, who lasted 5 2/3 innings in his last outing against the Dodgers on July 5, 2017. He gave up only one run on three hits in that contest. Unfortunately, that run was one more than the D-backs scored against red-hot Alex Wood. If Godley can come out early and establish his fastball command, this could be another dominate outing for him.
The lineup for the D-backs looks pretty much like what I’d expect their postseason lineup to look like. David Peralta is leading off, followed by A.J. Pollock, Jake Lamb, and Paul Goldschmidt. Speaking of Goldy, he’s batting .311 with 25 home runs in 105 career games against the Dodgers. Meanwhile, Jake Lamb is batting .450 with two home runs against tonight’s starter, Kenta Maeda.
J.D. Martinez is playing left field and batting fifth in the order for the D-backs. He had a couple nice performances in San Francisco over the weekend, highlighted by his game on Saturday when he went 3-for-4 including a single, a double, a triple and a walk. If Lamb, Goldschmidt and Martinez start banging the ball around the field tonight it could turn ugly quickly for the Dodgers.
Following Martinez in tonight’s lineup is Daniel Descalso batting sixth and playing second base, Chris Iannetta behind the dish and hitting seventh, while Ketel Marte is hitting eighth and playing shortstop.
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