D-backs Starting Lineup: Peralta Leads Off, Lamb Bats 7th, Greinke Pitching

It’s player’s weekend and players will be wearing customized jerseys with nicknames that will be solvable once you see who is wearing the jersey. Or, you can just scroll down and see the lineup with the players names next to their nicknames. Money raised from auctioning game-worn jerseys will benefit MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, focused on improving amateur baseball and softball programs in the U.S. and Canada. That’s very cool.

Zack Greinke takes the mound for the Diamondbacks tonight looking for his 15th win of the season. His last outing was his shortest this year, so he’s sure to bounce back tonight, because he’s Zack Greinke and that’s what he does.

David Peralta, aka ‘Freight Train’, will lead off tonight followed by Chris Iannetta, A.J. Pollock, Paul Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez and Brandon Drury. Wondering where Jake Lamb is in the order? Yeah, so was I, until I noticed that Torey Lovullo has him batting seventh in the order again. If you’re wondering why, then you aren’t alone.

In the second half of the season, Lamb has been bounced around in the order more than a pinball in an Elvis pinball machine, and I cannot figure out why. Here is some data that shows why I am dumbfounded when Lamb bats anywhere other than fourth in the order.

Batting Average by position in the order for Jake Lamb:

Batting 3rd – .237
Batting 4th – .283
Batting 5th – .125
Batting 7th – .167
Batting 8th – .000
Batting 9th – .000

Honestly, it seems so simple to me but I suppose Lovullo has to have a reason why he has only played Lamb fourth in the order three times out of 35 games in the second half. And now, since I’ve pointed this all out, Lamb should go 4-for-5 and fall a single short of the cycle. You’re welcome, Jake!

Freight Train – David Peralta

C.I. – Chris Iannetta

Pollo – A.J. Pollock

Goldy – Paul Goldschmidt

Flaco – J.D. Martinez

B. Dru – Brandon Drury

Lambo – Jake Lamb

The Pike – Ketel marte

Zach Greinke as ‘Greinke

Jon Ferlise

Jon Ferlise is the editor and lead writer at Dbacks Insider. He is a life-long, passionate baseball fan who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, playing stickball and watching baseball at the College World Series. He aims to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant Dbacks news and commentary every day.

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