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Arizona Diamondbacks roster and schedule for 2020 season

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The 2020 MLB season is now a 60-game dash, starting on July 23 and ending, hopefully, with a full-size postseason in October. Between now and the start of the season, we’ll be giving quick capsule previews of each team, reminding you of where things stood back in Spring Training and where they stand now as we embark on what is sure to be the strangest season in baseball history. First up: The Arizona Diamondbacks roster and schedule:

DIAMONDBACKS ROSTER (projected)

When the season opens on July 23-24, teams can sport rosters of up to 30 players, with a minimum of 25. Two weeks later, rosters must be reduced to 28 and then, two weeks after that, they must be reduced to 26. Teams will be permitted to add a 27th player for doubleheaders.

In light of that, there is a great degree of latitude for which specific players will break summer camp. For now, though, here are who we expect to be on the Diamondbacks roster to begin the season:

Catchers:

Carson Kelly
Stephen Vogt

Infielders:

Christian Walker
Jake Lamb
Ketel Marte
Nick Ahmed
Ildemaro Vargas
Eduardo Escobar
Jake Lamb

Outfielders:

Starling Marte
David Peralta
Kole Calhoun
Tim Locastro
Jon Jay
Trayce Thompson

Starters:

Madison Bumgarner
Robbie Ray
Zac Gallen
Luke Weaver
Merrill Kelly
Alex Young

Relievers:

Archie Bradley
Andrew Chafin
Hector Rondón
Junior Guerra
Kevin Ginkel
Yoan López
Stefan Crichton


BREAKDOWN:

With a gaping chasm in the starting rotation after trading Zack Greinke last summer, the Diamondbacks went out and added Madison Bumgarner in free agency. Bumgarner, soon 31, is not the dominant lefty he was just a few years ago, but he’s still more than capable of turning in a dominant season. Last season, Bumgarner averaged nearly five strikeouts for every walk and put up his best strikeout rate since 2016. Nevertheless, he finished with a 3.90 ERA, the highest mark of his career. Moving from the spacious home park in San Francisco to the more hitter friendly confines in Arizona will not do him any favors. But if you put any stock in his defense-independent numbers, he is not to be overlooked.

Mike Leake opted out of the season due to COVID-19. His spot in the rotation will be taken by either Merrill Kelly or Alex Young. The rest of the rotation will feature Robbie Ray, Zac Gallen, and Luke Weaver. Over 12 starts in 2019, Weaver flashed potential, posting a 2.94 ERA and averaging close to five strikeouts per walk issued. If he can continue that kind of dominance, and if Robbie Ray can bounce back from last year’s disappointing — by his standards — 4.34 ERA, the D-Backs could be working with something here.

The D-Backs also added outfielders Starling Marte and Kole Calhoun. While Marte’s defense in center field leaves a bit to be desired, he is one of the most dynamic players on offense. Last season, he collected 31 doubles, 23 homers, and 25 steals while knocking in 82 runs and scoring 97 times. Calhoun, not to be forgotten, slugged 29 doubles and 33 homers for the Angels in 29. Marte’s addition allows Ketel Marte to move back to second base. Marte, mostly playing center field last year, broke out with a .981 OPS, earning his first All-Star nomination and finishing fourth in NL MVP voting. We haven’t even gotten to Carson Kelly, Christian Walker, David Peralta, Eduardo Escobar… this is an offense that could contend as one of the league’s best if everyone performs to expectations.

The Diamondbacks’ weakness will be their bullpen. This is not to say that it’s bad, but if things go wrong, it will likely be here. Archie Bradley will handle save situations and he’s only a few years separated from a dominant 2017 in which he posted a 1.73 over 73 innings. But in the closer’s role last year, Bradley accrued 18 saves with a 3.52 ERA. He’s not in the elite echelon yet. And, again, there is no one truly lights out and major league-proven behind Bradley, either. He’ll be flanked by Hector Rondón, Andrew Chafin, and Kevin Ginkel.

No surprise, the Dodgers are expected to run away with the NL West. The Diamondbacks, however, are legitimate Wild Card contenders.

DIAMONDBACKS SCHEDULE:

Every team will play 60 games. Teams will be playing 40 games against their own division rivals and 20 interleague games against the corresponding geographic division from the other league. Six of the 20 interleague games will be “rivalry” games.

  • July 24-27: @ Padres
  • July 28-29: @ Rangers
  • July 30-August 2: vs. Dodgers
  • August 4-6: vs. Astros
  • August 7-9: @ Padres
  • August 10-12: @ Rockies
  • August 14-16: vs. Padres
  • August 17-18: vs. Athletics
  • August 19-20: @ Athletics
  • August 21-23: @ Giants
  • August 24-27: vs. Rockies
  • August 28-30: vs. Giants
  • September 1-3: @ Dodgers
  • September 4-7: @ Giants
  • September 8-10: vs. Dodgers
  • September 11-13: vs. Mariners
  • September 15-17: @ Angels
  • September 18-20: @ Astros
  • September 22-23: vs. Rangers
  • September 25-27: vs. Rockies

The entire Diamondbacks schedule can be seen here.

Marlins clinch 1st playoff berth since 2003, beat Yanks 4-3

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NEW YORK — Forced from the field by COVID-19, the Miami Marlins returned with enough force to reach the playoffs for the first time since their 2003 championship.

An NL-worst 57-105 a year ago, they sealed the improbable berth on the field of the team that Miami CEO Derek Jeter and manager Don Mattingly once captained.

“I think this is a good lesson for everyone. It really goes back to the players believing,” Mattingly said Friday night after a 4-3, 10-inning win over the New York Yankees.

Miami will start the playoffs on the road Wednesday, its first postseason game since winning the 2003 World Series as the Florida Marlins, capped by a Game 6 victory in the Bronx over Jeter and his New York teammates at the previous version of Yankee Stadium.

“We play loose. We got nothing to lose. We’re playing with house money.,” said Brandon Kintzler, who got DJ LeMahieu to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded after Jesus Aguilar hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th. “We are a dangerous team. And we really don’t care if anyone says we’re overachievers.”

Miami (30-28), second behind Atlanta in the NL East, became the first team to make the playoffs in the year following a 100-loss season. The Marlins achieved the feat despite being beset by a virus outbreak early this season that prevented them from playing for more than a week.

After the final out, Marlins players ran onto the field, formed a line and exchanged non socially-distant hugs, then posed for photos across the mound.

“I can’t contain the tears, because it’s a lot of grind, a lot of passion,” shortstop Miguel Rojas said. “It wasn’t just the virus. Last year we lost 100 games. But we came out this year with the hope everything was going to be better. When we had the outbreak, the guys who got an opportunity to help the organization, thank you for everything you did.”

Miami was one of baseball’s great doubts at the start of the most shortened season since 1878, forced off the field when 18 players tested positive for COVID-19 following the opening series in Philadelphia.

“Yeah, we’ve been through a lot. Other teams have been through a lot, too,” Mattingly said “This just not a been a great situation. It’s just good to be able to put the game back on the map.”

New York (32-26) had already wrapped up a playoff spot but has lost four of five following a 10-game winning streak and is assured of starting the playoffs on the road. Toronto clinched a berth by beating the Yankees on Thursday.

“I don’t like any time somebody celebrates on our field or if we’re at somebody else’s place and they celebrate on their field,” Yankees star Aaron Judge said. “I’m seeing that too much.”

Mattingly captained the Yankees from 1991-95 and is in his fifth season managing the Marlins, Jeter captained the Yankees from 2003-14 as part of a career that included five World Series titles in 20 seasons and is part of the group headed by Bruce Sherman that bought the Marlins in October 2017.

Garrett Cooper, traded to the Marlins by the Yankees after the 2017 season, hit a three-run homer in the first inning off J.A. Happ.

After the Yankees tied it on Aaron Hicks‘ two-run double off Sandy Alcantara in the third and Judge’s RBI single off Yimi Garcia in the eighth following an error by the pitcher on a pickoff throw, the Marlins regained the lead with an unearned run in the 10th against Chad Green (3-3).

Jon Berti sacrificed pinch-runner Monte Harrison to third and, with the infield in, Starling Marte grounded to shortstop. Gleyber Torres ran at Harrison and threw to the plate, and catcher Kyle Higashioka‘s throw to third hit Harrison in the back, giving the Yankees a four-error night for the second time in three games.

With runners at second and third, Aguilar hit a sacrifice fly.

Brad Boxberger (1-0) walked his leadoff batter in the ninth but got Luke Voit to ground into a double play, and Kintzler held on for his 12th save in 14 chances.

Miami ended the second-longest postseason drought in the majors – the Seattle Mariners have been absent since 2001.

Miami returned Aug. 4 following an eight-day layoff with reinforcements from its alternate training site, the trade market and the waiver wire to replace the 18 players on the injured list and won its first five games.

“We’re just starting,” said Alcantara, who handed a 3-2 lead to his bullpen in the eighth. “We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing.”

TOSSED

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected for arguing from the dugout in the first inning. Plate umpire John Tumpane called out Judge on a full-count slider that appeared to drop well below the knees and Boone argued during the next pitch, to Hicks, then was ejected. Television microphones caught several of Boone’s profane shouts.

“Reacting to a terrible call and then following it up,” Boone said. “Obviously, we see Aaron get called a lot on some bad ones down.”

ODD

Pinch-runner Michael Tauchman stole second base in the eighth following a leadoff single by Gary Sanchez but was sent back to first because Tumpane interfered with the throw by catcher Chad Wallach. Clint Frazier struck out on the next pitch and snapped his bat over a leg.

SLOPPY

New York took the major league lead with 47 errors. Sanchez was called for catcher’s interference for the third time in five days and fourth time this month.

REMEMBERING

Mattingly thought of Jose Fernandez, the former Marlins All-Star pitcher who died four years earlier to the night at age 24 while piloting a boat that crashed. An investigation found he was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system. The night also marked the sixth anniversary of Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium.

UP NEXT

RHP Deivi Garcia (2-2, 4.88) starts Saturday for the Yankees and LHP Trevor Rogers (1-2, 6.84) for the Marlins. Garcia will be making the sixth start of his rookie season.