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Will Zack Godley Be The D-backs Opening Day Starter?

With ace Zach Greinke unavailable for Opening Day next Thursday, most have speculated that next in line, 26-year-old, Robbie Ray would be the obvious choice to take the ball for the Arizona Diamondbacks in place of the 34-year-old, aging ace, Greinke. Not so fast.

Considering the fact that Robbie threw yesterday, his normal schedule (one more spring training start on Sunday) would line him up to start next Friday, the second game of the season for the D’backs. This was all but confirmed by manager Torey Lovullo after Ray’s start yesterday:

In that case Zack Godley – Who set career high’s in innings pitched, wins, whip, k/9, WAR and so on – would be on regular rest and the next most obvious choice to start Opening Day. With a week to go before the start of the Major League season, I project the starting rotation for the Arizona Diamondbacks to be Godley, Ray, Grienke, Patrick Corbin and Taijuan Walker.

It also is worth noting that the baseball schedule is different this year. Most west coast teams have an opening day, a day off, then they complete the first 3 game series of the season. MLB does this in case their opening day gets rained or possibly snowed out. Then, it is relatively easy for the team and MLB to simply push the opening day back a day. But, the Diamondbacks are the only west coast team that does not have to worry about that. It does not snow in Arizona unless you go to the higher elevations, very rarely rains in Phoenix, and even if one of them does happen Chase Field has a roof. But, that means the opening week schedule for the Diamondbacks is sort of weird, yet that may be a blessing for them at the same time.

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The baseball season for the Diamondbacks starts on Thursday March 29th. They play the Colorado Rockies Thursday, Friday and Saturday then have Sunday off (which just happens to be Easter Sunday). Monday starts the second series of the season, also at Chase Field when the Dodgers come to town on Monday and Tuesday nights and Wednesday afternoon. They then subsequently make their first road trip of the year to St. Louis and Bush Stadium for the Cardinal’s home opener. And for the same reasons as explained above they play on that Thursday, have Friday off then round out that series on Saturday and Sunday. To project the schedule even further, they play Saturday and Sunday both day games, play two night games and another day game in San Francisco, then another day off, after-which they start a weekend series in Los Angeles with another day off before opening a six game home stand. Why mention all of this as it relates to pitching? Technically, the Diamondbacks could use a four man rotation and not need Greinke until they return home on the 17th of April, 19 days into the season.

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