When the Arizona Diamondbacks open their season in Australia against the Los Angeles Dodgers, they know they will be facing two tough starting pitchers in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. As for who will start opposite those two aces, the Diamondbacks are waiting to announce that information.
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com writes the following about what the Diamondbacks are thinking:
It would seem likely that left-hander Patrick Corbin would start one of the games, but the D-backs will weigh several factors, including which pitchers might be able to recover from the jet lag that could be involved in the trip.
In addition, the D-backs want new pitching coach Mike Harkey to get a firsthand look at his pitchers so that he can have input in the decision.
In addition to Corbin, who is the de facto ace after going 14-8 and throwing 208 innings in 2013, the Diamondbacks might see an opportunity to benefit right away from the veteran ‘know-how’ they have added to their roster with Bronson Arroyo. Harkey and Kirk Gibson might find that Arroyo is better-equipped than some of their younger starters to make those starts in Australia and then transition back into his routine upon the team’s return to the United States.