Diamondbacks at Cardinals Pregame — Drey Jameson vs. Jordan Montgomery

Diamondbacks players warm up prior to their game against the Cardinals
(Photo by Evan Thompson/Sport Relay)

Diamondbacks at Cardinals Pregame — April 18, 2023

ST. LOUIS, Apr. 18 — It’s Game Two of a three-game set between the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals, which is also the fifth game of a six-game road trip for the Diamondbacks. Prior to the game, manager Torey Lovullo met with the media on hand.

Torey Lovullo, Diamondbacks Manager

Lovullo never gives a specific pitch count number prior to a game, for strategic purposes, but he did say that you can add 12–20 pitches over a pitcher’s prior outing as he gets stretched out for starts. In the last start, Jameson threw 54.

Jameson’s fastball gets a lot of attention, but his slider has also been “very consistent,” according to Lovullo. “He’s able to use it to get back into counts. To me, the 1–1, 2–1 pitch, when you see a pitcher not utilizing the fastball to get back into counts, you know that he’s doing a lot right. (Drey has) a lot of confidence in that pitch. At times, you’ll see some of our guys use it 3–1. Definitely 3–2, but Drey is not just a chucker. He’s up there pitching and landing pitches.”

Joe Mantiply is back on the active roster and is available tonight. To make room, Luis Frias has been sent down. Lovullo said Mantiply will be used as another option in the back end, and Lovullo will continue to use the “matchup” strategy that he feels has been working so far.

Corbin Carroll has a scheduled off-day today. The lineup posted earlier that listed him was posted in error. Nothing is wrong with Carroll.

Cardinals news, not from Lovullo: Infielder Brendan Donovan has been scratched from the lineup due to a left shin abrasion.

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ST. LOUIS (Apr. 18) — Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks start their warmups prior to their game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Photo by Evan Thompson/Sport Relay)

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