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Arizona Diamondbacks: Five Questions for Opening Day and Beyond

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Mar 8, 2017; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke against Mexico during a 2017 World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke against Mexico during a 2017 World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Can the team succeed with a top-heavy line-up?

Should A. J. Pollock stay healthy and give the Arizona Diamondbacks a clear force at the top of the lineup, the offense could be formidable. For the Diamondbacks to be productive, Pollock must be a strong table-setter.

That’s because the bottom of the lineup may not be as productive.

If Pollock sets the tone at the top, manager Torey Lovullo will likely follow with David Peralta in the two hole and followed by Paul Goldschmidt hitting third, Jake Lamb in the clean-up spot and Brandon Drury hitting fifth. That top of the order has the potential to be one of the most lethal in the game. There may be, however, issues deeper in the order.

If Pollock sets the tone at the top, manager Torey Lovullo will likely follow with David Peralta in the two hole and followed by Paul Goldschmidt hitting third

Lovullo told Venom Strikes that he plans to have Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed share the shortstop position.

For the time Owings is out of the lineup, the offense is compromised. In career averages, there is a drop of 33 points between Ahmed (a lifetime .221 hitter) and Owings (.254) in their career batting averages.

Add the career combination batting averages of catchers Jeff Mathis (.197) and Chris Iannetta (.229) factoring out to .213 and offensive production from the catching area is minuscule.

Then again, there’s the issue of Yasmany Tomas. Out for most of spring training with a strained oblique, he managed just one hit (1-for-21) coming into the final pre-season games Thursday and Friday at Chase Field. Though Tomas banged out 31 homers a year, he hit .272 and drove in 83 runs. If not for his $63 million dollar contract and the need to show value for this investment, Tomas may have vanished from the desert some time ago.

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