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Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 unanswered questions before the wild card game

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks speaks to the media before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks speaks to the media before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 29: Daniel Descalso #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws to first to finish a double play against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 29: Daniel Descalso #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws to first to finish a double play against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images) /

Who should start at second base?

As long as he is ready to go, Ketel Marte should start at SS because of his defense, speed and production when he hits from the left side of the plate.

That leaves second base, here are good arguments for starting Daniel Descalso or Brandon Drury in this game.

Drury’s production since being benched has made me think twice about who should start at second base. But, Descalso is left-handed and Lovullo needs as many left handed bats in the lineup against the right-handed Gray.

Right handed hitters are hitting .274 against Gray, compared to a .260 average for lefties. That is not a large disparity, but Gray’s wicked slider can be a problem for any right handed hitter.

Also consider that Gray struck out 20 batters in two starts at Chase Field this season, and right-handed hitters swinging at pitches out of the strike-zone accounted for many of those punch outs.

Descalso also has something that Drury does not: postseason experience and he has come through in the clutch more than once this season.

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