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.