PHOENIX, AZ: A fan dispalys a sign in support of Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks as the Diamondbacks celebrate their 8-1 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers during Game Three of the National League Division Series at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has unveiled his Game 5 lineup, and it looks exactly like his Game 1 lineup except this time rookie Paul Goldschmidt is playing first base instead of vet'ran Lyle Overbay.
Relatively speaking, this is not a particularly threatening lineup against Yovani Gallardo. There are seven right-handed hitters in there, and Gallardo's held right-handed batters to a .289 on-base percentage in his career. The two left-handed hitters in the lineup aren't exactly All-Stars, even if one of them is batting cleanup.
Still, this is basically the lineup the Diamondbacks used all season -- with the exception of Willie Bloomquist in for Stephen Drew -- and the D'backs did plenty well enough. I'm just saying that it's hard to spot a particular danger area for Gallardo, who pitched so well against this (almost) same lineup just six days ago.
Fortunately for the Diamondbacks, the past does not always predict the future.