Lyle Overbay Starts At First Base

After eleven seasons and 1259 games played in the majors, Lyle Overbay is in the playoffs for the first time. Even more exciting (for him, at least) is that he's starting. And he's doing it for the team that drafted him, though it's weird to think of him as a former Diamondback. He was shipped off after his rookie year for Richie Sexson.

Wait a sec .... A lefty-hitting first-base prospect, with okay-not-great power but high averages and on-base percentages in the minors, traded away for a veteran, but returned to his original team when he was well past his prime.

This is Brandon Belt's future, isn't it? Oh, no ...

Overbay starts over Paul Goldschmidt, who ended his regular season in a mini-slump. Plus, Overbay is 2-for-3 off Yovani Gallardo in his career. That's a .667 average! While it's valid to wonder if Overbay is the better option, it sure is a nice luxury to have Goldschmidt available as a pinch-hitter.

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