Game #157: Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Preview and Lineups

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Diamondbacks arrive at Chase Field this evening, with their elimination number down to 1. On the plus side, we are facing the Cubs...

Remember how bad the Rockies were? Well, they just swept the Cubs, and so coming in to tonight's game, Chicago has now lost nine of its last 10, and since July 30 is 16-39 - no team in the majors has lost more games over that time. They're 6-20 on the road over that time - and five of those wins came against the Astros and Pirates. They haven't won a road-game in 13 attempts outside their division since the All-Star break, being swept by Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington prior to the Colorado defeats, and are 0-16 playing in NL West parks this year. Here's to that continuing.

It'll be their second trip to Chase Field this season, having been beaten by the Diamondbacks handily in June, losing all three games by four runs or more. Of course, they paid us back to start the second-half of the season, holding Arizona to a total of three runs as they swept us at Wrigley. But with an overall 22-56 record when not at home, they should providing a welcome boost towards our "Finish Above .500" campaign. If we can sweep them, we'll inflict their 100th loss on them during Sunday's SnakePitFest, the first time they will have reached that mark since 1966. Yeah, even by the usually high standards of Cubs futility, this is a bad team.

  1. Adam Eaton CF
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  5. Cody Ransom 3B
  6. Wil Nieves C
  7. A.J. Pollock LF
  8. John McDonald SS
  9. Ian Kennedy P
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