Preview: Game #47, Diamondbacks @ Rockies

Justin Edmonds

There are times when I just take an evening off from the Diamondbacks. I think I picked a good one last night. Here's to better this afternoon.

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Trevor Cahill
RHP, 3-4, 2.48

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Jorge de la Rosa
LHP, 5-3, 3.58

Diamondbacks Line-up

  1. A.J. Pollock, CF
  2. Didi Gregorius, SS
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Cody Ross, LF
  5. Gerardo Parra, RF
  6. Martin Prado, 3B
  7. Josh Wilson, 2B
  8. Wil Nieves, C
  9. Trevor Cahill, P

Admittedly, I did spend some of last night watching Meek's Cutoff, which has got to be one of the most over-rated films of the past few years. However, even watching 19th-century pioneers stagger around the wilderness for two hours (and it seemed a lot longer - more like the first depiction of the Oregon Trail to be filmed in real time) was likely more satisfying than watching Arizona claw their way back from a four-run deficit, only to be lose. In the end, looks like a combination of another meh Kennedy start, bad umpiring, lack of hitting (five hits - teams doing that in Denver are now 4-71) and Matt Reynolds retiring one of four batters faced.

Yep, glad to have missed that one, though the game and Meek's Cutoff did exhibit some similarities. Both depicted the struggles of travelers, in a hostile land populated by unfriendly natives. And both were poorly executed, only sporadically interesting and possessed thoroughly unsatisfactory endings. I think it's safe to say we won't be revisiting either of them any time soon. Still, we go into the series finale at Coors with a chance to win the road series, which is pretty much all I was wanting for this one.

And with Cahill on the mound, I feel relatively optimistic that we'll have a chance. Patrick Corbin has been putting up stellar numbers, but after a shaky first couple of outings, Cahill has been just about matching him, to much less attention - probably because, due to the wobbly beginning, his ERA still begins with a two. But over his last seven starts, Cahill has a 1.71 ERA. He's only won three, which likely also feeds into the lack of publicity, but that's because in the other four contests, Arizona scored a total of six runs.

A typical example would be in the previous series at Coors Field, which gave Cahill one of the defeats. Not that Trevor pitched badly, throwing seven innings and allowing three earned runs. But the offense didn't bother to show up, managing two hits and no runs during the time he was on the mound. The bad news is, the starter for the Rockies that day was the same one they send out this afternoon, so we'll have to do a better job of solving De La Rosa than we did there. This will actually be the third time this pair have met each other in 2013, as they also faced off at Chase on April 25. Cahill got the win there, though required 105 pitches to get through five innings.

This game is not being televised in the Arizona area. In fact, it doesn't appear (according to Yahoo!) to be being televised in the Colorado area either. So, if we lose, can we just pretend it never happened?

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