Preview: Game #66, Diamondbacks @ Dodgers

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Can anything live up to the morbid excitement of watching grown men push each other around which we all experienced last night?

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Patrick Corbin
LHP, 9-0, 1.98
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Hyun-Jin Ryu
LHP, 6-2, 2.72

Diamondbacks Line-up

  1. Jet Li, RF
  2. Jason Statham, 2B
  3. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1B
  4. Donnie Yen, C
  5. Milla Jovovich, CF
  6. Vin Diesel, 3B
  7. Angelina Jolie, SS
  8. Daniel Craig, LF
  9. Hugh Jackman, P

Yeah, if the Dodgers start anything tonight, I think we've got this. It's gonna be like The Expendables with baseball bats. Come at me, bro! I'd totally go see that. Ok, I suppose, I could give you the real line-up now, which will be untroubled by suspensions, since the enforcers at MLB are still sifting through the video footage from last night's donnybrook, picking out the villains Maybe they also want to hang on and see if anything additional transpires in this evening's contest, though I've got a feeling that, as action sequels go, this will end up being the biggest genre disappointment since The Matrix Reloaded. Here's that line-up:

  1. A.J. Pollock, CF
  2. Gerardo Parra, RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Cody Ross, LF
  5. Miguel Montero, C
  6. Martin Prado, 3B
  7. Didi Gregorius, SS
  8. Cliff Pennington,. 2B
  9. Patrick Corbin, P

Corbin seeks to become the first left-handed pitcher to go 10-0 at the start of a season since Ron Guidry in 1978. Which isn't bad company, considering Guidry won the Cy Young that year. Guidry didn't actually lose until July 7 that season, going 13-0 with a 1.75 ERA over that time: and he didn't exactly bale out of contests early, with six complete games and an average of just shy of eight innings per start (7.88, to be precise). So, Corbin has a bit longer to go yet to catch Guidry.

Corbin's streak of 13 consecutive starts won by the D-backs is tied for second-best in franchise history, behind a 17-game run from Brian Anderson, over the 1999-2000 seasons. It's tied for fifth-best in the National League since the Diamondbacks came into existence at the start of 1998: The record-holder there is the Braves' Kris Medlen, who saw Atlanta prevail in 23 consecutive outings through the end of last season, before the streak was broken in his first appearance of 2013.

Elsewhere in the NL West, the Padres have completed a three-game sweep over the suddenly cold Braves: Justin Upton had his first home since May 17th (a solo shot, natch), but San Diego still won 5-3. The Giants are under way in Pittsburgh, and are currently 4-2 down in the fourth inning. The Rockies - who, I'm beginning to think may actually be semi-legit - face the Nationals at Coors, and could end up the night tied with the D-backs for first place, if we don't pull our socks up and beat the Dodgers this evening. Naturally, that's the result for which I'm hoping.

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