Game #41: Diamondbacks vs. Nationals

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona returns to Chase Field, and will be hoping to do better here than they have to this point in the season.

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Jordan Zimmermann
RHP, 2-1, 2.92
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Josh Collmenter
RHP, 1-2, 3.44

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Gerardo Parra - RF
  2. Martin Prado - 3B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero - C
  5. Aaron Hill - 2B
  6. Chris Owings - SS
  7. A.J. Pollock - CF
  8. Ender Inciarte - LF
  9. Josh Collmenter - P

The Diamondbacks have been bad at home so far this. Very bad. "How bad, Jim?" you say. Why, I'm glad you asked that. No team since the 1932 New York Giants has had fewer home wins in the first 40 games than this year's Arizona Diamondbacks. Those Giants played in the days when road-trips could last more than three weeks, so they had four fewer games in their own park than we have. Game for game, over their first 18 contests at home, they actually went 6-12, a record that's three games better than Arizona have managed. So, yeah: this falls into the category of historically wretched.

We can't even claim to have been that unlucky. We've been outscored by well over two runs per game at Chase (64-105), which works out to slightly less than 4.9 wins by our Pythagorean record. It's really all about our pitching. At home, Arizona has a team ERA of 5.36. No other team in the National League even owns a four ERA - the Rockies are next, at 3.95, and that is pitching all the time in Coors Field. So, if the team are to carry their success on the recent road-trip over to this home-stand, it's going to start, and probably end, with better pitching. We can't concede an average of close to six runs per game and hope to win.

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