Game #49: Diamondbacks @ Cardinals

Dilip Vishwanat

Well, the Diamondbacks certainly won't be winning this series. Indeed, we need to win to avoid being on the wrong end of a sweep, for the first time since losing three to the Mets at Chase Field, April 14-16.

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Wade Miley
LHP, 3-4, 4.94
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Lance Lynn
RHP, 5-2, 3.67

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Gerardo Parra, RF
  2. Martin Prado - 3B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Aaron Hill - 2B
  5. A.J. Pollock - CF
  6. Cliff Pennington - SS
  7. Tuffy Gosewisch - C
  8. Ender Inciarte - LF
  9. Brandon McCarthy - P

At first, I saw the line-up and got all excited because Pollock had been moved into the fifth spot. Then, I saw who was hitting sixth, seventh and eighth, a trio batting a collective .191 with one home-run (Gosewisch's) in 120 PAs combined. Considering how much trouble we've had scoring runs this series - we're one Parra swing from being blanked in consecutive games - I'm not exactly inspired to hope for much. Mind you, the last time we had Pennington and Gosewisch in the same line-up was Saturday night, and that ended up working out okay from an offensive standpoint...

A couple of runners gunned down at home-plate last night, and it proved costly. The Diamondbacks have now run into 17 outs on the basepaths this season, which is behind only the Rockies (23), Dodgers and Reds (19 each) this season in the National League. However, they have been fairly aggressive in general, taking the extra base 43% of the time, a rate which is third-highest. I'd like to see their SB% increase: at 71%, it's 12th in the league, but things like Miguel Montero getting thrown out don't help. Shame it was reversed on appeal, as Miggy has never stolen a base solo. Both his previous SB, in 2011 and 2009, were on the back end of double-steals, behind CY.

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