Game #62: Diamondbacks @ Rockies

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Diamondbacks go for the sweep at Coors Field this evening, against the free-falling Rockies. Considering no team had even won a series in Colorado before this one, it would be quite a notch.

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Bronson Arroyo
RHP, 4-4, 4.39
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Juan Nicasio
RHP, 5-3, 4.06

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Gerardo Parra - RF
  2. Chris Owings - SS
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero - C
  5. Martin Prado - 3B
  6. Aaron Hill - 2B
  7. David Peralta - LF
  8. Ender Inciarte - CF
  9. Bronson Arroyo - P

"The Giants, Rockies and Dodgers are starting to pull away from the other two teams in the NL West and look to be the three teams that will have a say in who takes home the division in 2014."
-- Jordan Fremyer, Purple Row, May 7

Some might say that the first week in May is, perhaps, slightly too early to be calling the division race, and that the baseball gods could punish the hubris of such a definitive pronouncement. Less than a month has passed since then, and while the Rockies do indeed look to be involved in a three-way battle, it's now for LAST place more than first. Since the above was written, Colorado have had the worst record in the majors at 6-16, two whole games below the 29th-placed Rays. They are already a full 10 games back of the Giants before this one starts, and if we win this afternoon to complete the sweep, they'll be only 3.5 ahead of the Diamondbacks.

Key word here is "if", since we haven't swept a series this season yet. We've had a chance to do so twice, both times on the road, against the Mets and Padres last month, but dropped the final game on each occasion. After last night's wonderful final two innings, in which we scored 11 times, there's certainly no shortage of momentum for the offense. But Arroyo keeping the ball in the park is likely as important as anything else. When Bronson gives up a long-ball this season, the Diamondbacks are 1-5 in his starts; when he doesn't, we're 4-1. Although, if the offense has a game like last night, then a home-run or two won't matter much!

Don't forget, the draft will also be going on tonight, and we'll be covering the first round here.

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