Game #66: Diamondbacks vs. Astros

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

This series is a battle between two teams who probably aren't as bad as they seem. Who will come out on top, in this War of the Overachieving Underachievers?

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Jarred Cosart
RHP, 4-5, 4.16
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Josh Collmenter
RHP, 4-2, 3.63

Diamondbacks Lineup

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

It'll be interesting to see how this series plays out. Both Houston and Arizona had miserable starts to the season. Indeed, you may think our performance was wretched out of the gate, but on May 7th, the Astros lost to fall to 10-24, making them a game and a half worse than the Diamondbacks to that point. But, like us, since then, they have played solid baseball. Indeed, the visitors have played .600 baseball over their last 30 games, though it says something about how bad their start was, that even after this surge in the last month, they still own the second-worst record in the American League.

They've been getting much the same lack of respect from their opponents too, who have been going into series looking at the overall standings and thinking Houston will be a pushover, only to get a much tougher fight then expected - and, often, a series loss. As Fabian noted in his preview, the Astros are rebuilding with a youth movement, and are already seeing the fruits of that in George Springer, whose 12 HR would probably make him among the front-runners for AL Rookie of the Year, except for, y'know, Jose Abreu and Xander Bogaerts. Maybe we should have gone the same direction? But could we have stood three season averaging 108 losses?

The Diamondbacks put their streak on the line, having taken the last nine games against the Astros, with the last time they lost being all the way back in August 2011. It has largely been the offense which has carried them, scoring eight runs or more in seven of the nine contests since then. Collmenter won two of those, allowing a pair of runs each tine, over six and seven innings of work. May the force be with Josh again tonight...


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