Game #93: Diamondbacks vs. Marlins

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Well, at least if Addison Reed blows this within one strike of victory, we won't have to witness it, since this one is not being locally televised.

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Nathan Eovaldi
RHP, 5-4, 3.75
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Josh Collmenter
RHP, 7-5, 3.98

Diamondbacks Lineup

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

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result.

While wins aren't exactly a good yardstick for a bullpen pitcher, losses can be, especially for a closer. And Addison Reed has now picked up five losses on the season, tying him for the major-league lead among reliever. Indeed, the only reliever in Diamondbacks history with more than that by the All-Star break, was Chad Qualls in 2008, who had seven in the first half. One wonders exactly what Addison Reed has to do, in order for Gibson to realize there is an issue, and it should be addressed by switching to one of our other bullpen option. Because, was anyone really surprised by what happened last night?

Reed is the reason why the Diamondbacks are not on a three-game winning streak, and going for the sweep against the Marlins at Chase Field this afternoon. Tankapalooza 2014 thanks him for his contribution, and trusts it can rely on his further support moving forward. Josh Collmenter will no doubt enter the game knowing, based on the experience of Vidal Nuño last night, that seven shutout innings are not enough to guarantee you a W, and that just to be safe, he'd better throw a complete game if he wants to be certain of victory. Otherwise, I'll probably be looking up synonyms for "meltdown" in my recap later on.

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