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Series Preview #49: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies

Tonight, on a very special ep--aw screw it.

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Norm Hall

You probably don't want to see that picture up there. I was pretty clear about not wanting to see anything like that happen at Chase Field, so I get where you're coming from with that.

It's prompted some anger, partially from people who should know better. From what it sounds like, people associated with the Diamondbacks aren't thrilled with it either.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Dbacks definitely not happy that the Dodgers jumped into their pool during celebration. Already bad blood between these clubs. Now this.</p>&mdash; Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) <a href="">September 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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I'd imagine SnakeBytes will have some more where that came from. And you know what? Good, this team should be angry. It's just that the Dodgers aren't the right target.

The Diamondbacks should be angry that they led the NL in blown saves and double plays hit into. They should be angry that they're on pace to finish with the lowest team Slugging Percentage in franchise history despite one of the best individual offensive seasons in Diamondback history. They should be angry they've gone 62-63 since the start of May.

It's sort of annoying that the Dodgers celebrated on the Diamondbacks' turf by doing a thing that the D-Backs wanted to make their own. But the easiest way to avoid it would have been for the Diamondbacks to win a few more games, so let's concentrate our anger on that.

We can argue about whether that anger should be directed at players, front office execs, or something in between. Probably something in between. But the point is that this is at least partially the Diamondbacks' fault. The Dodgers are on pace to win about 93 games, while the Diamondbacks are on their second season of augmenting a team that won 94 games in 2011.

The Dodgers obviously had the advantage of getting to spend money like a Madden-addicted 14-year-old with the salary cap turned off in Franchise Mode. But then again, the Diamondbacks had the advantage of being 9.5 games better than the Dodgers in late June, so I don't totally buy that excuse.

So yeah, if it takes a picture of Dodgers jumping in their pool to bring that frustration to the surface, then I hope it ends up at the top of every AZ Snake Pit article from now until February. I don't really hope that, but you get the idea.

Rest In Peace, 2013 Diamondbacks. You died the way you lived, splitting a series at home after blowing a late lead. I hope that the 2014 team that survives you clinches the NL West pennant in Dodger Stadium. And I hope that team celebrates by bringing beach balls and letting half the team leave in the seventh inning to beat traffic.

What do you mean, I have to preview the Rockies series? What do you think this is, a Series Prev--oh. Fine, I'll be quick, since you probably aren't overly captivated by this series.

While you were busy looking up at the Dodgers, the Rockies sank to the bottom of the quagmire that constitutes the bottom of the NL West. Which is where most people expected them to end up anyway, so everything has gone according to plan, other than that weird April thing.

Starting Lineups:

The Rockies were supposed to have the best offense in the division, and they did for a while, before everyone who was expected to contribute positively to that offense went on the 15-day DL and they can't field more than one of Troy Tulowitzki, Dexter Fowler, and Carlos Gonzalez at once. We get Tulo.

I'm reasonably sure that Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel switched jerseys sometime last offseason, and no one pressed either of them about it because of how Minnesota Nice they both were in interviews.

Also, Wilin Rosario is neck-and-neck with Starlin Castro as the MLB player I'd least like to execute a trust fall with. It's not that I don't think he'd try, I just think he'd drop me and let two runs score.

Pitching Matchups:

Jhoulys Chacin is good. Jorge De La Rosa is less good, but still pretty decent. To Be Announced's skillset remains to be announced.

In summation:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Celebrating is fun. I don&#39;t care how and where you do it. Only thing to care about is what we need to do to celebrate in our pool next year.</p>&mdash; Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) <a href="">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Rockies Blog: Purple Row

(All stats via...did you even read this? Stats are for winners. Like Dennys.)