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Game #22: Diamondbacks @ Cubs

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The two worst teams so far in the National League face off for a four-game set at Wrigley, featuring the 100th anniversary of the park. Yep, they haven't won a World Series since before then...

Jonathan Daniel

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Bronson Arroyo
RHP, 1-1, 9.95
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Travis Wood
LHP, 0-2, 3.00

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Chris Owings - SS
  2. Aaron Hill - 2B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Martin Prado - 3B
  5. Cody Ross - RF
  6. Mark Trumbo - LF
  7. Miguel Montero - C
  8. Tony Campana - CF
  9. Bronson Arroyo - P

A.J. Pollock is still out of action, showing u[ in the clubhouse today with a huge ice-pack on him. Jody Jackson Tweeted that he's "working through it" and will be going to see the Cubs chiropractor today - it happened when he was swinging yesterday. His absence requires a shake-up at the top of the batting order, especially since a left-handed opposing pitcher makes the regular alternative, Gerardo Parra, a great deal less effective [to the extent that Campana is preferred in center] The team has gone a surprising route, picking Owings for the role - something he hasn't done since Class-A South Bend, Chris thinks. Hey, why not?

After a brisk start to the Dodgers series, the Diamondbacks slid back into their same old ways for the second and third games and, once again, will have to pick themselves up. They'll be glad to be facing anyone but LA, having gone 1-7 there - and you might want to remind cocky LA fans that's the only reason they are above .500, having gone 5-6 against everyone apart from Arizona. Not that we've exactly covered ourselves in glory elsewhere, with a 4-9 record versus non-Dodger opponents, but it's all relative. This series decides the worst record in the NL: if we win it, the Cubs will take over. Really, if we can't, it'll be increasingly hard to argue it isn't time for a radical shake-up.