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Game #23: Diamondbacks @ Cubs

Another day, another losing streak. 22 games in, and we've already had four losing streaks of three-plus games, totaling 16 defeats. Can Brandon McCarthy end this one?

Christian Petersen


Brandon McCarthy
RHP, 0-3, 7.11

Jason Hammel
RHP, 2-1, 3.05

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Tony Campana - CF
  2. Martin Prado - 2B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Eric Chavez - 3B
  5. Cody Ross - CF
  6. Gerardo Parra - RF
  7. Chris Owings - SS
  8. Tuffy Gosewisch - C
  9. Brandon McCarthy - P

The victory yesterday for the Rockies means that last night's game in Chicago became the first and only time this season we have faced a team without a winning record. Of course, in several cases - the Rockies, Dodgers and Mets - the teams in question are only above .500 because of what they did against us, and are at or below .500 against everyone else. If this continues, I wonder how it will skew the overall standings: one imagines the rest of the NL West will be happy to play the Diamondbacks 18 times a season, in much the same way the NL Central used to benefit from beating up the Astros, especially when it came to the wild-card races.

I get the feeling tonight might be a low-scoring encounter [I certainly hope so, otherwise I'm gonna finally bite the bullet and dump McCarthy from my fantasy team, where he has been anchoring my pitching staff - in the sense of dragging them to the bottom - for the past few starts]. It's going to be very chilly at Wrigley, and Greg Schulte Tweeted a picture of the wind blowing strongly in, which should help keep the ball in the park. At least we're not facing a left-hander tonight. I was expecting this offense to murder southpaws, but so far that just hasn't happened, with a team line there of .214/.281/.297, which is 14th in the NL by OPS, and 134 points below league average.

It's really sad to be feeling such a sense of apathy about the season while it's still April, but it's rapidly turning into a season which is impossible to enjoy, and can only be endured. Masochistic gallows humor seems the only possible approach at the current point, until the Diamondbacks prove otherwise.