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Game #49: Diamondbacks @ Mets

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Can Chase Anderson get the W again this evening in New York. If he does, he'll become only the fifth pitcher to start his career for Arizona with three wins in three appearances.

Christian Petersen

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Chase Anderson
RHP, 2-0, 5.06
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Bartolo Colon
RHP, 3-5, 5.34

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Gerardo Parra - RF
  2. Chris Owings - SS
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero - C
  5. Aaron Hill - 2B
  6. Martin Prado - 3B
  7. Cody Ross - LF
  8. A.J. Pollock - CF
  9. Chase Anderson - P

Anderson tries to become the fifth member of an elite club today - pitchers who won their first three appearances as a Diamondback. The other four have a couple of names you might be able to guess - but a couple you almost certainly wouldn't. The founder member was Curt Schilling, who virtually did it all himself in 2000, throwing two complete games and eight innings in the other. Joining him the next year was the forgotten man of the 2001 rotation. Everyone remembers Schilling and RJ, Miguel Batista and perhaps even Brian Anderson. But Robert Ellis started 17 games that year, winning his first three despite a 5.40 ERA - mostly because we scored 25 runs.

It was almost a decade until the next man. Daniel Hudson came over from the White Sox and had a great start, winning his first three games, as part of a streak of 13 consecutive quality starts to begin his career in Arizona: he went 7-3 with a 1.94 ERA in that time. And the most recent man to win his first three games for us was in 2011, when it was done by... Armando Galarraga. Who said wins aren't a good measure of pitching performance? Well, given his ERA was six, we should have seen the subsequent implosion coming, I guess. Again, the 24 runs scored helped a bit. What's particularly funny here is, those were his ONLY three wins as a Diamondback...

Bit of a rainy day in New York, but the latest I heard was that the tarp has been taken off the field. We'll see how it goes, but I'm hoping there won't be much of a delay. Turambar, on the other hand, is probably hoping for one, so he can get out of work and begin the beercappage before first pitch!