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Game #125: Diamondbacks @ Nationals

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Into our nation's capital go the D-backs. It's just a shame the Nationals weren't there a few years earlier, when Luis Gonzalez was playing, because I would SO have used the title, "Gonzo Goes to Washington".

Christian Petersen
Vidal Nuño
LHP, 2-8, 4.92
Ryan Zimmermann
RHP, 8-5, 2.92
Ender Inciarte - CF Denard Span - CF
Aaron Hill - 2B Anthony Rendon - 3B
David Peralta - RF Jayson Werth - RF
Mark Trumbo - LF Adam LaRoche - 1B
Miguel Montero - C Ian Desmond - SS
Jordan Pacheco - 1B Bryce Harper - LF
Jake Lamb - 3B Wilson Ramos - C
Didi Gregorius - SS Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B
Vidal Nuno - LHP Jordan Zimmermann - RHP

A quick update on the Tankapalooza standings seems in order, after the D-backs dropped three of four against the Marlins in Florida. Going into today, this is how things look:

Rk Tm W L W% Strk pythWL last10 last20 last30
1 TEX 48 76 .387 W 1 49-75 3-7 7-13 10-20
2 COL 49 75 .395 W 2 56-68 4-6 6-14 9-21
3 HOU 52 73 .416 W 1 53-72 5-5 10-10 12-18
4 ARI 53 71 .427 L 2 52-72 4-6 8-12 14-16
5 CHC 53 70 .431 W 1 56-67 4-6 11-9 13-17
6 PHI 54 70 .435 L 2 53-71 3-7 9-11 12-18
7 MIN 55 67 .451 L 1 57-65 4-6 9-11 13-17
8 BOS 56 67 .455 L 1 55-68 6-4 9-11 14-16
9 SDP 58 65 .471 L 1 60-63 6-4 12-8 17-13
10 NYM 59 66 .472 L 1 62-63 5-5 9-11 14-16

Arizona currently sits in fourth, half a game ahead of the Cubs, and a game and a half back of the Astros. This could be a good week for the D-backs, as their opponents currently have the best record in the National League and have also been hot of late, going an NL best 19-11 in the past 30. The Cubs already played and beat the Mets, so have moved into a tie with the Phillies (who play in Seattle later) for now, while the three teams above the Diamondbacks are all idle today.

Nuño will make his eighth attempt to pick up his first win as a Diamondback today. His last outing wasn't actually too bad, allowing two runs over 5.2 innings with no walks and six strikeouts, when he started the opener of the double-header in Cleveland. It has been notable that his last couple of appearances have seen a lower ground/fly ball ratio: 14-19, compared to 29-59 over his first five outings for Arizona. Not sure whether that's just coincidence, or if there has been some kind of change in his approach, which is generating more ground-balls. Something to keep an eye on during tonight's game.