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Game #116: Diamondbacks vs. Rockies

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For the first time this season, we start a series with the opposition having a worse record than the Diamondbacks. Yeah, you though we were having a bad year. It's still probably better than Colorado's.

Sam Greenwood
Tyler Matzek
LHP, 2-6, 5.31
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Chase Anderson
RHP, 6-4, 3.19
Charlie Blackmon - CF Ender Inciarte - CF
Josh Rutledge - SS Cliff Pennington - SS
Justin Morneau - 1B David Peralta - RF
Nolan Arenado - 3B Mark Trumbo - 1B
Carlos Gonzalez - RF Miguel Montero - C
Corey Dickerson - LF Jordan Pacheco - 2B
Mike McKenry - C Jake Lamb - 3B
DJ LeMahieu - 2B Alfredo Marte - LF
Tyler Matzek - LHP Chase Anderson - RHP

There's something a bit odd about a team which didn't exist until 1998, having an Eighties Night. Heck, almost one-third of the current D-backs roster, after today's moves, weren't even born when the decade came to an end. Eight of them: Chafin, de la Rosa, Delgado, Marshall, Stites, Gregorius, Lamb and Inciarte, will presumably have had to have explained to them what the whole Zubaz pants thing is about. Actually, I did too: they were never big in the North of Scotland. I think my general perception of the decade is probably a bit different from Americans, albeit with some overlap of cultural icons.

Time for a Tankapalooza update, after the sweep at the hands of the Royals sent Arizona into sole possession of fourth place. However, as they are facing the Rockies this weekend, currently tied for the top pick in the 2015 draft, there's no room for slip-ups. At the start of today's games, we sit two games behind the Astros, and trail the Rockies and Rangers by 3.5 games, so a sweep here would pull us right up alongside Colorado. Having scored 13 runs over five games since losing Goldschmidt, I'm optimistic our offense is up for the task. Will our pitching be able to follow suit? Here's the standings, excluding the early CHC/TBR game today (won by Tampa).

Rk Tm W L W% Strk pythWL Luck last10 last20 last30
1 COL 45 69 .395 L 1 51-63 -6 2-8 5-15 9-21

TEX 45 69 .395 W 2 46-68 -1 4-6 7-13 8-22
3 HOU 47 68 .409 L 3 47-68 0 5-5 7-13 11-19
4 ARI 49 66 .426 L 3 48-67 1 4-6 9-11 14-16
5 CHC 49 64 .434 W 1 52-61 -3 7-3 9-11 12-18
6 BOS 50 64 .439 L 1 50-64 0 3-7 8-12 12-18
7 MIN 51 62 .451 L 2 53-60 -2 5-5 8-12 13-17
8 PHI 52 63 .452 W 3 50-65 2 6-4 10-10 15-15
9 SDP 52 61 .460 W 1 53-60 -1 6-4 11-9 16-14
10 NYM 54 61 .470 L 2 57-58 -3 4-6 9-11 17-13