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Game #145: Diamondbacks @ Giants

Josh Collmenter will try and stop the losing streak at four games, but considering the Diamondbacks have scored a total of six runs in that time, the final result might be out of his hands tonight in San Francisco.

Kent Horner
Josh Collmenter
RHP, 10-7, 3.81
Ryan Vogelsong
RHP, 8-10, 4.06
Ender Inciarte - LF Angel Pagan - CF
Aaron Hill - 2B Joe Panik - 2B
Miguel Montero - C Buster Posey - C
Mark Trumbo - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B
A.J. Pollock - CF Hunter Pence - RF
Jake Lamb - 3B Gregor Blanco - LF
Alfredo Marte - RF Travis Ishikawa - 1B
Didi Gregorius - SS Brandon Crawford - SS
Josh Collmenter - RHP Ryan Vogelsong - RHP

With four starts left, it looks likely that Josh Collmenter will end up having the most wins of any Diamondbacks pitcher in 2014. Not bad for a guy who started the year off in the bullpen. Of course, wins are far from the most accurate number by which a pitcher should be measured. That's clear from the fact that, currently leading the Arizona staff in bWAR this season is... Vidal Nuño, at 1.3 WAR, despite having yet to get his first W for Arizona. It also says a lot about this season: in every other year previously we have had at least two pitchers above that - even 2004, with Brandon Webb and Randy Johnson.

There is still a bit of time to pick up the slack down the stretch. and avoid being lumped in with teams like the 2003 Reds (best pitcher = Felix Heredia, 1.1 bWAR), the 1998 Marlins (Matt Mantei, 1.2), 1996 Giants (Rod Beck, 1.1) or 1994 Cardinals (John Habyan, 0.9). Those are the sole teams in the live-ball era to have gone through the season without a single pitcher being worth at least 1.4 bWAR. Currently, just behind Nuno, we have Collmenter at 1.1 and Chase Anderson at 0.9, though the leash on the last-named will be limited, I suspect. A good performance tonight might springboard Josh into the lead. Man, the Pitcher of the Year SnakePit award will be real exciting this season...