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Game #153: Diamondbacks @ Rockies

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Neither starting pitcher tonight has a win to their credit in the National League this year. Odds this one will be decided by the bullpen, then...

Christian Petersen
Vidal Nuno
LHP, 2-11, 4.58
Yohan Flande
LHP, 0-5, 5.04
Ender Inciarte - LF Josh Rutledge - SS
Chris Owings - 2B Drew Stubbs - CF
A.J. Pollock - CF Justin Morneau - 1B
Aaron Hill - 3B Michael Cuddyer - RF
Cody Ross - RF Wilin Rosario - C
Miguel Montero - C Brandon Barnes - LF
Jordan Pacheco - 1B Charlie Culberson - 3B
Nick Ahmed - SS DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Vidal Nuno - LHP Yohan Flande - LHP

Well, if ever there was a time for Nuno to break his epic winless streak, it would be tonight. He's going against the only National League team with a worse record, and up against a pitcher who has been equally bereft of victories. Between them, the two men have completed twenty starts in the National League this year, without a single W. One other point to note. No National League pitcher has ever had a winless season with more than 12 starts. Nuno has tonight, and one more chance, to avoid becoming the first. If he doesn't win either game, he'll join Vida Blue in major-league history, who went 0-5 over 14 starts for the 1983 Royals.

A Tankapalooza update seems in order, given our opponent. Things looked dire with the three-game winning streak, but consecutive defeats to the Giants righted the ship. The situation at the top has tightened considerably with the Rangers' five-game winning streak. They are still #1, but only 1 1/2 ahead of the Rockies, who are one game in front of us; the Twins, our next opponents on this road trip, are three games behind the D-backs. If the Rockies win this four-game series, we will overtake them and move into second spot with six games to play, so there's a lot riding on this series.