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Game #143: Diamondbacks @ Dodgers

After losing the first two games of the series, and scoring only three runs in total, can the Diamondbacks end the season against the Dodgers, by avoiding a sweep in Los Angeles?

Denis Poroy
Trevor Cahill
RHP, 3-10, 5.06
Zack Greinke
LHP, 13-8, 2.72
Ender Inciarte - CF Dee Gordon - 2B
Chris Owings - 2B Hanley Ramirez - SS
Mark Trumbo - 1B Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Miguel Montero - C Matt Kemp - RF
Cody Ross - RF Andre Ethier - LF
Jake Lamb - 3B Justin Turner - 3B
Alfredo Marte - LF Yasiel Puig - CF
Didi Gregorius - SS Drew Butera - C
Trevor Cahill - RHP Zack Greinke - RHP

Tankapalooza has achieved one of its objectives, the departure of Kevin Towers from the position of GM, but the quest for a high draft pick in 2015 continues. We still sit in third place, are two in front of the Twins, but we are now only one game behind the Rockies, who have won their first two against the Padres. So, if those results repeat, we will be tied for second by the end of the day. In related news: man, the Rangers suck. They have now lost their last eight in a row, and are on pace to go 60-102. That would be a thirty-one game drop from last season, which has got to be among the worst ever (we plummeted 33 in 2004, the 1998 fire-sale Marlins lost 38 more).

As for Arizona, can Cahill turn things back around? After signs of hope over his first five starts, with a 3.72 ERA and five walks in 29 innings, he issues more free passes last time alone, as he lasted only four frames and walked six. During his previous four outings, he has now walked 16 in just over 20 innings of work, so we're basically right back to the "hurl and hope" version of Cahill, who doesn't seem to have a clue where the pitches will end up. It's what got him send to the minors in the first place, and considering he is under contract to earn $12 million next season, will likely be among the thornys problem for the new GM, whoever he is.