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Game #59 Preview: 6/10, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Los Angeles Dodgers

If there's a bad smell in the dugout, it's more likely to have been the way the D-backs have played the last couple of games, than the skunks inhabiting Dodger stadium.

Jeremy Hellickson
RHP, 4-3, 4.88
Brett Anderson
LHP, 2-4, 3.29
Ender Inciarte - LF Joc Pederson - CF
A.J. Pollock - CF Yasiel Puig - RF
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Yasmany Tomas - RF Howie Kendrick - 2B
Aaron Hill - 3B Yasmani Grandal - C
Chris Owings - 2B Andre Ethier - LF
Welington Castillo - C Alberto Callaspo - 3B
Nick Ahmed - SS Jimmy Rollins - SS
Jeremy Hellickson - RHP Brett Anderson - LHP

Games since a Diamondbacks' starter went seven innings: 19

And we were so close last night, too. Robbie Ray was one out from ending the streak, but Chip Hale decided a fresh Addison Reed was better than a tired Ray, and went to the bullpen. It took Reed four attempts to get the final out, costing the D-backs the game in the process. During the streak, the rotation has just three wins to its credit, all of them belonging to tonight's starter, Hellickson. Put another way, tonight will be the 20th game in a row since any Arizona starter bar Hellickson won a game. Oddly, the team hasn't done that badly, going 9-10 over that time. But it's further testimony to the rotation not going deep into games.

If you missed it on Twitter last night:

I guess I should review this, to prove I watched it. Despite having been targeted by MST3K, this 1963 film wasn't actually as bad as some. Indeed, there was enough potential to make you think a remake might be worthwhile. Three young woman are hired as servants in the manor owned by the elderly but rich Mrs. March, but discover she is interested less in their service than their bodies, having hired scientist Dr. Frank to transplant her brain into whichever one of the subjects she decides. He has been experimenting with animal brains, and the results of one such experiment now roam the grounds, making sure the three prospective body donors don't leave.

Despite some truly woeful accents - the English girl is from Ann Arbor, and I don't know where the Mexican one was from, but it certainly osn't Mexico - I'm a sucker for a good mad scientist film, and particularly with its dark ending, this could have made a decent Twilight Zone episode. At a brisk 64 minutes, it was clearly intended for the bottom half of a drive-in double-bill, and on that basis, can't be judged too harshly. The science of view is shaky - transplants don't involve any actual surgery, which you'd think would be a given - yet despite its dumbness, I can't say this was boring. Here it is (a.k.a. Monstrosity), should you prefer it  to tonight's game...