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Game #77 Preview: 6/30, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Just like last month, the question of whether we'll be at or above .500 comes down to the last game. Hopefully, it'll go better than May.

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Carlos Frias
RHP, 5-5, 4.31
Rubby De La Rosa
RHP, 6-3, 4.69
Joc Pederson - CF A.J. Pollock - CF
Howie Kendrick - 2B David Peralta - LF
Justin Turner - 3B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B Yasmany Tomas - RF
Yasiel Puig - RF Jake Lamb - 3B
Andre Ethier - LF Welington Castillo - C
Yasmani Grandal - C Chris Owings - 2B
Jimmy Rollins - SS Nick Ahmed - SS
Carlos Frias - RHP Rubby De La Rosa - RHP

It has to be said, the 2015 Diamondbacks has actually been remarkably consistent over the first three months of the season. In April, the were 10-11; in May, then went 13-15; and as we go into the final game of June, we have 13 wins again, possessing a record of 13-13. A win tonight would give us our first winning record since July last year, when we were 13-12. We haven't been two games above .500 for a calendar month for more than two years, going 15-13 in both April and May of 2013. Of course, a calendar is the very definition of arbitrary start and end points, but I'd still rather have winning months than losing ones.

Fun fact for the day. Brad Ziegler's 1.36 ERA is currently the lowest in franchise history by any pitcher with 10 innings or more of work. Second-best was by a man who now sits alongside him in the bullpen, Daniel Hudson, who had an ERA of 1.69 over 79.2 innings in 2010. Third is... Yep, Ziegler again, with his 1.75 ERA from 2011. Suffice it to say, he has quietly been pretty good for the Diamondbacks, since coming over from the A's at the trade deadline in 2011. I wonder how Jordan Norberto and Brandon Allen are doing? Appears Allen is now a Met, and hasn't played in the majors since 2012; neither has Norberto, currently with the Rays' AAA affiliate.

In fact, there's a case to be made, Ziegler could be the best pitcher ever to wear a Diamondbacks uniform. Note, not most valuable, or greatest - Randy Johnson would want a quiet word with you about that. But simply on the basis of being better at not letting the opposition score than anyone else. Here's the top ten pitchers in Arizona history, by ERA, with a minimum of 50 innings pitched.

Rk Player ERA IP From To Age G W L SV H R ER BB SO FIP ERA+
1 Brad Ziegler 2.47 262.1 2011 2015 31-35 280 19 6 26 211 83 72 83 173 3.39 159
2 J.J. Putz 2.81 160.1 2011 2014 34-37 175 7 9 83 129 52 50 46 178 2.85 142
3 Randy Johnson 2.83 1630.1 1999 2008 35-44 233 118 62 0 1325 594 513 416 2077 2.73 164
4 Curt Schilling 3.14 781.2 2000 2003 33-36 108 58 28 0 693 280 273 117 875 2.81 148
5 Bryan Shaw 3.18 87.2 2011 2012 23-24 97 2 6 2 90 38 31 32 65 3.78 128
6 Dan Plesac 3.21 61.2 1999 2000 37-38 96 7 2 1 56 30 22 34 72 3.93 148
7 Brandon Webb 3.27 1319.2 2003 2009 24-30 199 87 62 0 1200 557 479 435 1065 3.50 142
8 Jose Valverde 3.29 260.0 2003 2007 25-29 253 9 14 98 194 105 95 111 331 3.40 141
9 Oliver Perez 3.30 79.0 2014 2015 32-33 101 4 5 0 70 37 29 34 100 3.45 116
10 Andrew Chafin 3.31 54.1 2014 2015 24-25 32 4 1 1 47 20 20 19 38 3.05 120

Damn. Even adjusting ERA for era, as it were, Johnson is likely the only one who's a match for the Ziegmaster. I know he won't be cheap next year, but that level of consistent performance from a reliever is hard to come by. There'd be a lot worse ways to spend $5.5 million that on that team option!