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Game #55 Preview: 6/6, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Mets

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After splitting the first two games of the series, the D-backs turn to their best starter so far, Chase Anderson, to go up against crafty veteran Bartolo Colon.

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Bartolo Colon
RHP, 8-3, 4.72
Chase Anderson
RHP, 1-1, 3.26
Curtis Granderson - RF Ender Inciarte - RF
Ruben Tejada - SS A.J. Pollock - CF
Lucas Duda - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Michael Cuddyer - LF Yasmany Tomas - 3B
Juan Lagares - CF David Peralta - LF
Danny Muno - 2B Chris Owings - 2B
Eric Campbell - 3B Welington Castillo - C
Anthony Recker - C Cliff Pennington - SS
Bartolo Colon - RHP Chase Anderson - RHP

Chase Anderson is probably wondering "How the hell do I get run support like that?", as he looks across in to the visitors' dugout at Chase Field. And Anderson is right to be aggrieved. His overall ERA, which has led to Anderson winning just once in 10 starts, is basically identical to Bartolo Colon's ERA when he wins; 3.26, leading to eight wins in 11 outings. Colon has not actually benefit from particularly extreme help out of his offense, with an average rate of 3.83 runs; a full run more than Anderson's 2.72, but hardly extreme,. But it's as much been about timing. In his three defeats, the Mets were outscored by a margin of 23-3. If you're not going to score, do it when your pitching sucks too.

Today's big news is, of course, the return of Jake Lamb, though he has not made it into the starting line-up for tonight's game. Seems a bit odd, I would have thought the chance to get another left-handed bat in there against Colon would be something Chip Hale might have jumped at. Instead, we get to appreciate the... wonder that is Yasmany Tomas playing third-base, for perhaps the last regular time [though I think we will still see him there on occasion, perhaps with a tough lefty on the mound]. Not feeling good about the bottom third of the order though, especially after Castillo's golden sombrero. There have been less auspicious debuts for Arizona. Just not many.

I was looking at the 43 "true" golden sombreros in team history - by which I mean those who had four K's in four plate appearances. You won't be surprised to hear that Mark Reynolds had more than anyone else, with eight: Justin Upton had four, but next on the list was new freeman of the city, Randy Johnson. I think that's a combination of his ability to go deep into games with his batting...well, let's just say, mediocrity,. And an extremely-large strike zone, of course! Chris Young, Miguel Batista and, surprisingly, Paul Goldschmidt, are the other Diamondbacks with more than one true GS. Hopefully, we won't be adding to the list today!