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Game #79 Preview: 7/2, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies

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Hello, Salt River siblings.

We trust these will not be needed this weekend
We trust these will not be needed this weekend
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Rusin
LHP, 3-2, 4.69
Jeremy Hellickson
RHP, 5-5, 5.38
Charlie Blackmon - CF Nick Ahmed - SS
Troy Tulowitzki - SS A.J. Pollock - CF
Carlos Gonzalez - RF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Nolan Arenado - 3B Yasmany Tomas - RF
Ben Paulsen - 1B Welington Castillo - C
Nick Hundley - C Aaron Hill - 3B
Daniel Descalso - 2B David Peralta - LF
Chris Rusin - LHP Chris Owings - 2B
Brandon Barnes - LF Jeremy Hellickson - RHP

The Dodgers finally leave, and the far less irritating Colorado Rockies come to town. Well, I'm not sure they are are necessarily intrinsically less irritating, but the main reasons for Colorado-based irritation will be left in Denver. Specifically: Dinger, and rain delays. We will not, I trust, be seeing either interfering with this series, and I feel a great deal happier as a result of this. Hopefully, the Rockies will also do us the favor of continuing to suck, and we can blow past them in a four-game sweep, to reach the mythical kingdom of .500landia, so much the better. But I'm thinking we win the first three and then lose on Sunday, of course.

S'funny to think there was actually a point at which the Rockies thought they had a chance of winning the division. And not even "before Opening Day" like the Diamondbacks. No, they we're actually in sole possession of first place in the NL West, nine games into the season, having gone 7-2. But in a clinical demonstration by the baseball gods that nine games mean precisely shit, they then wouldn't win another series for more than a month. By the time they did, they were 8.5 games back and in fifth place, a position they have occupied for all bar three days since. However, they are three back of us, so in the apocalyptic event of a Rockies' sweep, we would be back in the basement.

I'm certainly hoping nothing like that happens, and anything less than a series victory will seem disappointing. Losing at home to the Dodgers was not great, but I guess dropping the rubber game by a single run and outscoring them 17-16 over the series is some indication things could have gone worse against the division leaders. No such excuses for the next four days, however: victory or bust.