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Game #97 Preview: 7/26, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Can Jeremy Hellickson keep the good streak of starting pitching going?

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Garza
RHP, 5-10, 5.232
Jeremy Hellickson
RHP, 6-6, 4.87
Gerardo Parra - CF Ender Inciarte - LF
Jonathan Lucroy - 1B Aaron Hill - 2B
Ryan Braun - RF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Khris Davis - LF A.J. Pollock - CF
Scooter Gennett - 2B Jake Lamb - 3B
Jean Segura - SS Yasmany Tomas - RF
Hernan Perez - 3B Nick Ahmed - SS
Martin Maldonado - C Oscar Hernandez - C
Matt Garza - RHP Jeremy Hellickson - RHP

Been a good streak of starting pitching in this series for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Indeed, good is probably putting it mildly...

Rk Player Date Rslt App
IP H R ER BB SO HR UER Pit Str GSc
1 Rubby De La Rosa 7-25 W 2-0 GS-8, W 8.0 4 0 0 2 6 0 0 113 72 78
2 Patrick Corbin 7-24 L 1-2 GS-7, L 7.0 4 1 1 1 10 1 0 89 65 74
3 Zack Godley 7-23 W 8-3 GS-6, W 6.0 4 0 0 0 7 0 0 88 66 71

So, that's a total of 21 innings, with one run allowed - and given that was a home-run to Ryan Braun - it probably deserves an asterisk next to us. Equally impressive as that 0.43 ERA by our rotation in this series, is the K:BB rati of 23:3. It's the first time in more than two years we have had three consecutive starts, each with a Game Score above 70: the last time was July 5-7 in 2013, when Tyler Skaggs, Wade Miley and Corbin posted figures of 80, 72 and 81, in holding the Colorado Rockies to two earned runs over 24 innings of work. We did come close earlier this year, when Chase Anderson, Robbie Ray and De La Rosa had 70+ scores in a four-game span.

Up to Hellickson if we can make it a four-peat: you'll have to go even further back in team history to find the last time that happened! Jeremy has actually been our best regular starting pitcher in July, with an ERA of 2.50 over his three starts. One of those was kinda abbreviated, lasting only four innings, but the others were solid seven frame outings. Again, a very solid K:BB ratio, of 16:2 over his 18 innings of work has been a big help: hard for runners to score when they're not getting free passes or putting the ball in play. If he can continue to do that, we've got a good chance to win: a 4-6 record on the home-stand wouldn't be good, but it'd be better than it looked after it started off 1-5!