|Jean Segura - SS||Charlie Blackmon - CF|
|Brandon Drury - RF||Trevor Story - SS|
|Paul Goldschmidt - 1B||Nolan Arenado - 3B|
|Jake Lamb - 3B||Mark Reynolds - 1B|
|Yasmany Tomas - LF||Ryan Raburn - LF|
|Phil Gosselin - 2B||DJ LeMahieu - 2B|
|Chris Herrmann - C||Gerardo Parra - RF|
|Chris Owings - CF||Dustin Garneau - C|
|Robbie Ray - LHP||Chad Bettis - RHP|
With a win today, the Diamondbacks would sweep back-to-back series on the road for the first time since May 2011, when they did so in Colorado and Houston [in June that year, they won consecutive road series against Florida and Kansas City, but there was a home-stand in between those] I think that may be the only time we have ever gone into someone's house for at least three games, taken all of them, then flown somewhere else and immediately repeated the sweep in another road series. So, a victory this afternoon in Coors Field would complete a rare feat, and also pull Arizona back to .500. Yes, again....
It has been quite a turnaround. Five games ago, there was genuine talk that Chip Hale might come back to Phoenix and find a pink slip waiting for him. But, some solid performances - and, let's face it, the incredible awfulness which is Atlanta this season - have turned things around. The pitching staff has had a 2.49 ERA, while the offense has hit .296 and delivered tacos in four out of the five contests. As a result, we find ourselves with another chance to move into a tie for the NL West lead today: that would depend on us winning, and the Dodgers losing to the Mets in an intriguing pitching match-up tonight in LA, that sees Maeda face Syndergaard.
But let's take care of our own business first, and finish off the road-trip with another win. A day game after a night game, so no surprise to see Herrmann in there instead of Welington Castillo. The team says they are trying to be a bit more cautious with Beef in terms of time off, but I'm not really seeing it thus far. This is game 36, and Castillo has started 25, which is 69%. Of the 78 games from his first start here in 2015 to the end of August and roster expansion, Castillo started 53... or 68%. If they're going to get that down below two-thirds, that will probably mean Herrmann having to get consecutive starts, which hasn't happened so far.