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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #44: St Louis World's Unfair

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No National League team has given the Diamondbacks more problems, especially on the road.

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Patrick Corbin
LHP, 1-3, 4.14
Carlos Martinez
RHP, 4-3, 3.14
Jean Segura - 2B Matt Carpenter - 1B
Michael Bourn - CF Aledmys Diaz - SS
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Matt Holliday - LF
Jake Lamb - 3B Stephen Piscotty - RF
Yasmany Tomas - LF Yadier Molina - C
Chris Herrmann - C Jedd Gyorko - 2B
Brandon Drury - RF Jeremy Hazelbaker - CF
Chris Owings - SS Ruben Tejada - 3B
Patrick Corbin - LHP Carlos Martinez - RHP

This week's series sees us playing the two teams who have, historically, given the Diamondbacks the hardest time in their franchise history. Even after taking the series against the Yankees, our overall regular-season record against them is still only 6-12. And the mark against the Cardinals isn't much better: all told, we are 49-81 against St. Louis, for a win percentage of .377 that is easily the worst by Arizona against any other National League side (the next worst is Montreal/Washington, at .431). We have particularly struggled in Missouri, losing more than twice as often as we have won, with a total record in St. Louis of 20-42.

To find the last series we won here, you have to go all the way back to 2003; since then we've made a dozen attempts, and have an 0-10-2 record. Hell, you have to go back to June 2013 to find the last time the Diamondbacks won a game against the Cardinals in St. Louis, and they've currently got a seven-game losing streak at Busch Stadium. However, they have mostly been close contests: the last five defeats there have all been by two runs or fewer. On the other hand, there wasn't much close about the series at Chase, with the four games being split, but decided by a total margin of 21 runs.

Certainly, we'll be looking for much better pitching: the shutout started by Rubby De La Rosa aside, Arizona conceded 26 runs over the first three games. It was only through scoring a season-high 12 runs in the opener (a figure tied in the Yankees' series) that we were able to pull out a win for Zack Greinke. Today's starter, Corbin, pitched well enough in his outing, taking a lead into the sixth, but melted down to the tune of five runs there, and the Cardinals cantered away for an easy 11-4 victory. Obviously, that won't cut it, and we'll be hoping Corbin can continue with the quality starts he has given Arizona in his last two outings.