|Jean Segura - 2B||J.T. Realmuto - C|
|Brandon Drury - 3B||Martin Prado - 3B|
|Paul Goldschmidt - 1B||Christian Yelich - LF|
|Welington Castillo - C||Giancarlo Stanton - RF|
|Yasmany Tomas - LF||Marcell Ozuna - CF|
|David Peralta - RF||Chris Johnson - 1B|
|Chris Owings - CF||Derek Dietrich - 2B|
|Nick Ahmed - SS||Adeiny Hechavarria - SS|
|Robbie Ray - LHP||Adam Conley - LHP|
The Diamondbacks seek to avoid being swept by the Marlins, and end their losing streak at five this evening in Miami. Five consecutive losses isn't necessarily fatal to a team's playoff chances. But teams that go longer tend not to be playing in October. Here's how the 10 post-season teams from last year stacked up, in terms of their longest losing streak, and how many separate runs of 5+ defeats they had:
- New York Mets: seven games, three streaks
- St. Louis Cardinals: four games, zero streaks
- Los Angeles Dodgers: five games, one streak
- Chicago Cubs: five games, one streak
- Pittsburgh Pirates: five games, one streak
- Toronto Blue Jays: five games, one streak
- Kansas City Royals: four games, zero streaks
- Texas Rangers: six games, two streaks
- New York Yankees: six games, three streaks
- Houston Astros: seven games, three streaks
Put another way, of the 47 times major-league teams lost six or more games in a row last year, barely 10% (five) were inflicted on the one-third of sides that made the playoffs. The Diamondbacks history reflects this: the four times we have avoided a six-game losing streak are 2013, 2007, 2001 and 1999, in all but one of which campaigns we reached the post-season. So if not decisive, avoiding them is another indicator of talent - as you'd expect. A "true" .500 team has a 72.5% chance of a 6-game losing streak, somewhere in a 162-game season. But for a "true" 90-win team, that drops to fractionally less than 50%, matching the five such streaks seen by then ten playoff sides last season.
Today, as they attempt to avoid that sixth loss, the D-backs will get spark-plug Jean Segura back in the lead-off spot, after missing a couple of days due to his hip injury. They'll also be hoping Robbie Ray can get back on track. Right now, the D-backs do not have a single starting pitcher with an ERA below 4.60, which is not a good thing, needless to say.
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