|Michael Bourn - LF||Jonathan Villar - SS|
|Phil Gosselin - 2B||Scooter Gennett - 2B|
|Jean Segura - SS||Ryan Braun - LF|
|Paul Goldschmidt - 1B||Jonathan Lucroy - C|
|Welington Castillo - C||Chris Carter - 1B|
|Yasmany Tomas - RF||Kirk Nieuwenhuis - RF|
|Chris Owings - CF||Hernan Perez - 3B|
|Brandon Drury - 3B||Keon Broxton - CF|
|Archie Bradley - RHP||Jimmy Nelson - RHP|
The D-backs still sit at #5 in the Tankapalooza standings, two games behind the Cincinnati Reds. That probably won't remain the case for long if Arizona's pitching doesn't shape up. Our July ERA is a collective 5.80. With just five games to go, that's the highest figure for a single month since May 2010, when we were 6.10. Here are the ten worst calendar months for Diamondbacks' pitchers.
Neither side of the pitching equation escapes criticism. Our relievers have a 5.56 ERA in July, while Arizona's rotation is at 5.96. However, in terms of decisions, the bullpen are 2-2, and the starters are 3-12, with just three victories in the past five weeks. That rotational ERA so far in July is the third worst for a month in franchise history, behind the first month of 2014 (6.29) and August 2005 (6.00). In nineteen attempts, our pitchers have three quality starts this month: two by Archie Bradley (July 10 and 16) and one by Robbie Ray (July 17). So, I guess Bradley tonight represents our best chance of success.
Overall, the 5-14 record for the team so far in July is the worst for a month in 12 years, since the apocalypse which was July 2004. That's not going to be threatened, even if the D-backs lose every game the rest of the way, they'd still be two games better than the 5-23 record posted by the team in 2004. The team need to win two of the remaining five games to surpass the third-worst mark, from the last month of 2014, when they went 7-19. Given the last three of the games here will be on the road in Los Angeles, I'd be a lot more confident in the team doing it, if they can get one of those victories under their belts this afternoon.