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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #121: Battle for the Basement

Arizona face off with San Diego, in a fight for last place in the NL West.

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Archie Bradley
RHP, 4-8, 4.91
Paul Clemens
RHP, 2-2, 4.73
Jean Segura - 2B Travis Jankowski - CF
Michael Bourn - CF Wil Myers - 1B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Yangervis Solarte - 3B
Jake Lamb - 3B Alex Dickerson - LF
Yasmany Tomas - RF Ryan Schimpf - 2B
Welington Castillo - C Christian Bethancourt - RF
Mitch Haniger - LF Derek Norris - C
Chris Owings - SS Nick Noonan - SS
Archie Bradley - RHP Paul Clemens - RHP

The two sides come into this four-game series with identical records of 50-70, and it probably wouldn't be much of a surprised if they split the contests and leave with identical records of 52-72. Both teams have also won 12 games since the All-Star break - the D-backs have lost one fewer - so haven't exactly experienced a second-half surge [though I was startled to discover the worst team in the majors since the break has been...the Giants at 9-21, and it's not even close, being two and a half games back of the Padres and White Sox] However, Arizona's second-half run-differential of -38 is easily the worst. Those blowout losses didn't help there.

Some notes on Tomas's 11-base performance last night. It was the highest number of total bases by a Diamondbacks in more than two years, since Goldschmidt's 12 bases (4-for-5 with two HR and two doubles) on May 17, 2014. The sole other superior performance since 2007 was Kelly Johnson's on May 30, 2011 when he had two home-runs and finished a single away from the cycle. Coincidentally, exactly a year to the day before that 12-base game, Goldy matched Yasmany's 11 bases in May 2013, going 4-for-5 with two home-runs and a double. And finally, time for an update on the walkless streaks of our active and DL'd hitters - the seven walks issues last night definitely ended a few!

  • 0 games: Ahmed, Castillo, Drury, Goldschmidt, Haniger, Lamb. Tomas, Weeks
  • 3 games: Bourn (14 PA)
  • 4 games: Segura (15), Owings (16)
  • 6 games: Gosewisch (24)
  • 7 games: Herrmann (12)
  • 18 games: Peralta (59)
  • 27 games: Gosselin (51)