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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #141: Tankapalooza update

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How are the D-backs looking in their quest for the #1 draft pick?

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Johnny Cueto
RHP, 14-5, 2.92
Archie Bradley
RHP, 6-8, 4.85
Denard Span - CF Jean Segura - 2B
Angel Pagan - LF Chris Owings - SS
Buster Posey - C Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Brandon Crawford - SS Jake Lamb - 3B
Hunter Pence - RF Yasmany Tomas - RF
Brandon Belt - 1B Brandon Drury - LF
Joe Panik - 2B Socrates Brito - CF
Eduardo Nunez - 3B Tuffy Gosewisch - C
Johnny Cueto - RHP Archie Bradley - RHP

The Diamondbacks currently sit tied for fourth place, though it's very close. There's only one-half game separating third and fifth place, though there has been movement at the top, as the Twins, thanks to losing an impressive 13 games in a row, have now overtaken the Braves. They lead Atlanta by two games: those 13 consecutive defeats has not been beaten in the major-leagues since the 2013 Astros dropped fifteen contests in a row, though it was matched by Cincinnati late last season. The Braves have actually been decent of late, with a winning record over their last ten, and an even split in the last 20, despite losing four straight.

Tm G W L W% Strk pythWL 1Run last10 last20 last30
1 MIN 141 52 89 .369 L 1 58-83 12-25 3-7 3-17 7-23
2 ATL 141 54 87 .383 L 4 55-86 15-22 6-4 10-10 13-17
3 SDP 141 58 83 .411 L 1 62-79 16-26 3-7 7-13 10-20
4 CIN 140 58 82 .414 W 1 58-82 20-25 3-7 7-13 13-17

ARI 140 58 82 .414 L 4 57-83 19-13 4-6 8-12 14-16
6 TBR 140 59 81 .421 L 2 67-73 12-21 4-6 9-11 14-16
7 OAK 140 60 80 .429 L 1 57-83 22-22 3-7 8-12 12-18
8 LAA 140 62 78 .443 L 3 68-72 14-17 6-4 12-8 13-17
9 PHI 141 63 78 .447 L 1 54-87 26-19 3-7 7-13 12-18

MIL 141 63 78 .447 L 1 64-77 19-27 7-3 11-9 14-16

Interesting to note how well the D-backs have been doing in one-run games, with a record of 19-13 that's the best among the Tankapalooza clubs. Indeed it's fourth best among all major-league clubs, and is also the highest winning percentage in the National League. Further proof that one-run victories are as much luck as anything else.

Elsewhere among team news, Chris Herrmann will have surgery to insert screws into his hand, another step toward him actually turning into the Herrmannator. And A.J. Pollock's strained groin was confirmed by an MRI. It'll be at least a week of rest before he gets started on any kind of rehab program, although the team is hopeful he might be able to return by the end of the season. No rush, A.J, even if the taste we got of your production - 0.5 bWAR in just a dozen games - demonstrates what a significant loss you were to this team. Take your time, and return at 100% for 2017, that's the most important thing.