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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #143: Gloom and doom

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Games until the blessed end of the season: 20.

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Tyler Anderson
LHP, 5-5, 3.35
Shelby Miller
RHP, 2-11, 6.89
Charlie Blackmon - CF Jean Segura - SS
DJ LeMahieu - 2B Brandon Drury - 2B
Nolan Arenado - 3B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Carlos Gonzalez - RF Welington Castillo - C
Raimel Tapia - LF Yasmany Tomas - RF
Mark Reynolds - 1B Jake Lamb - 3B
Daniel Descalso - SS Kyle Jensen - LF
Tony Wolters - C Mitch Haniger - CF
Tyler Anderson - LHP Shelby Miller - RHP

Yeah, we're back in the basement of the National League West, as a result of the team being swept by the Dodgers and the Giants over the past week. We're now gazing into the abyss of seven consecutive defeats, which would be the Diamondbacks longest losing streak since September 2014. That's the only time we've lost more than six straight, since July 2010. And to end the streak tonight we have, a starting pitcher who last failed to get the loss on June 20, and is 0-5 with a 7.90 ERA over his five major-league outings after that. To say I'm not overly optimistic is putting it mildly, and I can only pity poor Clefo for having to recap this one.

Right now, it's the third streak of six losses in a row for the Diamondbacks in 2016, but it's radically different from the last one, at the end of June. There, we managed to go 0-6, despite hitting better than .300 over that time, hitting .307 with an .813 OPS. That led to Arizona scoring 28 runs; unfortunately, the pitching conceded 47 in the same time, In contrast, the first streak (April 29-May 5), we managed only a total of a dozen tallies, while allowing 35, That was part of a nine-game tacoless streak, the longest run of the Diamondbacks being held to four or fewer runs since they had an 11-game taco famine in August 2014.

This run sits somewhere in the middle: 17 runs scored, and 41 conceded, but the overall run differential is the worst, at a figure of -24. That figure is mostly the result of the pair of eight-run blowouts, one against each of San Francisco and Los Angeles. But it's certainly not the way we wanted to end the season. It would have been nice to end on a bit of an upswing, to give us something pleasant to take into the off-season. Instead, the D-backs are 2-8 over the past 10 games, tied with the Pirates for the worst record in the major-leagues in that time. We're only 3.5 games better than the Braves, so perhaps there's still hope for Tankapalooza...