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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #145: Concerning blowouts

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Games until the blessed end of the season: 18.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Hoffman
RHP, 0-3, 5.60
Rubby De La Rosa
RHP, 4-5, 4.17
Charlie Blackmon - CF Jean Segura - 2B
DJ LeMahieu - 2B Chris Owings - SS
Nolan Arenado - 3B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Carlos Gonzalez - RF Jake Lamb - 3B
Mark Reynolds - 1B Yasmany Tomas - RF
Gerardo Parra - LF Brandon Drury - LF
Tom Murphy - C Socrates Brito - CF
Daniel Descalso - SS Tuffy Gosewisch - C
Jeff Hoffman - RHP Rubby De La Rosa - RHP

Double-plus tacos last night, for the second consecutive game. First time the D-backs have managed to score more than 10 runs two contests in a row - the last time was clubbing the Phillies 13-3 and 13-1 on August 10-11 last season. I wouldn't expect it again tonight, as the team has never managed to score greater than 10 in three consecutive games. If they do manage it, however, the woeful Rockies pitching staff would be the best chance we're likely to have. The team hasn't scored 34 runs in a three-game series since the very end of the 2002 season, when they drubbed - O HAI! - the woeful Rockies pitching staff 8-6, 17-8 and 11-8.

You won't be surprised to learn that the D-backs offense has delivered double-tacos against no other team more than the Rockies. Of the 234 times in franchise history, they have reached double-digits, a full 39 or one-sixth, have been against Colorado. Compare and contrast the numbers for the rest of the National League West, whom they face as often. 18 for Los Angeles, 20 for San Diego and just 17 for San Francisco. In other words, we've reached ten runs against the Rockies more often than any other two sides in the NL West, combined. And if you go higher, the spread sharpens. We've had as many 15+ run games vs. Colorado as everyone else in the West combined [never managed more than 12 vs. the Padres]

Of course, it's a double-edged sword, not least because of half those games taking place in Denver. The Diamondbacks have allowed 10+ runs on 224 occasions. The Rockies are good for the most, 31 of those, but the game is narrower: 17 for the Dodgers, 23 for the Padres and 20 for the Giants. Still, it's safe to say that the Diamondbacks have both scored and allowed more runs per game against the Rockies than any other franchise. So, you should probably be taking the over for tonight's contest too!