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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #150: Race to the bottom

Games until the blessed end of the season: 13.

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Braden Shipley
RHP, 4-3, 5.56
Paul Clemens
RHP, 3-5, 4.94
Jean Segura - 2B Travis Jankowski - CF
Chris Owings - SS Jon Jay - RF
Brandon Drury - LF Wil Myers - 1B
Welington Castillo - C Ryan Schimpf - 3B
Yasmany Tomas - RF Alex Dickerson - LF
Mitch Haniger - CF Adam Rosales - SS
Kyle Jensen - 1B Derek Norris - C
Phil Gosselin - 3B Alexi Amarista - 2B
Braden Shipley - RHP Paul Clemens - RHP

Tonight's battle for the basement of the NL West gets national coverage, somewhat inexplicably being covered on Fox Sports 1. I'm sure that decision perhaps made sense at the time, when the Diamondbacks were considered potential challengers for the title. But now? Not so much. It's not exactly going to be a ratings winner, going up against Monday Night Football, and is not even the best game within the division this evening, with Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers taking on Madison Bumgarner and the Giants, at exactly the same time. If anyone outside Padres and D-backs fandom is watching this, it's probably because they've lost their remote control.

Jean Segura currently sits on 189 hits for the year, which is sixth-best in franchise history. Only one Diamondback since 2001 has had more in a year - A.J. Pollock, who finished last season on 192,.Right now, Segura trails only Pollock, Matt Williams (190 in 1999) and Luis Gonzalez, who had 206, 192 and 198 from 1999 through 2001 respectively. One other interesting thing about Segura's season is, he's on track to become one of only 11 qualifying hitters in team history to GIDP in less than 1% of their at-bats. The last to do it was Chris Young in 2011, who had 567 AB and three GIDP. You won't guess the all-time best at avoiding them. It was... Andy Fox in our inaugural year: 502 AB, two GIDP.

Braden Shipley returns to the rotation, replacing Rubby De La Rosa, for whom he was the designated backup buddy in Rubby's two starts. They didn't go so well, and thus Shipley gets to start a game in the first inning, on his own terms. The bullpen appearances weren't up to much either, to be honest: eight runs over 7.2 innings, on 14 hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. Nor did Shipley's previous outing in San Diego one to remember: That came on August 21, and saw him charged with seven earned runs over 5.1 innings, and taking the loss as Arizona were slapped around 9-1. We'll be hoping for better tonight, but this team never seems to do well in front of a national audience...