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Preview #126: Arizona Diamondbacks @ New York Mets

Can we - dare I whisper it - win two games in a row?

Chicago Cubs v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

David Peralta - LF Juan Lagares - CF
Chris Iannetta - C Asdrubal Cabrera - 3B
A.J. Pollock - CF Yoenis Cespedes - LF
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Wilmer Flores - 1B
J.D. Martinez - RF Travis d'Arnaud - C
Brandon Drury - 2B Matt Reynolds - RF
Ketel Marte - SS Amed Rosario - SS
Adam Rosales - 3B Gavin Cecchini - 2B
Patrick Corbin - LHP Tommy Milone - LHP

The Diamondbacks still haven’t won consecutive games since August 4, being 0-4 in contests after a victory since then. Which kinda shows how much they’ve sucked over that time, going 4-10. But today certainly appears to represent their best chance to end the streak. Milone hasn’t had a quality start this year - he hasn’t even reached six innings in any of his six starts for the Brewers or Mets. The Diamondbacks faced him back in May at Chase Field, and tagged him with the loss, scoring five runs off him in 5.2 innings, on six hits and three walks. Milone only made one start after that, and this is his first game back, having missed more than three months with a knee issue.

Meanwhile, Patrick Corbin has not conceded a run over his last 16.1 innings, going back to the fifth inning of his appearance against the Giants. Since then, he blanked the Cubs for 6.2 frames, then came within one out of a complete-game shutout, against the powerhouse offense of the Astros. Corbin has a 25:4 K:BB ratio in those three outings, covering 21.1 frames. This suggests the Mets should be a relatively light challenge, but we’ve seen Corbin go from dominant to suckage before. April 30: two-hits the Rockies over 6.1 shutout innings. May 6: allows eight runs in four innings against the same opposition.

A win today, coupled with a Rockies loss in Kansas City, would give the D-backs sole possession of the first wild-card spot again. And if the Brewers can’t solve the Giants, a night after being shut out, we could potentially also end the night with a 4.5 advantage over Milwaukee in the wild-card race. But let’s just keep taking care of our own business, first and foremost. Doing so in slightly less than the 10 innings it took yesterday, would likely be welcomed - not least by ish95, tonight’s recapper!