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Preview #94: 7/12 vs. Rockies

Well, at least it can’t go much WORSE...

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Today's Lineups

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS COLORADO ROCKIES
Jon Jay - LF DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Nick Ahmed - SS Charlie Blackmon - CF
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Nolan Arenado - 3B
A.J. Pollock - CF Trevor Story - SS
Steven Souza - RF Ian Desmond - 1B
Ketel Marte - 2B Carlos Gonzalez - RF
John Ryan Murphy - C Chris Iannetta - C
Chris Owings - 3B Noel Cuevas - LF
Robbie Ray - LHP Kyle Freeland - LHP

I had a terrible nightmare. We lost our starting pitcher (possibly permanently) after one inning, ended up having to use all three catchers in the field simultaneously - two of them as pitchers, starting in the fourth inning, and one at second base - and suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in franchise history, losing 19-2 to a divisional rival. Good job it was just a dream, and nothing like that could ever actually happen, right? SO WHY ARE FOX ARIZONA RESCREENING THIS GAME AS I SPEAK?

We’ll be dealing with the aftermath for some time to come. From comments, post-game, it seems highly likely Shelby Miller’s elbow is a serious issue, and T.J. McFarland is another whose status is (at time of writing) uncertain. There hasn’t been an official announcement regarding either player, but Matt Koch and Silvino Bracho are both listed on the line-up card for the D-backs. It seems logical to presume they are the replacements. We don’t need a replacement for Miller’s spot until five days after the end of the All-STar break, so it seems they’ll be working out of the bullpen for now. Though since only Jorge De La Rosa and Yoshihisa Hirano of the current batch threw last night, we’re in decent shape.

Will there be any hangover? Here’s what happened the game after the last five occasions on which the D-backs conceded 13 or more runs (in brackets is the previous score)

  • Aug 2, 2017: 3-0 @ CHC (4-16)
  • Sep 3, 2016: 9-4 @ COL (7-14)
  • Aug 28, 2016: 11-2 vs. CIN (0-13)
  • Aug 15, 2016: 10-6 vs. NYM (2-16 @ BOS)
  • Aug 7, 2016: 9-3 vs. MIL (L 6-15)

That recent run of five consecutive victories certainly tends to suggest there’s no indication of any significant hangover from blowout losses. This kinda ties in with what we’ve seen when we’ve looked at the other side of the coin, the old “save some runs for tomorrow” saw about blowout wins. The good thing is, all losses count the same, and this one is no different in the standings from, say, the 16-inning defeat on Sunday. Virtually every team will lose 60 games a year, one way or another: safe to say, this was one of those contests for the 2018 Arizona Diamondbacks.