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Preview #39: 9/4, Diamondbacks @ Giants

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The D-backs have lost 13 of 14. It’s not the first time they’ve been there.

San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Tim Locastro - LF Mike Yastrzemski - RF
Ketel Marte - CF Alex Dickerson - LF
Christian Walker - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Brandon Belt - 1B
Kole Calhoun - RF Wilmer Flores - DH
Nick Ahmed - SS Donovan Solano - 2B
Josh Rojas - DH Brandon Crawford - SS
Andy Young - 2B Joey Bart - C
Daulton Varsho - C Mauricio Dubon - CF
Taylor Clarke - RHP Tyler Anderson - LHP

There are, technically, thirteen streaks over which the Diamondbacks have gone 1-13 or worse over a fourteeen-game period. However, eight of these overlapped each other, and you will not be surprised to hear those all came during the hell which was the 2004 season for the D-backs. As mentioned yesterday, there was a point where the team managed to lose thirty out of thirty-four games played, on their way to a 111-loss season. Between July 21-28, at the end of a spell where they went 2-17, there was more than an entire week when the D-back were that bad, capped on July 25 as the team lost its fourteenth consecutive game. The run differential peaked at -57, far worse than the -34 over the current run.

It wasn’t even the only 1-13 spell of that campaign. Entirely separately, from June 15-29, they had a completely independent streak, with a -30 run differential. The first time the team had done so badly was back in its inaugural season, going 1-13 between April 26 and June 12 (as well as a day later), with a -47 run differential. The most recent such run, before the current one, was perhaps surprisingly recently: May 2018, to be precise. Arizona was held to a total of just 26 runs over a 14-game spell, while conceding 61, and picking up just a single victory from May 9-23. That ended the following day, so a defeat tonight would give the D-backs their first 1-14 run since 2004...

Pre-game audio from Torey Lovullo

Daulton Varsho: Worth a list isten for his full comments. A few snippets, indicating that Lovullo does not seem to have lost faith in the young player:

  • “Growing pains for a very talented hitter”
  • “It’s the game within a game that he is fighting through right now”
  • “We’ve got to remember these are young at bats that he’s getting right now”

However, it is worth noting this:

Varsho’s spectacular campaign was largely powered by his domination of right-handed pitchers. So far at the majors, that has mostly been reflected in Varsho striking out seven times in just 11 at-bats against left-handers, with one hit and no walks. Against RHP, he is 3-for-26 with three walks and eight K’s.

Madison Bumgarner: Initial velocity loss was not a result of his injury