|Jon Jay - LF||David Dahl - CF|
|Eduardo Escobar - 3B||DJ LeMahieu - 2B|
|Paul Goldschmidt - 1B||Nolan Arenado - 3B|
|A.J. Pollock - CF||Carlos Gonzalez - RF|
|Steven Souza - RF||Trevor Story - SS|
|Nick Ahmed - SS||Gerardo Parra - LF|
|Ketel Marte - 2B||Ian Desmond - 1B|
|Jeff Mathis - C||Chris Iannetta - C|
|Clay Buchholz - RHP||Kyle Freeland - LHP|
It’s hard to think of positives after last night’s game, but there are a couple. As I noted on Twitter (though Keegan didn’t seem to like it much!), it was a masterful troll job on the Dodgers and their fans. Imagine their frothing indignation to be thinking you were going to be back within half a game of the division, when it’s suddenly snatched away? Hahaha! More importantly, the D-backs again failed to win two in a row, meaning I do not have to end my self-imposed exile and watch them today. That is a particular relief because I believe this afternoon’s contest in Coors Field is a Facebook-only event. Even if we were leading the division, enduring that would still be more of a chore than a pleasure.
The Diamondbacks send out Clay Buchholz, who has been staggeringly good. Indeed, by bWAR, he has been worth more to Arizona this season, than J.D. Martinez was last year. Mike Hazen does seem to have a knack for this kind of mid-campaign pick-up. Just unfortunate that it appears Buchholz may be in vain this time round. It'll be very interesting to see what kind of contract he gets as a free agent this winter. I'm sure the D-backs would love to have him back for 2019 on the same terms. But that won't happen. How hard we pursue may depend on whether we enter rebuild mode.
But, for now, let's worry about next year when we need to. If Arizona wins this afternoon, it'll just about keep our slim hopes alive for the next stop. Though, speaking purely from a pragmatic perspective, a win might help the Dodgers' chances more than the Diamondbacks. Maybe it would be kinder just to send this season off to a corn field in Iowa, rather than prolonging the agony. At least there will be no more Facebook games after today. So we got that going for us, which is nice...