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Preview, #160: 9/28 @ Padres

Any last milestones for the final series of the season?

Houston Astros v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Ketel Marte - 2B Freddy Galvis - SS
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Wil Myers - 3B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Franmil Reyes - RF
David Peralta - LF Hunter Renfroe - LF
Nick Ahmed - SS Eric Hosmer - 1B
A.J. Pollock - CF Francisco Mejia - C
Chris Owings - RF Jose Pirela - 2B
John Ryan Murphy - C Manuel Margot - CF
Patrick Corbin - LHP Eric Lauer - LHP

With David Peralta having reached the 30-homer mark against the Dodgers earlier in the week, one of the big milestones was reached. Any others we might see over these final three games?

Paul Goldschmidt: 100 runs. He’s on 95, so this one is a little bit of a stretch goal. but it’s possible. He did it in two games earlier this month, on Sep 6-7 against Atlanta, when he scored five of our eleven tuns. If he falls short, it’ll be the first sub-100 run season for Goldy since 2014, when he missed the last third of the season, for reasons still capable of triggering Pirate-hate on the SnakePit to this day. However, that didn’t stop his remarkably consistent doubles production. Here are Goldschmidt’s 2B totals from 2013-18: 36, 39, 38, 33, 34 and 35. He’s a two-bagger machine.

Ketel Marte: 14 triples. Why 14? That would tie the Diamodbacks franchise record, set back in 2000 by Tony Womack. Marte has a dozen so far, tying the number put up by Stephen Drew on two occasions (2009 and 2010) and David Dellucci in 1998. Ketel has pretty much locked up the major-league triples crown [rather than, I guess, the Triple Crown], since nobody else has even reached double figures this season. Two more this weekend, in the spacious confines of Petco Park, would also tie Charlie Blackmon last year, for the most in the National League since 2012. Curiously, if you look at those this decade with a dozen or more 3B. Marte is the only one whose stolen bases are also in single digits.

Zack Godley 18 wild pitches. Zack needs one wild pitch in tomorrow’s outing to take sole possession of the franchise record, which he currently shares with Brandon Webb (2004) and Trevor Cahill (2013). Cahill holds the tie-breaker, having done it in considerably fewer innings (146.2) than Godley (172.1) or Webb (208.0). Godley has also hit a dozen batters, the most since Ian Kennedy (14 in 2012). The record holder there is the Big Unit, who plunked 18 in 2001. Though unlike Godley and Webb (the latter led the majors in walks that year too), I suspect a good number of those were likely entirely deliberate, rather than being in any way symptomatic of Randy Johnson’s poor control! Bonus: get the win to give Zack 15 W’s.