|Charlie Blackmon - RF||Jarrod Dyson - LF|
|Trevor Story - SS||Ketel Marte - CF|
|Nolan Arenado - 3B||Eduardo Escobar - 2B|
|David Dahl - LF||Christian Walker - 1B|
|Ian Desmond - CF||Adam Jones - RF|
|Daniel Murphy - 1B||Jake Lamb - 3B|
|Ryan McMahon - 2B||Nick Ahmed - SS|
|Tony Wolters - C||Alex Avila - C|
|German Marquez - RHP||Alex Young - LHP|
A win today would push the D-backs back over .500, and also send them into the All-Star break in sole possession of second place in the NL West. They’d be no further than two games out of a wild-card spot, and it could be as little as a game back, if results elsewhere go in their favor. It would complete a sweep over the Rockies, which is also a statement of some importance, considering how much they had dominated the D-backs over the early part of the season. A win would put as at 5-8 against the Rockies with six left to play in August. Still a long shot at taking the season series - we’d need to go 5-1 for that - but it would be a damn sight better than the 2-8 record we had, coming in.
At least it’s not a Taylor Clarke start: my last two recaps ave been and... they didn’t end well, shall we say. Though in Clarke’s defense, the last was more due to Greg Holland’s failure than his own. That blown save cost today’s starter, Alex Young, a win in relief: he’d have been the first D-back to open his MLB career with two appearances getting a W, one as a starter, the other out of the bullpen. But he still has a shot at opening with back-to-back starting wins, There have been only four such in D-backs history, the most recent being Zack Godley, who won his first three games in July and August 2015. The franchise record is Chase Anderson’s five in 2014. The other two: Gerardo Guzman and Josh Collmenter.
Collmenter’s were particularly impressive. They came in May 2011, after seven appearances out of the pen. He pitched six shutout innings of walkless, two-hit ball each outing. And Josh needed to be that good, as he got perilously little run support: Arizona won the games 1-0 in Los Angeles, and 2-1 at Chase over the Dodgers. Young wasn’t quite as good, but still extremely solid: one run over five innings in San Francisco, on three hits and a walk, with five K’s. Counterpoint: it was the Giants. However, it’s worth noting thatSan Francisco at home have posted a .653 OPS; the Rockies on the road are only at .655, which is 254 points below their home figure. The Coors effect is real, folks. May it continue for another day.