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Preview, #135: 8/30 vs. Dodgers

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After an unexpectedly pleasant game last night, can the D-backs make it five wins in a row?

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Lineups

DODGERS DIAMONDBACKS
Joc Pederson - RF Jarrod Dyson - CF
Matt Beaty - 1B Josh Rojas - LF
Justin Turner - 3B Eduardo Escobar - 2B
Cody Bellinger - CF Christian Walker - 1B
Corey Seager - SS Jake Lamb - 3B
Chris Taylor - LF Adam Jones - RF
Enrique Hernandez - 2B Nick Ahmed - SS
Russell Martin - C Alex Avila - C
Tony Gonsolin - RHP Zac Gallen - RHP

The Diamondbacks have another chance to end the run of mediocrity tonight, finding themselves teetering on the brink of Mt. ThreeGamesOver.500. Yeah, it’s not really such a catchy name, is it? But just four games ago, they were gazing into the abyss of Chasm ThreeGamesUnder.500, before avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Phillies, taking both games against the Giants, and coming back from three down to crush the Dodgers last night. Of course, we have been here before. LOTS of times. Updating what we wrote before the Brewers game, with the losses in bold:

  • Jun 19, 38-36: L 3-6 vs. COL
  • Jun 23, 38-40: W 3-2 vs. SFG
  • Jul 5, 43-45: W 8-0 vs. COL
  • Jul 13, 47-45: L 2-4 @ STL
  • Jul 18, 49-47: L 1-5 vs. MIL
  • Jul 20, 50-48: L 3-8 vs. MIL
  • Aug 3, 54-56: W 18-7 vs. WSN
  • Aug 10, 59-57: L 0-4 @ LAD
  • Aug 14, 61-59: L 6-7 @ COL
  • Aug 18, 61-63: W 6-1 vs. SFG
  • Aug 25, 64-66: W 5-2 @ MIL

The Diamondbacks have had six chances to climb Mt. ThreeGamesOver.500 since the streak start after the defeat against the Rockies in June 18. They are 0-6 in those games, with the closest being the August 14th game against the Rockies. Arizona had a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the ninth, before Archie Bradley allowed a walk-off two-run homer to Nolan Arenado. The streak consequently rumbled on, and the Diamondbacks now possess the all-time record of 60 consecutive games within two of .500. This might be as good a chance as in a while to end it. This is the game in the series I would have said the D-backs have the best odds of winning, but a lot will depend on Zac Gallen being both effective and efficient.