|Jorge Soler - RF||Josh Rojas - SS|
|Freddie Freeman - 1B||Pavin Smith - RF|
|Ozzie Albies - 2B||David Peralta - LF|
|Austin Riley - 3B||Christian Walker - 1B|
|Adam Duvall - LF||Josh VanMeter - 2B|
|Travis d'Arnaud - C||Ildemaro Vargas - 3B|
|Dansby Swanson - SS||Carson Kelly - C|
|Guillermo Heredia - CF||Jake McCarthy - CF|
|Charlie Morton - RHP||M. Bumgarner - LHP|
It has not been the best of series for the D-backs. Three losses, and three blowout losses at that, with the Braves having outscored the Diamondbacks to this point by a margin of 26-7. That’s quite the reversal from when the two teams met in Atlanta, and Arizona conceded a total of five runs over the three games: two less than in the fifth INNING of Monday’s opening contest. Admittedly, two road games were of the shortened variety, but the difference is clear. Maybe Madison Bumgarner can restore a morsel of pride to the team, avoid the sweep and move them one game closer to avoiding a franchise record for losses. He did seem to handle this powerful Braves’ line-up reasonably well last time, as I recall...
This series has been the first time since 2017 against the Twins, that the Diamondbacks have suffered three blowout losses (defined by Baseball Reference as a defeat by five or more runs) in a row. The last time it happened at Chase Field was slightly over five years ago, at the beginning of August 2016. The Washington Nationals - back when they were good, remember? - came here and clubbed the Diamondbacks, sweeping the series by scores of 1-14, 4-10 and 3-8. That came on the heels of a 14-3 loss to the Dodgers in LA, and is the only time the D-backs have been blown out in four straight games. They can match that record today! I’m sure getting blown out in every contest of a four-game series is also pretty rare...