The Arizona Diamondbacks did very little this weekend to stop the Colorado Rockies from steamrolling their way toward their third postseason berth in franchise history. The hometown zeroes won only one of the weekend's three games (Friday night's 7-5 thriller) and all but assured that the Rockies will go to the playoffs. With 12 games left in the regular season, the Rox have a 4.5-game lead over their closest pursuers, the San Francisco Giants. Basically, that means if the Rockies win only half of their remaining games, the Giants would have to go 11-2 just to tie them at season's end. Probably not happening.
For the D-Backs, they now sit three games behind the San Diego Padres in last place in the National League West, on pace to finish with a 70-92 regular season. Probably the best thing that can be said about the D-Backs' final two weeks of the season is that some of this week's games may be played with an open roof at Chase Field. Starting on Tuesday, temps in the Valley are expected to be in the 90s. Other than that, it should be a forgettable slate of games against the Giants and Padres at home, and then a season-ending road trip against the Giants and Chicago Cubs.
As noted, the Giants -- really, a surprisingly competitive team this year, given their lack of big-time hitters -- are clinging to their playoff hopes as they arrive in Phoenix tonight. Two of their three big-gun starting pitchers (Matt Cain and Barry Zito) will face the D-Backs this week. Fortunately for the Snakes, they will miss Cy Young favorite Tim Lincecum this time around. Here are the match-ups:
Tonight: Barry Zito (10-12, 3.94 ERA) vs. Doug Davis (7-13, 4.01), 6:40 p.m.
Tuesday: Matt Cain (13-6, 2.71) vs. Billy Buckner (2-6, 6.79), 6:40 p.m.
Wednesday: Jonathan Sanchez (6-12, 4.29, 161 strikeouts in 147 innings pitched) vs. Kevin Mulvey (0-1, 10.95), 6:40 p.m.
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