Here we go again, talking about another losing streak for the Arizona Diamondbacks and who the pitcher is that can put an end to this latest slide. The wheel stops on Mike Bolsinger, who recorded his Major League victory last week at Wrigley Field. He threw 6 2/3 innings allowing an unearned run while walking two and striking out seven to win 5-2 in what was the D’backs next-to-last victory. What I like about Bolsinger is his walk to strikeout ratio. In 13 2/3 innings, he has walked only five while striking out 15. Tonight, he has a tall order in trying to contain the lethal lineup of the Colorado Rockies.
While it was shortstop Troy Tulowitzki who did the most damage in last night’s game, it is third baseman Nolan Arenado that is sizzling at the moment. He is riding an 18 game hitting streak and has made a number of spectacular plays including this one last night as he barehanded a ball to gun out the speedy A.J. Pollock at first base. Getting the ball tonight for the Rockies is right-hander Tyler Chatwood who is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA in three starts this season. He has faced the D’backs three times in his career and is 2-0 with a 3.65 ERA.
Hopefully, last evening’s contest woke up a struggling Martin Prado. Leading into the game, he was 4 for his last 22 an saw his batting average slip to .234. Prado proceeded to go 2 for 3 and scored three of the Snakes’ five runs. Of course, in a move that will make some question Gibby’s judgement, Prado is not in the starting lineup. Paul Goldschmidt continues to show that 2013 was no fluke as he leads the National League in hits with 37 and doubles with 11.
Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM MST with the D’backs’ lineup as follows: