So far this trip to the Midwest has been a good one for Arizona. The Diamondbacks played
good okay in Milwaukee and were able to win two of three. Next stop: Chicago. South Side!!
On paper, this series looks pretty unwatchable, but there are some interesting story lines here. Tomorrow will mark the first time Arizona has seen Adam Eaton in a not-Diamondbacks jersey. Eaton is playing really well, which makes Arizona have a little egg on their face. Spanky has 14 RBI to go along with one homer and a .276 average. Not bad. We all knew Eaton wasn’t going to hit home runs–regardless of what city he was playing in. You’ve got to figure that Eaton is still bitter with the Diamondbacks. The way that trade went down was just bizarre and it seemed like Adam haphazardly ended up in Chicago. Maybe I’m wrong, and everyone is friends again. We will see.
Brandon McCarthy will go in game one of the series. Brandon has actually pitched pretty well this year, but his 1-5 record doesn’t indicate that. McCarthy has gotten zero run support during his starts. You have to figure there’s a lot of frustration coming from Brandon these days. He will go up against Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.50 ERA)
Chicago comes in winners of it’s last four games (still a game to be played tonight) and a record of 18-17. Pretty good if you’re on the White Sox scale. Arizona has shown signs of life recently, if you can believe. The Diamondbacks have won two straight, and are now 4-2 in the month of May. Sometimes, you just have to find the little victories in life, right?
Something that excites me most about this series is that I can put on the CSN Chicago broadcast and listen to Hawk Harrelson all weekend. Say what you will, but Hawk is great!
Arizona is 13-24 currently. They need to win two games in Chicago. Simple as that. If Arizona can just get less than 10 games under .500, I’ll be able to sleep better….
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