Diamondbacks Game Notes: Lefties Collide in Game 3
By Joseph Jacquez
Two of the best left-handed starters since the All Star Break face off in game 3 of 4 as the Diamondbacks take on the Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
When: 4:05 P.M. MST
Where: Nationals Park
TV/Radio: FSAZ/MLB.TV/ESPN Phoenix 620 A.M.
Pitching Matchup: RHP Rubby De La Rosa vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez
For a look at the matchup click here.
News and Notes:
- Paul Goldschmidt is going through the worst slump of his career. He is 0-15 in his last 4 games with 9 strikeouts. His OPS and SLG% are down, and he isn’t walking. Tony La Russa says he probably will need a mental break.
- De La Rosa is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last 3 starts, all team wins. That needs to continue tonight.
- The Dbacks facing a lefty tonight have 3 of the top 13 hitters in the N.L. against southpaws. Goldy hits .361 (1st), Nick Ahmed hits .324 (8th), and A.J. Pollock (.310).
- As a team, the Dbacks .257 average as a team against lefties is 5th in the N.L.
- Rubby is 10-0 when he goes 7+ innings. The key is getting through the early innings.
- De La Rosa’s 25.4 swing and miss percentage is 11th in the N.L.
- Gio Gonzalez is 4-0 with a 1.51 ERA in his last 6 starts and he is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA against the Dbacks in his career.
Here are the lineups for Chip Hale’s Diamondbacks and Matt Williams Nationals: