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. 

Game Info:

What: Diamondbacks@Nationals

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: