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Series preview: Diamondbacks eye third place

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Jun 21, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Michael Bourn (1) celebrates the win with Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) at the end of the ninth inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Michael Bourn (1) celebrates the win with Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) at the end of the ninth inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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Probables

Thursday: Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.54) vs. Eddie Butler (2-4, 6.26)

Friday: Archie Bradley (3-3, 4.83) vs. Tyler Anderson (0-1, 2.25)

Saturday: Shelby Miller (2-6, 6.36) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (4-4, 7.17)

Sunday: Patrick Corbin (4-6, 4.63) vs. TBD

While Arizona has fared well the last time through the rotation, Colorado’s offense at its  home field will be a challenge. Greinke, Bradley, Miller, and Corbin all went at least six innings in their most previous outing, something to be proud of any pitching staff for. Shelby Miller’s impressive start against the Phillies is perhaps the most encouraging. All four starters will certainly look to build upon their previous success in this series.

As for Colorado, its pitching has been horrendous—especially at home. They are second-worst ERA in the NL, and it appears that they will be stuck down there for a while. Tyler Anderson, the starter opposite Archie Bradley on Friday, leaves Rockie fans a glimmer of hope for their pitching staff. A first-rounder in 2011 out of Oregon, Anderson made his major league debut earlier this month against the San Diego Padres. The southpaw went 6.1 innings while only giving up one run and earning a no-decision. He followed that up with 5.2 innings against the Miami Marlins, earning the loss after only giving up two runs. Nonetheless, his low 2.25 ERA and 0.92 WHIP is refreshing to hear out of a Colorado pitcher.

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