September 13th, 2013. Rockies at Diamondbacks. 7:40 P.M. mountain time.
The Arizona Diamondbacks currently have a 73-72 record. They officially cannot win the National League West. According to the Fangraphs playoff odds, they have a 0.1% chance of making the playoffs as a wild card team. According to Coolstandings.com, they have a <0.1% chance of making the playoffs.
The Diamondbacks almost literally cannot lose another game this season if they want to make a miraculous run to the playoffs.
Is that likely to happen? Of course not. But given the conflict of interest for me whenever Brandon McCarthy pitches against the Colorado Rockies, I wouldn’t mind if the dream lived on another night for the Dbacks. I’m not saying I’m cheering against the Rockies…just that I wouldn’t mind if tonight wasn’t the night that Arizona gets eliminated from contention (officially). Make sense? Didn’t think so. Let’s look at the lineups.
Chatwood will look to put together a couple positive starts between now and the end of the year to tie a bow on his stellar season. Here is the Diamondbacks lineup he will face Friday night:
As far as the Rockies are concerned, the biggest question might be who comes out of the bullpen, whether they have a lead or not. With the well-documented struggles of Matt Belisle, the team ought to be looking at guys like Mitchell Boggs to assess their readiness for a larger role next season. For all of our sake and especially for poor Belisle, let’s hope that is Weiss’s strategy this weekend.