Come ON D-Backs…

Sunday’s match-up seemed, by all accounts, to be looking good for the Diamondbacks. It was a gorgeous day with fresh, clean air. We had our No. 1 starter out on the hill. The contradicting beginning pitcher, Sean O Sullivan, had not had a noteworthy group win as a starter since 2011. Captain Chip Hale put the “A” Team in the lineup, with the highest point of the request including Trumbo, Goldy, Pollock, and Tomas consecutive. Also, Tomas homered on Saturday, maybe showing his bat is at long last warmed up this season.

In any case, Sunday simply wasn’t our day. Collmenter looked not terrible, not awesome, for around 5 innings, before he disentangled a bit in the 6th. In the 2nd inning, he did surrender a fair hit to Hernandez, and an ensuing sac RBI to Rupp. At that point, Ruf had a performance shot in the fourth. Yet, in the 6th, Maikel Franco had a RBI triple, and after that Hernandez had a RBI twofold. That put the Phillies ahead 4-0. However, with a sluggish Diamondbacks offense, trailing 4 keeps running behind in the 6th was sufficient to close down any confidence of a rebound.
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2015 Prediction Time – National League

NL EAST

1. Nationals
The running favorite to finally get to October. But the Nats need a good bullpen, because their starters don’t complete games. They’ll lean heavily on Cy Young contender Drew Storen again, but they’ll need other relievers to close out games if they want to go all the way.
2. Mets
While their offense and mid-field defense is not their strength, nor their bullpen, The Mets have one of the strongest starting pitchers in baseball. There’s more expected of this team this year versus prior years, so we shall see how the younger up-and-comers respond to the pressure. 
 
3. Marlins
Strong starting pitching made this tough to predict at number three. When Jose Fernandez returns from TJ surgery, it’ll be even stronger. Don’t count this Florida squad out – some of the new players like Mike Morse, Marting Prado, and Dee Gordon could bring the Marlins up from also-ran status.

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