Even though the Arizona Diamondbacks are no longer playing for a playoff berth, they can still end their season on a high note with a string of victories. A sweep over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday at Chase Field would certainly be a nice touch.
Arizona will send out Josh Collmenter (5-3, 3.80 ERA), who's been back-and-forth between the rotation and bullpen for most of the season. He was told on Monday night he would pitch Tuesday against the Giants in San Francisco, allowing just one run on two hits in five innings of work, leading to a 7-2 win. Collmenter has won each of his last four starts with a 3.52 ERA going back to July 6, though he had seven relief appearances over that span, as well.
Collmenter gave up one run and struck out six during Arizona's 6-1 win over the Cubs on June 22, his lone outing against Chicago in his career.
The Cubs will counter with youngster Chris Rusin (1-3, 7.30) who allowed six runs and seven hits in 3⅔ innings of work during Tuesday's 10-5 loss to Colorado. He hasn't lasted longer than five innings in six starts this year, giving up at least five runs in half of them. This is his first meeting with Arizona in his career.
The Diamondbacks have won the last six straight games against the Cubs at Chase Field.
First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. PT with coverage on Fox Sports Arizona and KTAR 620 AM.