The Arizona Diamondbacks enter May with 12-15 record and in third-place in the NL West. Let's repeat that: the D-backs are not in last place in their division. That honor goes to the 11-18 San Diego Padres. The Snakes take their proud third place record into a stretch of four series against division rivals. Colorado, San Diego, San Fransisco, and Los Angeles line up to feel the wrath of Ryan Robert.
The Rockies are first and by far the toughest test. Colorado leads the division with a 17-9 record and that's without getting much of anything from ace Ubaldo Jimenez who is just 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA on the season. One of the guys who's picked up the slack for Jimenez goes for the Rockies Tuesday to open the series.
Jorge De La Rosa (4-0, 2.61) goes against Joe Saunders (0-3, 5.93) in a battle of lefties. It doesn't bode well for the D-backs given Saunders poor record at home this year. He's allowed 15 run in 15 innings in the friendly confines of Chase Field and just three earned runs in 12 innings on the road with a 2.25 ERA.
The game starts at 6:40 p.m. local time with the broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona and the live game thread at AZ Snake Pit.
Prediction Time: The Rockies appear to be the better team again, and the Diamondbacks are sending out the "yuck" part of their pitching staff to face some very good arms for the Rockies. I'll say we steal a game, but lose the series two games to one.
The first month of the season is in the bag, so the main focus of the round table this week is to look back at what we saw there; did the team live up to expectations? We also discuss the All-Star balloting, expectations for the week ahead and why Arizona appears to struggle against bad teams. And so April ends, with the Diamondbacks having gone 11-15 for the month. Overall, what grade would you give them?
Into May we go! The Diamondbacks had the day off yesterday, but not the case in the minors, where a full slate of games took place. Our four farm teams split their contests, but were outscored 21-29 in total. being on the receiving end of a couple of blowouts. Snakelet of the Day: Cole Gillespie (AAA): 4-for-6, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R