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Arizona Diamondbacks Host Lowly Houston Astros, It's Winning Time

The Arizona Diamonbacks can rack up some easy wins with a four-game series against the worst team in baseball. The only thing they have to fear is not fearing the Astros enough.

Arizona Diamondbacks (and us) would have like to have done better against the Dodgers than one-out-of-three but what's done is done. The Snakes are still just .5 game from the Giants (thanks Phillies!) with the next four games perfectly positioned to rack up some wins against the Houston Astros who lead the major league in losses (37-77) by a wide margin.

Monday's game features what should be the best pitching match up of the series with Daniel Hudson facing Wandy Rodriguez. Hudson was brilliant in his last start when he went eight innings, gave up one run and beat Tim Lincecum and the Giants on the road.

Let's hope he doesn't have a let down against Wandy. In fact, the biggest fear in this series is the D-backs not bringing their A-game against the F-class opponent. Here's the full schedule for the series:

  • Monday (6:40 p.m.) : Daniel Hudson (11-7, 3.67) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (7-8, 3.69)
  • Tuesday (6:40 p.m.) : Jason Marquis (0-1, 15.75) vs. Jordan Lyles (1-6, 4.36)
  • Wednesday (6:40 p.m.) : Josh Collmenter (6-7, 3.58) vs.
  • Thursday (6:40 p.m.) : Joe Saunders (8-9, 3.61) vs.TBA
Here's hoping Jason Marquis bounces back from his horrible first start as a D-back. Kirk Gibson said that his performance was in part to blame on the defense who didn't play well behind him and also didn't quite know how to play behind the groundball pitcher.

All four games are on Fox Sports Arizona with the live game thread at AZ Snake Pit.

Series Preview #38: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros - AZ Snake Pit
The last time the Diamondbacks played the Astros, I wrote a few words and eventually concluded that the 2011 Astros were "a bad team that's actually better than they first appear."  More than two months later, it seems I was half right: the Houston Astros are indeed a bad team, but they've done nothing to demonstrate that they are better than they first appear.