Preview #33: 8/27, Diamondbacks vs. Rockies


    The team made roster moves for the series finale. They recalled pitcher Joel Payamps and infielder Andy Young from Salt River Fields, while optioning Kevin Cron and designating reliever Matt Grace for assignment. The latter two have had fairly wretched seasons to this point. Cron is still waiting for his first hit, having gone 0-for-17 with one walk and seven Ks, as pitchers have ruthlessly exploited his vulnerability to breaking pitches. Through 32 games, no other position player on the Diamondbacks has ever endured a bigger ohfer than 0-for-7 – most recently, by Roger Kieschnick in 2014. In the 20+ PA club, the two lowest batting averages to this point are both this year: Cron’s .000 and Jake Lamb’s .105.

    And then there’s Grace. If this is the end of his time with the Diamondbacks, he will leave with an ERA of 54.00, having allowed six earned runs while retiring three batters. Obvious comparison is obvious:

    Mark Grace: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 9.00 ERAMatt Grace: 1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 54.00 ERA

    Grace (Matt, not Mark) currently owns the highest ERA in team history by any pitcher with at least one inning worked. He trails a pair of pitchers whose tenure in Arizona was briefer still. In 1998, Ricky Pickett gave up six earned runs in 0.2 innings of work, and in 2007, J.D. Durbin allowed seven earned runs is his sole outing as a Diamondback. He was not asked back, but did work the rest of the season with the Phillies.


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