The Diamondbacks entered September with a one-game lead on the Dodgers in the NL West, but they knew their schedule in the final month wouldn’t allow them to coast home. A daunting slate filled with fellow playoff contenders awaited Arizona, and two weeks of running the gauntlet has taken its toll.
A 5-4 loss to the Astros on Sunday, which featured a dominant Justin Verlander outclassing Zack Greinke, sealed the Diamondbacks’ third consecutive series loss — all against teams that would be in the postseason if it started now.
JV deals, Reddick homers, and the #Astros take the series against the Diamondbacks!
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— Houston Astros (@astros) September 16, 2018
Arizona is 4-11 this month after dropping five of seven games at Colorado and Houston on the road trip and has seen the Rockies vault ahead to become the Dodgers’ prime competitor for a playoff spot.
“This road trip presented an opportunity for us to make a little bit of a move and prove ourselves against some good teams,” D-backs infielder Daniel Descalso said, via the Arizona Republic. “We just didn’t do enough to win either series.”
The news doesn’t get any better when Arizona returns home Monday, as the NL Central-leading Cubs are in for three games followed by the Rockies and Dodgers. The latter two series will give the Diamondbacks a chance to make up some ground, but they’re about out of time.
Stud of the Day
Jacob deGrom saw the Mets lose for the 18th time in his 30 starts this season, falling 4-3 to the Red Sox — once again, despite his best efforts. The right-hander padded his Cy Young resume with 12 more strikeouts in seven innings, giving him 251 this season. He also turned in his 22nd consecutive quality start, matching the major league record held by Bob Gibson and Chris Carpenter.
.@JdeGrom19 joins Tom Seaver and @DocGooden16 as the only @Mets pitchers with 250+ K in a season. pic.twitter.com/eHTQNHkh4M
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) September 16, 2018
Dud of the Day
Yoan Moncada struck out three times Sunday, giving the White Sox infielder 201 this year and making him the seventh player in baseball history to fan at least 200 times in a season. The others: Mark Reynolds (three times), Chris Davis (three times), Adam Dunn, Chris Carter, Drew Stubbs and Aaron Judge — who joined the club last year with 208. Reynolds holds the single-season record with 223 in 2009.
Down 5-0 in the ninth, Khris Davis couldn’t bring the A’s all the way back in one at-bat. But his 43rd home run of the season came close.
RECAP: Khrush tied his career-high for home runs (43) to almost give us an incredible comeback. Off tomorrow, then we’ll see you in Oakland for the last regular season homestand! https://t.co/ECHVtA6UYh pic.twitter.com/kuf9eogXK8
— Oakland Athletics ??⚾️ (@Athletics) September 16, 2018
Rockies (82-67) at Dodgers (82-68), 10:10 p.m. ET — Two combatants in the tightest division race face off the next three days in Chavez Ravine, their final head-to-head meetings of the regular season. Colorado will send Jon Gray (11-7, 4.80) to the mound against Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-3, 2.42).