Brandon McCarthy suggested Wednesday -- presumably in jest -- that the D-backs need "an exorcism or something" amid a franchise-worst 4-14 start. Players maintain there's no easy answer or quick fix to the team's struggles, and such a hole will be tough to climb out of, but the Diamondbacks can only try to turn things around and chip away. Three games against the Dodgers, who have beaten the D-backs five times this season, offer as good a place as any to start. Photo: Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press
Goldy rakes in L.A.
What prompted Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to call D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt a "one-man wrecking crew?" That would be a slash line of .538/.571/1.462 over three games at Dodger Stadium last May. Goldschmidt bashed four homers in the series and tallied nine RBIs. For the season, Goldschmidt batted .381 with a .409 on-base percentage, four home runs and 12 RBIs at the park. He gets his first chance to keep raking in L.A. this weekend.
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Welcome to the show, Part II
Rookie right-hander Mike Bolsinger already made his major league debut, pitching in relief Monday, but he'll make his debut as a starter for the D-backs in Los Angeles on Saturday. Bolsinger, a 15th-round draft pick in 2010, takes over Trevor Cahill's spot in the rotation after getting his first taste out of the bullpen. In three innings of work Monday, Bolsinger allowed two runs on six hits while walking two batters and striking out three. Photo: Matt Kartozian / USA TODAY Sports
How to get A-Gon
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has destroyed Diamondbacks pitching this season, doing most of his damage over three games last weekend. In that series, Gonzalez went 7 for 13 (.538) with three home runs, a double and 10 RBI. Only left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher seemed to have an answer for Gonzalez, getting him to strike out on back-to-back nights. Unfortunately for the D-backs, Thatcher can only take care of one Gonzalez at-bat per game.