Monday -- Dodgers 9, D-backs 3; home runs doom De La Rosa, D-backs again. Tuesday -- Dodgers 3, D-backs 1; Kendrick's 7th-inning single the difference. Wednesday -- RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 4.88) vs. LHP Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.29), 6:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
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A.J. Pollock remains on one of the best rolls of his careers, one that could (should) land him in Cincinnati for the July 14 All-Star game. Since his game-deciding, pinch-hit homer May 19 in Miami, Pollock is slashing .397/.447/.692 while doing a little bit of everything -- seven doubles, four homers, 12 RBI, eight stolen bases, rangy defense in center field. Pollock is tied for the lead among NL outfielders in hits (69), is second in WAR (3.2) and batting average (.322) and third in stolen bases (14).
Since Paul Goldschmidt's first full season in 2012, only two NL players have drawn more than 100 walks in a season -- Joey Votto (135) and Shin-Soo Choo (112) in 2013. Goldschmidt is well on his way. His 47 walks are second in the majors, and his 15 intentional walks are far and away the major-league high. Mets' manager Terry Collins summed up opponents' thinking when he brought in 99 mph closer Jeurys Familia to face Goldschmidt on Friday. "I wasn't going to let Goldschmidt hit against anybody but him."
Back in form
Jeremy Hellickson has won his last three starts and has made four consecutive quality starts, his best streak in two years and signs that he is back in form after elbow surgery following the 2013 season. Hellickson has given up only 25 base-runners in his last 24 2-3 innings while striking out 17 over his last four starts. He made five consecutive quality starts, and six of seven, while winning six straight decisions with Tampa Bay starting June 19, 2013.
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See ya next time, maybe
For the second consecutive series in Los Angeles, the D-backs will not face either of the Dodgers' aces, Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke. It did not help the first time. Not only did the Dodgers post a sweep May 1-3, they also shut out the D-backs twice, the last game in 13 innings. The D-backs cannot let that happen again, now that they are within 4-1/2 games in the NL West after the faltering Dodgers have lost four of five and eight of 12.