Monday -- Nationals 11, D-backs 1; Collmenter roughed up in season's worst loss. Tuesday -- D-backs 14, Nationals 6; Trumbo homers twice in rout. Wednesday -- RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 5.85) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 3.62), 12:40 p.m.
King of the hill
Aaron Hill has played both second base and third base this season, and neither regularly given the D-backs' glut of infielders. But with playing time recently has come the form that made him the 2012 NL Silver Slugger award at second base. Hill is hitting .462 in his last 12 games, with three homers and seven RBI. He is handling the hard stuff, too, after singling off San Diego closer Craig Kimbrel (97 mph average) on Saturday and homering off Andrew Cashner (95 mph) on Sunday.
Money isn't everything
Washington has committed $295 million to its starting rotation this season after adding added former Diamondback Max Scherzer ($210 million) to Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister. Results have been good, with a 3.60 ERA and 20 quality starts. At the same time, the D-backs' starters ($8.3 million) stack up quite nicely in comparison. D-backs' starters have a 3.66 ERA and 16 quality starts. Opponents are hitting .277 against the Nationals' rotation and .256 against Arizona's.
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Harper on fire
Bryce Harper -- still the fourth-youngest player in the major leagues at 22 years, 207 days -- is the hottest player in the majors. Harper has 10 hits in his last 16 at-bats, with six homers, a double and 13 RBI. He had a three-homer game against Miami on Wednesday and after an off day had a two-homer game against Atlanta on Friday. He leads the NL in homers (11), is tied for the league in walks (28) and is third in RBI (28) and OPS (1.089).
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Look out below
Chase Field grades outs as a hitter's park because the altitude helps fly balls, and it will be under assault again this week. Mark Trumbo has the longest homer in Chase Field this season, a 451-footer onto the walkway in left-center field against Colorado on April 28, and Paul Goldschmidt hit a 443-footer against James Shields on Friday. Bryce Harper had a 452-footer on April 18, and among his six homers last week were 441-, 439- and 431- footers against Miami and Atlanta.