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D-backs Preview #157: 9/28 @ Giants

Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Dodgers was the fifteenth time the Diamondbacks have been shut out this season. That’s just one off the franchise record, set in their inaugural season of 1998. But there’s a case to be made that these shutouts have been more woeful: Arizona’s OPS across those fifteen games is fifteen points lower than the figure posted across the sixteen games of 1998. The collective line this year is .137/.191/.169, for a .360 OPS. What stands out particularly, however, are the strikeouts. In 1998, the Diamondbacks averaged 6.75 strikeouts per shutout. This year, they have averaged 10.