Collmenter set for NLDS Start

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Greg Dillard

Josh Collmenter will treat it like any other start.

He’s going to employ a similar routine to what he used prior to all 24 of his regular-season starts. He knows the crowd will be electric at Chase Field, and it might feel a little different.

But for Collmenter, this is just another start.

In reality, Tuesday’s outing for Collmenter is quite different. He and the D-backs face a daunting 0-2 deficit against the Brewers in the National League Division Series. After falling in the first two games, the series now shifts to the Valley of the Sun and Chase Field.

Collmenter gets the starting nod against Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum. Despite the circumstances, Arizona’s rookie hurler will draw on past experiences in which he faced Milwaukee.

 “It’s a team I’ve pitched against before,” Collmenter said. “Obviously the crowd and the atmosphere is a little more electric than in the past, but when it comes down to it, it’s still a baseball game and you have to do what you need to do to execute to win.”

Collmenter has in fact won against the Brewers already this season.

He took the mound at Miller Park on July 6 and tossed six shutout innings in a no-decision. Collmenter scattered three hits while striking out three Brewer batters.

In his very next start, Collmenter was even better, as he hurled eight shutout innings while allowing just three hits and striking out seven in the 3-0 Arizona win.

“I was able to establish the fastball, and I think that really kept them uncomfortable,” Collmenter said. “And as the game got on, I think them being such an aggressive team, it got them frustrated. And then you can flip the aggressiveness around on them, make them swing at pitches they’re not necessarily comfortable swinging at.”

The 2011 season marked Collmenter’s first in the big leagues. He was called up in May as a reliever and has never looked back. He made 31 total appearances, including 24 starts.

He posted a 10-10 record with a solid 3.38 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 154.1 innings of work. Now Collmenter gets his first taste of postseason play, but to him, it’s just another game.

“If you let anything make it bigger than it is, then those things start affecting you,” Collmenter said. “If you can treat it as any other game as best you can, I think you’re going to have better results. I’m trying to take it, it’s another game.”

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