MLB: Diamondbacks – Mariners preview
The Diamondbacks return to Chase Field for a 6 game home stand starting tonight. Currently they have won 5 straight games at home.
The Diamondbacks will face the Seattle Mariners for 3 games followed by the Chicago Cubs for 3 games. They will be facing 2 teams that have pitchers with some of baseball’s worst road ERAs. Hopefully this will wake up the lethargic Diamondbacks’ offense.
After the Angeles series this past weekend; the whole team could use some solid at bats, but the following players could really use the home field advantage and crowd to get their bats “healthy” again during this 6 game home-stand!
In the Angles series Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero each went 1 for 7. Willie Bloomquist went 1 for 8. Chris Young is in a 6 week slump and he looks frustrated at the plate. He was 1 for 11 in the Angels series and has just 1 RBI in his last 22 games. He also has yet to hit a homerun since he came off the disabled list 23 games ago. Justin Upton has not hit a homerun in 19 games and has also gone 7 games without an RBI, extra base hit, or a walk. The slowdown in hitting from these players led to the Diamondbacks not scoring a run in their last 21 innings.
The Diamondbacks have lost their last 7 outings against the Mariners and will need to take advantage of the Mariners starting pitching to stop the losing streak. Monday’s starter Hector Noesi is 2-7, with a 5.54 ERA. Noesi is has a 0-4 record with a 5.04 ERA in his last seven outings. He pitched well at home last Wednesday against San Diego, giving up one run over seven innings but took the loss. However, it has been a different story on the road, for Noesi who is 0-3 in seven starts with an 8.15 ERA – the worst among major league qualifiers. The other two scheduled pitchers for the Mariners are Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 4.50) on Tuesday followed by LHP Jason Vargas (7-6, 3.95). The Mariners are 17-20 on the road.
The Diamondbacks will start Wade Miley tonight followed by Daniel Hudson on Tuesday night. And, Trevor Cahill will start the 12:40PM afternoon game on Wednesday. (I will be at that game). The starting rotation was excellent in the Angeles series (even though they only have one win to show for it) allowing just four earned runs over 21 innings of work.
Unfortunately, the Diamondback pitchers were hurt by the homerun ball. Joe Saunders’ only two runs allowed came on a homerun in the first inning off the bat of left fielder Mark Trumbo. Albert Pujols hit a solo shot off Ian Kennedy on Sunday that was enough run support for the Angels.
Trevor Cahill has been one of the best pitchers in baseball in the month of June. Cahill has a 3-0 record and 0.77 ERA, including a complete game shutout. The bullpen worked four innings of shutout ball this weekend with Brad Ziegler throwing a pair of shutout innings in relief. It was the second series in their last four that the bullpen didn’t allow an earned run.
The Diamondbacks need to create more scoring opportunities. Perhaps a return home, where they hit the ball well last time, will help get this team on a “roll”. I hope to see you at the ballpark.