|ARIZONA ( RAY )|
CINCINNATI ( ROMANO )
|957||ARIZONA||-130||Ov 9.5,+100||-140||Ov 9.5,-105|
|958||CINCINNATI||+120||Un 9.5,-120||+130||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-27||+13.5||31-35||5.1||0.261||0.328||0.430||0.759||3.8||0.233||0.299||0.373||0.671|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.1||2-4||2.9||0.215||0.290||0.311||0.601||5.1||0.263||0.323||0.470||0.793|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-15||-8.6||10-9||4.0||0.250||0.301||0.419||0.720||5.1||0.264||0.342||0.467||0.809|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||2-4||3.4||0.211||0.281||0.342||0.623||6.0||0.269||0.344||0.473||0.818|
|7/4/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-4||L||260||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||9||8||0|
|7/5/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||0-1||L||182||7.5 un||U||4||7||0||4||6||0|
|7/6/2017||RAY(L)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||4-5||L||145||7.5 ov||O||7||5||0||8||11||1|
|7/14/2017||WALKER(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||3-4||L||100||9.5 ev||U||10||9||1||9||6||1|
|7/15/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||5-8||L||-130||9.5 un||O||10||11||0||14||7||0|
|7/16/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||GARCIA(L)||1-7||L||-105||9 ev||U||4||5||1||8||4||1|
|7/18/2017||RAY(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||GREINKE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ADLEMAN(R)|| |
|7/20/2017||WALKER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|7/4/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||8-1||W||130||12.5 un||U||10||6||0||10||7||0|
|7/5/2017||FELDMAN(R)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)||3-5||L||135||11 ov||U||11||10||0||6||5||2|
|7/6/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||6-3||W||145||13 un||U||13||9||3||8||4||0|
|7/7/2017||ADLEMAN(R)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)||3-6||L||180||9 un||P||8||5||1||8||5||0|
|7/8/2017||CASTILLO(R)||@ ARIZONA||WALKER(R)||7-0||W||120||9.5 ov||U||7||6||1||3||7||0|
|7/9/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||2-1||W||140||10.5 un||U||8||8||0||7||8||0|
|7/23/2017||ROMANO(R)||MIAMI|| || |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|ARIZONA: 2016: 69-93, fourth place
Manager: Torey Lovullo (first season)
Who's new? C Chris Iannetta, C Jeff Mathis, IF/OF Daniel Descalso, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Jones
Who's gone? Manager Chip Hale, SS Jean Segura, IF/OF Phil Gosselin, OF Peter O'Brien, C Welington Castillo, C Tuffy Gosewich, OF Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Daniel Hudson, LHP Edwin Escobar
Projected lineup: CF A.J. Pollock (.244, 2 HR, 4 RBI in 12 games), 3B Jake Lamb (.249, 9, 29), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.297, 24, 95, 32 SB), RF David Peralta (.251, .4, 15), LF Yasmany Tomas (.272, 31, 83), 2B Brandon Drury (.282, 16, 53), SS Chris Owings (.277, 5, 49, 21 SB), C Chris Iannetta (.210, 7, 24 with Mariners) or Jeff Mathis (.238, 2, 15 with Marlins)
Rotation: RH Zack Greinke (13-7, 4.37 ERA), RH Taijuan Walker (8-11, 4.22), LH Robbie Ray (8-15, 4.90), LH Patrick Corbin (5-13, 5.15), RH Shelby Miller (3-12, 6.15)
Key relievers: RH Fernando Rodney (2-4, 3.44, 25/28 SV with Padres and Marlins), RH Jake Barrett (1-2, 3.49), RH Randall Delgado (5-2, 4.44), LH Andrew Chafin (0-1, 6.75), RH Kevin Jepsen (2-6, 5.98, 7/11 SV with Twins and Rays), RH Tom Wilhelmsen (2-4, 6.80 with Rangers and Mariners)
Hot spots: Rotation and catcher. The Diamondbacks' rotation was atrocious in 2016, ranking 29th in MLB in ERA. But hey, maybe it wasn't all their fault. In his first year as general manager, Mike Hazen installed a 'pitching strategist' (Dan Haren) and three new catchers (former Angels Iannetta, Mathis and Hank Conger). Meanwhile, nine of the 10 pitchers who started a game for the Diamondbacks last year remain in the organization. It's a bold experiment in how to fix a pitching staff. Iannetta and Mathis can frame all the borderline pitches they want. At some point, the onus will fall on Greinke, Ray, Miller, Corbin and newcomer Walker to perform to their potential.
Outlook: It wasn't long ago that Arizona spent $206 million to coax Greinke to defect from the Dodgers. Now the Diamondbacks feel like a team on the brink of a complete rebuild. Even without Jean Segura, who led the National League in hits, the lineup will score enough to keep Arizona competitive. But what to make of the pitching staff? The rotation beyond Greinke could be anywhere from awesome to abysmal. The ninth inning belongs to 39-year-old Rodney and, if he fails, a who's-who list of failed former closers: Wilhelmsen, Jepsen or J.J. Hoover. The farm system is in poor shape. If things get worse before they get better, Greinke could be the first player traded.
|CINCINNATI: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Bryan Price (third season)
Who's new? RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Drew Storen, RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, OF Ryan Raburn, OF Desmond Jennings, IF/OF Arismendy Alcantara
Who's gone? 2B Brandon Phillips, C Ramon Cabrera, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Alfredo Simon, LHP John Lamb, RHP Josh Smith
Projected lineup: CF Billy Hamilton (.260, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 58 SB), SS Zack Cozart (.252, 16, 50), 1B Joey Votto (.326, 29, 97), LF Adam Duvall (.241, 33, 103), RF Scott Schebler (.265, 9, 40), 3B Eugenio Suarez (.248, 21, 70), C Devin Mesoraco (.140, 0, 1 in 16 games), 2B Jose Peraza (.324, 3, 25, 21 SB)
Rotation: RH Anthony DeSclafani (9-5, 3.28 ERA), RH Scott Feldman (7-4, 3.97 with Astros and Blue Jays), LH Brandon Finnegan (10-11, 3.98), RH Tim Adleman (4-4, 4.00), RH Robert Stephenson (2-3, 6.08) or Cody Reed (0-7, 7.36) or Amir Garrett (2-5, 3.46 for Triple-A Louisville)
Key relievers: RH Raisel Iglesias (3-2, 2.53, 6/8 SV), RH Drew Storen (3-0, 3.44 with Mariners), RH Michael Lorenzen (2-1, 2.88), LH Tony Cingrani (2-5, 4.14, 17/23 SV), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Blake Wood (6-5, 3.99)
Hot spot: Rotation. The Reds' rebuilding effort is just beginning to bear fruit on the mound. DeSclafani, 26, made a big leap in his second full season in 2016. Finnegan, 23, will try to do the same this year. If the next wave of pitchers isn't ready for the major leagues, Stephenson, Reed, Garrett, Sal Romano and Rookie Davis would make a mean rotation at Triple-A. Meanwhile, 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo will try to hold down a job like it's 2004.
Outlook: After trading Phillips to the Braves, only Votto and pitcher Homer Bailey remain from the Reds' last season as a contending team. Cincinnati was basically a .500 team (36-37) after the All-Star break last season, so maybe a return to respectability isn't far off. Hamilton and infielder Jose Peraza, electric on the bases and in the field, have breakout potential. There might not be another star on the roster besides Votto, but that's OK for now. With no veterans blocking their best prospects, the Reds can use this season to figure out what their system holds.
|Diamondbacks in a rough stretch entering series vs. Reds|
CINCINNATI -- Through 92 games, the Arizona Diamondbacks are off to one of their best starts in franchise history. But the season has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks with losses in 11 of the past 14 games, including a season-high five straight defeats.
Arizona (53-39) is hoping to get back on track this week when it begins a three-game series on Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
"Right now, everything that we get, we're really having to work for," Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta told The Arizona Republic. "Nothing is really coming easy. No one is handing us anything. It's just one of those stretches. It's tough. We'll just keep grinding through it."
With the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers looking to run away with the National League West, the Diamondbacks are running out of time. But they'll get an opportunity to find their rhythm against a rebuilding Reds club that has lost four straight games and was outscored 35-12 while being swept in a four-game series during the weekend by the Washington Nationals.
The Reds tied a franchise record by allowing 13 home runs in the four games against the Nationals.
Left-hander Robbie Ray will start for the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. He leads the major leagues with a 1.34 road ERA in eight starts. He's tied with the Nationals' Max Scherzer and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw for third in the NL with 141 strikeouts.
Ray hasn't had much success against Cincinnati, however, going 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts.
Reds manager Bryan Price promised right-hander Sal Romano would return to the rotation at some point after the All-Star break and it appears the 23-year-old will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start Tuesday.
Romano, who doesn't turn 24 years old until October, picked up his first major-league win in his last start, allowing two earned runs in a 6-3 victory on July 6 at Colorado.
In 10 starts at Triple-A this season, Romano is 1-4 with a 3.47 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 17 walks in 49 1/3 innings.
"He's a big, strong kid who creates some good downward plane," Price said. "He can pitch to contact and get some quick outs. The biggest challenge for a young pitcher is to be yourself and unload the pressures. He's done a good job of that."
Cincinnati (39-53) is hoping to get catcher Devin Mesoraco back from the disabled list at some point this week, possibly during the Arizona series. He has been on the DL with a left shoulder strain since July 3 but began what the Reds hope is a two-game rehab stint at Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
Arizona will be without right-handed reliever Randall Delgado, who was placed on the 10-day DL on Sunday with right elbow inflammation. J.J. Hoover was reinstated from the DL and will get an opportunity to face his former Reds teammates this week.
Cincinnati took two of three games from Arizona at Chase Field before the All-Star break.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2017 11:32:41 AM EST|