Series Preview 4/25-28: Cardinals @ Diamondbacks

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The Cardinals are continuing their trip on the west coast with a four-game set at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who will be playing in their second straight series with a team from the National League Central.

In the first game of the series, the Diamondbacks will give the ball to one of their newest players, Zack Greinke. Greinke has not yet displayed the ace-like qualities that he did last season with the Dodgers, pitching to an earned run average north of five in four starts thus far. Nonetheless, he did log a solid outing in his last start against the Giants, one that he lasted 6 2/3 innings in and allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven. Opposing Greinke for the Cardinals will be Jaime Garcia. Garcia has made three starts this season, his most recent one coming against the Chicago Cubs. In that start, Garcia went five innings and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks and earned the loss due to receiving just one run of support from his teammates.

The second game of the four-game set will feature Shelby Miller for Arizona. Miller, a former Cardinal, has made four starts this season, but his last two have been configured with by injury. In his third start of the season — April 16 against the Padres — Miller scraped his right hand on the mound while following through his delivery, cutting his hand and leaving him in an afflictive situation. Miller’s fourth and most recent start of the year came on April 21 against the Giants. Miller’s night lasted a mere two innings, a period where he walked five batters and threw 23 of his 55 pitches strikes. The Cardinals will send Carlos Martinez to the bump. Martinez, who ironically was looked upon at the start of the 2015 season to fill Miller’s spot in the Cardinals’ rotation, one that Miller had held for the biggest part of two seasons, has started three games on the young season, including a fine outing against Chicago. In that outing, Martinez pitched seven innings and allowed one run on three hits. In fact, Martinez’s last two starts have equaled seven innings in length.

Patrick Corbin will take the hill for the Diamondbacks in third game of the series. In his last start, Corbin pitched six frames against the Pirates, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. Corbin has gone at least six innings in each of his four starts this year. Toeing the rubber with Corbin will be Adam Wainwright, who is looking to return completely to form in what will be his fifth start of the year. Wainwright has allowed eighteen earned runs on ten walks and 29 hits through 22 1/3 innings this year. In his start in San Diego on Friday, April 22, Wainwright pitched six innings and surrendered three runs — a step forward from the seven he gave up in the start prior.

In the fourth and final game of the four-game series, Rubby De La Rosa will take the hill for the D-Backs. De La Rosa went six innings his last time out against the Pirates, holding the Bucs to one run on three hits while striking out six. Facing De La Rosa will be St. Louis’s Michael Wacha. Wacha’s last start came against the San Diego Padres; Wacha went six innings and gave up two runs on four hits.

 

Who’s hot?

STL: Aledmys Diaz, shortstop. Diaz has eleven hits in his last eighteen at-bats, including a 5-for-5 game against the Padres on Saturday, April 24.

ARI: Paul Goldschmidt, first baseman. Goldschmidt is beginning to heat up after a slow start according to his standards, smashing three home runs over his last seven games.

Who’s not?

STL: Stephen Piscotty, right fielder. Piscotty has six hits in his last 27 at-bats with only one RBI.

ARI: Nick Ahmed, shortstop. Ahmed has two hits in his last 24 at-bats with no RBIs and three strikeouts.

 

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