Gameday Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks Look to Scare the Braves

 

Game #13: Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Start Time:  6:40pm MST

Broadcast Information: TV: FSN Arizona Radio: 620AM KTAR

Pitching Matchup: Mike Minor (1-1, 4.38 ERA) vs. Josh Collmenter (0-0, 12.86 ERA)

Game in a Nutshell:

The Atlanta Braves are coming off a huge win in Queens against the New York Mets, who they downed 14-6 yesterday. They come in with a 7-5 record, which is the same record that the Diamondbacks currently hold. Arizona fell yesterday to the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 in their series finale against the Buccos, and they’ll be looking to bounce back strong.

Key Player: Miguel Montero

With Chris Young on the disabled list and Justin Upton hobbled with a thumb injury, the main guy in terms of production left in the Diamondbacks’ lineup is their catcher Montero. He has been seeing the ball very well as of late, and his power stroke is starting to come back. He’ll almost certainly be batting in the clean up spot for this one, and if he can keep his eye at the plate sharp (and his cannon behind the plate in throwing out baserunners gunning), then he could very well be a difference maker in both areas of the diamond for a team that sorely needs him to step up.

Key to Success:

The key for the Diamondbacks in this game is going to be making sure to give Collmenter a good amount of support. Daniel Hudson pitched a great game on Wednesday, but the team really let him down when push came to shove, and he was a tough luck loser despite his best efforts.

The Diamondbacks haven’t had much success in scoring after the first inning of games, but if they can get active on the basepaths tomorrow and disrupt Minor’s timing, then they could break out of that pattern in a big way.

Headlines:

-Upton took some time from resting his sore thumb to speak to Grantland’s Jonah Keri for his “10 Minutes With” feature for the website. In the article, he admits that his defense is his skill that he feels is his weakest, and he also has some interesting insight into how manager Kirk Gibson runs the team. [Grantland]

-Young was placed on the DL Wednesday, and things have been firming up as to estimates about how much time he’s going to be off the field. The current best estimate put forward by Scott Bordow is about two to three weeks. [Arizona Republic]

-The Diamondbacks finally have an official team hot dog, and it sounds delicious. Even though peanut butter wouldn’t have been my first choice… [Arizona Republic]

-There is still no timetable on the return of Stephen Drew from his ankle injury, but he looked pretty good fielding ground balls before a game earlier this week at Chase Field. [Arizona Republic]

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