Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Series Preview
Diamondbacks Welcome Back Justin Upton To Chase Field
Arizona started off playing great against the Phillies, but their bullpen let them down once again in the last two games as they gave up six runs. The Diamondbacks bullpen has now blown 11 saves, which is the most in MLB this season.
The Braves just lost three of four games to the San Francisco Giants, and are having problems with scoring runs. They only managed to score 10 runs against the Giants, while their pitching gave up 26.
The probable pitchers for the upcoming series against the Braves include Wade Miley, Patrick Corbin and Ian Kennedy.
This will be the first time that the Diamondbacks will face Atlanta this season, and it will also be the first time that Arizona will see Justin Upton since he was traded in the off-season to the Braves.
The starting pitching for Arizona is beginning to pitch better, but the offense needs to back up the pitching performance from their starters for them to have success.
The team that manages to break out of their slump on offense has the best chance at earning a series victory.
The following slideshow is a preview of what to expect in the Braves vs. Diamondbacks series.
Pitching Match up No.1
Wade Miley rebounded in his last start against the Dodgers and showed better command by not walking a batter. He will need to show that great command against Atlanta.
Mike Minor has thrown the ball well this season, as indicated by his 2.96 ERA. He continued his strong start by throwing seven strong innings against the Reds in his last outing.
Pitching Match up No.2
Patrick Corbin has been the model of consistency for Arizona this season. He has made seven starts, and has thrown at least six innings while giving up no more than two earned runs in each.
Julio Teheran is finally pitching how the Braves believed that he could. His success in his past three starts is due to how he throwing his changeup.
Pitching Match up No.3
Ian Kennedy had a rocky beginning in his last start, but showed some fortitude in pitching well. The key to his success is to throw more strikes to the opposition.
Tim Hudson had problems in his last start against the Giants, and it was also third time in eight starts that he has lasted fewer than five innings. He has been very successful in his career against Arizona, as indicated by his 4-0 record and 0.94 ERA in five starts.
Key Diamondbacks Player No.1
A.J. Pollock has played well in the absence of Adam Eaton, and Arizona will have a tough decision to make at the end of the month.
Key Diamondbacks Player No.2
Gerardo Parra has continued to play well this season, and has shown why he deserves to be in the starting line up each day. The one aspect of his game that goes unnoticed is that he is spectacular on defense.