Atrox Weekly: Out of the Friar, Into the Brew

Waking up from their stupor, the Diamondbacks flew to the opposite coast and took one of two other teams with a claim to that title. In San Diego, the DBacks won big all three games by a combined score of 32-9. With the Rockies winning their last four in a row including a sweep of Cleveland, Arizona will have to continue winning at this pace just to maintain in the NL West. The good news? After showing some signs of life, the Giants have decided that they don’t really want to contend this year and there’s little question that the West will be limited to a three team race for the duration.

Players of the Week (Back2Back Champs)

Chris Ianetta: 2 HR, 2 2B, 8 RBI, .333 AVG, 4 BB, 1.000 SLG

Robby Ray: Win, 6.2 IP, 1 R, 11 K, 2 BB

Weekly Preview

It’s only going to get harder for the DBacks as they face an actually contending team this weekend in the Milwaukee Brewers. So far, the teams have played each other just once, splitting a four game set two weeks ago. Now, they’ll play three as the two upstart teams try to hold off the two teams annointed divisional champions before the season started, the Cubs (0.5 games behind Milwaukee) and Dodgers (0.5 games behind Arizona).

Game one will be Friday night at 6:40 PM and Randall Delgado, who had a fantastic start last time out, will face off against the young star Zach Davies. Davies completely shut down the Dodgers last time out, keeping them scoreless over six innings and has allowed more than three runs just once in his last eight starts.

On Saturday, the DBacks will be giving away a beach towel as Zack Godley takes on Junior Guerra at 7:10 PM. Guerra missed almost all of April and May after coming out of his first start injured, but has since put together three straight starts with at least five innings pitched and at most one run allowed.

To wrap up the series, former DBack righty Chase Anderson will take on current DBack lefty Robbie Ray. As noted above, Ray has been Arizona’s top pitcher two weeks in a row and has now given up one total run in his last four starts combined (including one against Milwaukee), striking out 36 to five walks.

Following a day off Monday, the Diamondbacks will wrap up their home and home with Detroit by playing two with the Tigers on Tuesday and Thursday in Michigan. They split the first two last month so a team will have to sweep this set to take the season series. Both games will start at 4:10 PM in Arizona.

Advanced Stat of the Week

The Diamondbacks have had one of the best overall offenses in baseball and that showed in San Diego. This is in large part to their 34.9% hard hit rate, which is fourth in the Majors and second to the Mets in the NL. Despite hitting the ball hard, the DBacks aren’t afraid to go to all fields and have had a much more even distribution of hits (37.5% pull, 37.1% to center, 25.5% opposite field) than nearly every other hard hitting team.

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Joseph Coblitz is a writer and editor at BurningRiverBaseball.com and the creator of the incredibly successful Cleveland Indians trivia game, Do You Wahoo? He can be found on twitter @BurningRiverBB and in real life on the back fields of Goodyear Ballpark.


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