arizona diamondbackswho went 52-110 two seasons ago are tied for the best record in the National League coming into mid-June
has metamorphosed to diamondbackswho are looking for their sixth straight win and 12th in 14 games when they host Philadelphia Phillies Monday night in the first of a four-game series in Phoenix
diamondbacks Last made the playoffs in 2017, but are suddenly looking like a potential postseason participant as they sit 15 games above . 500 and tied with the mighty Atlanta Braves for the best mark in the NL.
Arizona leads the big-market Los Angeles Dodgers by 3 1/2 games in the NL West race after rallying for a 7-5 win over the host Detroit Tigers on Sunday. diamondbacks Pushed across four runs in the ninth inning snatched the victory
“You’re down to your last out, you’re fighting and scratching all day for every inch, and you come up with the big hits,” Arizona manager Torey Lovulo said afterwards. “It’s just a testament to what these guys believe every single day. That they can go out and win baseball games, no matter what the circumstances.”
to fuel diamondbacks‘ Rising is rookie outfielder Corbin Carroll, who is 10-for-19 in his last four games with three homers, two doubles, one triple, seven runs and eight RBI.
On Sunday, Carroll went 3-for-5 for his third three-hit outing in a four-game span. He also stole his 19th base of the season while scoring twice and knocking in a run.
The 22-year-old Carroll was impressed by his teammate’s composure as Arizona scored five runs in the final two innings.
“There’s no panic, everyone’s relaxing,” Carroll said. “And when you’re playing comfortably, you’re playing good baseball.”
Philadelphia is also playing solid baseball with seven wins in their last eight games.
The defending NL champions are still one game below . 500 despite their recent flurry and will look to end some of Arizona’s recent issues.
Phillies Phoenix is just 4-12 since the start of the 2017 season.
They arrive with some momentum as the recent hot stretch includes taking two of three from the Dodgers, including Sunday’s 7-3 home win.
Philadelphia manager Rob Thomson later said, “We’ve been playing well for a while now, so that’s good.” “Now we have to play with a really good team and win on the road. That’s our next goal.”
Bryce Harper reached base four times on two singles and two walks. Trey Turner had three hits and scored three times.
“It’s the kind of baseball we knew we could play,” Turner said of the recent stretch.
Left-hander Matt Strahm (4-3, 3.61 ERA) will make his ninth start of the season. Phillies in the opener. He is expected to pitch one or two innings
Strahm pitched one inning of relief against the Dodgers on Friday and allowed three runs on two hits, both homers. He served as the opener in his previous outing on June 3 when he retired all six batters against the Washington Nationals.
Strahm was the opener against Arizona on May 23 and allowed two runs and three hits over two innings. He is 2–3 with a 4.30 ERA in 21 career appearances (four starts). diamondbacks
Arizona’s Evan Longoria is 3-for-6 with two homers against Strahm.
diamondbacks will take on left-hander Tommy Henry (3-1, 4.37), who Phillies On 22 May. Henry allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings during the 6-3 victory.
Henry suffered a season-worst five-run upset in his last outing when he got a no-decision against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. He gave up five hits and three walks while striking out two.
Henry is 1–1 with an 8.38 ERA in two career starts against Philadelphia. Kyle Schwarber and Bryson Stott both dismissed Henry.
– Field Level Media