Know Your Foe #19: Ice cold D-Backs hope return to Chase Field warms them up

Although this photo may lead you to believe otherwise, Stephen Drew is NOT the natural (when facing anyone but the Rockies, that is).

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (20-34, 12.5 GB, 5TH NL WEST)

2010 Record vs. Rockies: 2-4

After taking two of three from the Rockies at Coors Field in April (despite being outscored by eight runs), the D-Backs were swept in their most recent trip to Denver. In retrospect, that three-game set looks to have sent Arizona into a serious downward spiral in which they have lost ten straight games(more on that below). As a team, the Diamondbacks amassed just a .221/.295/.333 slash line against the Rockies, despite having a capable offense (at the time, at least) working in a hitter's park. It's even worse when considering the fact that the above stats include the game in which the D-Backs scored twelve runs. Conversely, their pitchers were torched for a .300/.370/.552 line by Colorado's hitters. Offensively, Stephen Drew tormented the Rockies as usual, posting a .350/.409/.500 line in six games. Everybody else in the D-Backs' lineup was underwhelming as a whole (which is also normal for them against Colorado, for the most part). On the pitching end of things, there really isn't anything positive to say as far as how Arizona's pitchers have fared against the Rockies; they've all been pretty well beaten up - most notably, Edwin Jackson (one start, 2.1 IP, 11 H, 10 ER) and Dan Haren (two starts, 14.1 IP, 15 H, 10 ER).

Recent Results: swept 0-3 at San Francisco; swept 0-3 at Los Angeles (NL)

The D-Backs have scored ten runs over their past six games - nine of which were scored during two games. Counting their series in Colorado, they brought a grand total of 17 runners across the plate in nine games - do the arithmetic. To be fair, they have clearly fallen on a little bit of hard luck, as they lost three extra-innings affairs - one at San Francisco, and two consecutive 1-0 decisions at LA. However, their offense (which is supposed to be their strength) has also clearly failed them.

Friday-Sunday: 3-game series @ Chase Field

Expected Pitching Matchups

Friday, 4 June 2010 @ 7:40pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Aaron Cook 2-3 10 10 1 0 0 0 58.0 66 36 32 3 27 26 4.97 1.60


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ian Kennedy 3-3 11 11 0 0 0 0 69.1 58 27 26 11 23 57 3.38 1.17


Saturday, 5 June 2010 @ 6:10pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jhoulys Chacin 3-3 7 6 0 0 0 0 37.1 29 15 15 2 15 36 3.62 1.18


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Dontrelle Willis 1-2 10 8 0 0 0 0 43.1 48 24 24 3 29 33 4.98 1.78

 

Sunday, 6 June 2010 @ 2:10pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ubaldo Jimenez 10-1 11 11 2 2 0 0 80.1 46 7 7 1 26 70 0.78 .90


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Rodrigo Lopez 2-3 11 11 0 0 0 0 71.0 79 41 34 11 21 39 4.31 1.41

More after the jump...

Expected Lineup

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Kelly Johnson
2B 0.261 0.358 0.537 0.895 0.277 0.287 0.388
Stephen Drew
SS 0.284 0.352 0.453 0.805 0.168 0.331 0.356
Justin Upton
RF 0.249 0.323 0.429 0.752 0.180 0.341 0.333
Mark Reynolds
3B 0.224 0.330 0.475 0.806 0.251 0.287 0.352
Adam LaRoche
1B 0.267 0.365 0.483 0.848 0.215 0.336 0.371
Chris Young
CF 0.267 0.329 0.446 0.775 0.179 0.306 0.342
 Conor Jackson
LF 0.220 0.311 0.297 0.608 0.076 0.255 0.280
Chris Snyder
C 0.217 0.353 0.442 0.794 0.225 0.244 0.343

 

Bench

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
John Hester
C 0.171 0.244 0.244 0.488 0.073 0.226 0.222
Augie Ojeda
IF 0.130 0.160 0.130 0.290 0.000 0.130 0.136
Ryan Roberts
UT 0.111 0.111 0.111 0.222 0.000 0.125 0.100
Rusty Ryal UT 0.314 0.352 0.431 0.783 0.118 0.389 0.348
Gerardo Parra
OF 0.234 0.265 0.319 0.584 0.085 0.297 0.256

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Chad Qualls 0-2 22 0 0 0 9 4 17.2 31 19 15 3 6 19 7.64 2.09

 

Injuries


Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mark Reynolds quadriceps 06/04/2010

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Miguel Montero knee 04/11/2010
Tony Abreu wrist 05/24/2010
Kris Benson shoulder 04/29/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brandon Webb shoulder 03/26/2010
Leo Rosales foot 04/29/2010

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