March 7, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley (36) pitches in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks-Giants Game 2 Preview


After last nigh’ts heartbreaking home opener loss, the Arizona Diamondbacks look to get off the snide and win their first game of 2014. The Diamondbacks are going to need a quality start out of Wade Miley, and the bullpen will have to protect leads. After an 0-3 start, the next three games against the San Francisco Giants are important for the team’s confidence and morale. While there is still a lot of baseball left to be played, the Snakes can’t afford to start the season 0-5 or 0-6 and in a 5 or 6 game hole in the tough N.L West. Here is what you need to know for tonight’s game:

Tonight’s Game: Giants@Diamondbacks

When: 6:40pm

Where: Chase Field

TV/Radio: FSAZ/KTAR-FM (98.7), KTAR-AM (620)

Pitchers: LHP Wade Miley (0-1 5.40) vs. RHP Matt Cain (8-10 4.00 in 2013)

Need to Know: Miley gave up 3 runs in 5 innings in his first start of the season on March 22nd in Sydney, Australia. Wade gave up two critical hits to Scott Van Slyke, but overall, he pitched well. The offense didn’t support him that night. Miley has a 3.31 career ERA in 6 starts against San Francisco. One guy to keep an eye on is Buster Posey who owns Wade hitting .533 with 1 HR and 4 RBI in his career against the left-hander.  Cain is coming off the worst season of his career snapping his streak of pitching at least 200 innings and having an ERA under 4.00. If the Giants are going to get back to October this season, he will have to bounce back. The one positive from last night’s game was the offense and more specifically Mark Trumbo. The team is going to need production from A.J Pollock who struck out three times last night.

D’backs Projected Lineup:

1. Gerardo Parra, RF

2. Aaron Hill, 2B

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

4. Martin Prado, 3B

5. Miguel Montero, C

6. Mark Trumbo, LF

7. Chris Owings, SS

8. A.J. Pollock, CF

9. Wade Miley, P

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