This weekend’s battle between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park is not for playoff positioning. It’s not for bragging rights. However, it is a place where several names have been rumored to be on the trading block. Aaron Hill and Martin Prado for the D’backs and Chase Utley, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels for the Phillies are all names that been tossed about as destined for another address. Will this be their final weekend with their respective teams? Stay tuned.
Wade Miley is set to open the series for the Snakes against Kyle Kendrick. Miley has been on a roll in July with a 3-0 record and a 1.88 ERA for the month. Kendrick has been hit hard in 2014; his record is 4-10 with a 4.87 ERA. His last outing against the D’backs was on May 12th, 2013 when he gave up two runs in seven innings as the Phills won 4-2 at Chase Field. On Saturday, Josh Collmenter gets the ball against Cliff Lee. Collmenter leads the team in victories with 8 to go along with a decent 3.64 ERA. Lee came off the disabled list earlier this week and was pounded for six runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings vs. the San Francisco Giants. Sunday’s finale will have Vidal Nuno face Roberto Hernandez. Nuno has not been able to replicate his first magical start with the D’backs, having surrendered eight runs over his last 9 2/3 innings. Arizona roughed up Hernandez at Chase Field on April 25th, tagging him for four runs on seven hits in six innings as they were victorious by a score of 5-4.
Philadelphia is underachieving even more so than Arizona. The Phils are 44-58 and in last place in the National League East. Ryan Howard was recently demoted to a platoon status and the team is actively looking to trade the former MVP and the $70 million dollars left on his contract. Philly just lost three out of four to the Giants at home. The D’backs have the same exact record but are in fourth place in the National League West. They just dropped two out of three at home to the Detroit Tigers after sweeping the Chicago Cubs.
Enjoy the series.