Rays VS. D-Backs Series Preview

By Chris Lacey

Jul 31, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley (36) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Image Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks will come back home after having a tough road trip that saw the team lose four of the the six games that they played. Their next few games could define their season.

They are currently six games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers of first place in the National League West. To have any hope of catching them, they will have to start playing better before it is too late.

The Diamondbacks split a two game series against the Tampa Bay Rays last week, and this will also be the first time the Rays will play a game at Chase Field since 2007.

Game 1 (Tuesday): Jeremy Hellickson (10-4, 4.60 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (8-8, 3.68 ERA)

Hellickson, who lost  a 7-0 decision to the D-Backs on July 31, will face Arizona for the second time in a week. He threw 92 pitches and 4 1/3 innings, in just his second loss since April. The young right-hander is 1-4 with a 6.60 ERA in Interleague Play.

Miley has been on a roll of late. He posted a 4-1 record and a 1.59 ERA in five July starts. Miley also faced the Rays last time out and he allowed just two hits in 6 1/3 innings as Arizona won, 7-0 at Tropicana Field.

Game 2 (Wednesday): Chris Archer (6-4, 2.65 ERA) vs. Randall Delgado (4-3, 3.17 ERA)

The rookie Archer had a stellar July but his first start in August did not go as planned. He allowed just two hits through six innings against the San Francisco Giants but gave up three runs on three consecutive hits in his first loss since June 18.

Delgado has pitched well since joining the rotation, but he did not have one of his better outings in his last start. He gave up six runs (four earned) over six innings against the Boston Red Sox.