Just when you think the Diamondbacks have figured themselves out, they tend to lose their focus. In fact, it has happened five times this year, hovering around just a game above .500. You can thank the Giants series last weekend, but with how the last three games have gone there is a little worry about how they can back up quality pitching.
Last night their ace Josh Collmenter took to the hill. He did his job, allowing just three runs and earned back to back quality starts. The Diamondbacks offense became yet again nonexistent. On one occasion they earned a hit on six tries with runners in scoring position, but lately that has been an ongoing issue. Combined the team has gone 3-for-32 with runners at least at second in their last five games, and they have alternated just scoring a run in their last six. Yes, even when they had solid wins on big hits, the Diamondbacks have relied on that kind of offense a bit too much.
Manager Chip Hale addressed the lack of offense last night, but has avoided the issue of producing any offense.
Things to note:
A.J. Burnett takes the mound in the late afternoon start. Burnett has faced similar faults with the Pirate offense, with three runs scored on his three starts.
If Arizona wants to bounce back, they have a chance against quality pitching. The Pirates boast a 2.89 ERA from their starting pitchers, which is third best in the majors.
Andrew McCutchen had an 0-for-3 night in the series opener, but career wise he is .338 against the Diamondbacks. Look for him to make a difference tonight as he is trying to pry out of a .189 slump.
Paul Goldschmidt loves hitting against Pittsburgh, but he is 0-for3 career wise against Burnett.
Where: Chase Field, Phoenix
When: 5:10 PM
TV/Radio: FSN Arizona/KTAR 620AM
Pitching Matchup: A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.00 ERA) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (2-1, 6.00 ERA)