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Sorry, but felt I had to with that title. The fight for the NL West 3rd Place is on. This weekend the Dbacks will travel to beautiful San Diego for a weekend series against the Padres. Only 1.5 games separate the 3rd place Diamondbacks and the 4th place Padres. After the series is done and over with, one team will be closer to disrupting the NL West hierarchy, while the other will be closer to taking residence in the NL West cellar.
Arizona (35-37) is coming off a disappointing series loss in Denver. The Dbacks lost 2 of 3 games to the Rockies. San Diego (35-40) is coming off a series loss of their own. After winning their series opener against San Francisco, the Padres were smacked around in the following two games by the Giants. The Dbacks are currently 5 games back from 1st place while the Padres are 6.5 games back.
This is series is a potential momentum shift for Arizona. So let’s get reacquainted.
- Ray vs Padres (2015) 0-1, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 7 K
- Ross vs Dbacks (2015) 1-0, 15.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 15 K
- Hellickson vs Padres (2015) 1-1, 17.1 IP, 21 H, 12 ER, 16 K
- Cashner vs Dbacks (2015) 0-3, 17.0 IP, 15 H, 5 ER, 20 K
- Anderson vs Padres (2015) 0-0, 13.0 IP, 13 H, 3 ER, 7 K
- Despaigne vs Dbacks (2015) 1-1, 12.0 IP, 12 H, 9 ER, 4 K
San Diego’s Finest
Jun 23, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Justin Upton (10) reacts after striking out against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Season .273 AVG, 42 R, 13 HR, 43 RBI, 15 SB
- vs Dbacks (2015) .308 AVG, 7 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB
- vs Ray (2015) 0-for-3 (2 K)
- vs Hellickson (2015) 3-for-8, 2 R, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI
- vs Anderson (2015) 2-for-6, R
Jun 23, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Matt Kemp (27) reacts after striking out against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Season .240 AVG, 37 R, 4 HR, 36 RBI, 7 SB
- vs Dbacks (2015) .184 AVG, 4 R, 6 RBI
- vs Ray (2015) 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B
- vs Hellickson (2015) 3-for-9, R, 3B, 3 RBI
- vs Anderson (2015) 0-for-4, 2 RBI
Jun 18, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Derek Norris (3) rounds the bases on a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Season .247 AVG, 37 R, 9 HR, 41 RBI, SB
- vs Dbacks (2015) .179 AVG, R, HR, 3 RBI, SB
- vs Ray (2015) 1-for-3, R, HR, RBI
- vs Hellickson (2015) 1-for-9, 2B, RBI
- vs Anderson (2015) 2-for-6, SB