Dodgers at Diamondbacks: 5 Players to Watch

By Thomas Lynch
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Jun 6, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler (29) pitches against the New York Mets during the ninth inning at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks open up a seven game home stand with three contests against the Los Angeles Dodgers. At 36-39, the D’backs are six games behind the first place Dodgers who are 43-34. The two teams last met on June 8th-June 10th in LA with Arizona getting swept. The Snakes are 2-7 vs. LA in 2015, easily their worst mark against any opponent unless you count the 0-6 mark vs. Team Pennsylvania, the Phillies and the Pirates.

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If the D’backs are to make some kind of playoff push, this series is critical. The Dodgers are only 14-14 in June and have split their last ten games. In addition, they will not see the two best LA pitchers, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. For more on the starting pitcher matchups, check out my colleague Guillermo Salcido’s post here. If there was ever a time to take two out of three from the rivals that torment them the most, this would be it. Here are five players to watch this series.