Chip Hale announced today that left-hander Robbie Ray will be on the mound when the Dbacks (42-44) open up the 2nd half of the season against the San Francisco Giants next Friday night at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks manager also announced that Jeremy Hellickson, Patrick Corbin, Rubby De La Rosa, and Chase Anderson will follow Ray in that order.
The series against the Giants will be critical. San Francisco is the team the Snakes are trying to catch in the standings for 2nd in the N.L. West. The Dbacks will also play the Marlins for 3 games, and the Brewers for 4 as part of a 10 game homestand.
By performance only, there isn’t another starter in the Diamondbacks rotation that deserves to get the ball after the all star festivities than Ray.
He is 3-4 with a 2.16 ERA, a 2.85 FIP, with 38 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 50.0 innings good for a 3.17 K/BB ratio.
Having 2 left handers in the rotation certainly helps the Dbacks change up their scouting report to opposing hitters, and with Corbin back, those 2 guys might end up being the Dbacks best starters come the end of season.
Ray struggled in Spring Training and was sent to Reno to regain his command of his fastball and his off-speed stuff.
Meanwhile Opening Day starter Josh Collmenter has gone in the opposite direction. He did really well in the Spring, and has struggled during the regular season and was recently demoted to the bullpen.
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Oh how things can chance when a team plays 162 games. Hale is trying to maximize the amount of rest for all the starters, and he wants to break up Anderson and Hellickson because the right-handers have similar styles when they pitch.
This order could change depending on the status of Hellickson’s blister that caused him to leave last Wednesdays game against the Rangers early.