Arizona Diamondbacks Game Notes: Keep It Going Rubby!
By Joseph Jacquez
Rubby De La Rosa takes the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks later today looking to continue his great second half roll and lead the D-backs to a second straight win against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
What: Diamondbacks @ Reds
When: 4:10 p.m. MT
Where: Great American Ball Park
TV/Radio: FSAZ/MLB.TV/ESPN Phoenix (620 AM)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Rubby De La Rosa (10-5 4.40 ERA) vs. LHP David Holmberg (1-2 5.95 ERA)
For more on today’s pitching matchup click here.
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News and Notes:
- The Diamondbacks are 15-10 in their last 24 games, and currently occupy the third spot in the N.L. West at 59-61, a half game ahead of the Padres.
- Rubby De La Rosa is on a roll as of late. He is unbeaten in his last 6 starts going 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA (11 ER in 39.0 innings pitched). It seems like De La Rosa has finally put everything together.
- According to Brooks Baseball, De La Rosa used 32 sliders in his last start against the Braves. That pitch generates an extreme rate of ground balls. His 53.94 GB% is 15th in all of baseball.
- According to Nick Piecoro of azcentral sports, Chip Hale was going to start David Peralta and Jake Lamb today but he changed his mind overnight.
- In Lamb’s case, he is batting .214 against lefties this season, but Lamb isn’t going to get better if he doesn’t see more southpaws. Chris Owings is rolling as of late, so it makes sense to keep him in the lineup.
- Peralta has been one of the top hitters in baseball since June 23rd and he is hitting over .280 this season against lefties. Why Hale would take Peralta out of the cleanup hole doesn’t make sense.
- D-backs relievers threw seven scoreless innings of relief last night. It was the third time in team history that at least seven scoreless frames were recorded. The other occasions came on August 10th, 1999 at the Cubs (8.0), and on July 18th at the Padres (7.0).
- A.J. Pollock joined Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies last night as players with at least 10 doubles, 20 home runs, and 30 stolen bases.
- Each of the last eight contests between the Diamondbacks and the Reds has been decided by three runs or less.
- D-backs pitchers have posted a 2.39 ERA and a .229 BAA in their last eight games at Great American Ball Park. Starters own a 2.83 ERA, and relievers have a 1.77 ERA.
- A.J. Pollock has hit safely in eight straight games against the Reds with a .393 average.