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Diamondbacks series preview: Weekend stint against the Padres

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September 22, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) hits a single in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
September 22, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) hits a single in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tale of the Tape: 

Record: Diamondbacks (3-7), Padres (3-7)

Offense: Diamondbacks (.252/.306/.435, 6th in NL in runs scored), Padres (.235/.291/.349, 7th in NL in runs scored)

Team ERA: Diamondbacks (5.63, 13th in NL), Padres (5.31, 12th in NL)

If the Padres keep pitching like this, the Diamondbacks will be able to take advantage of a subpar staff and score often. Unfortunately for Arizona, the inverse is true as well. The Padres’ lineup has enough talent to do serious damage, despite inconsistency.

On paper, the Diamondbacks’ staff is much better than the Padres. Greinke and Miller, the team’s two biggest offseason acquisitions, are both making starts in this series. We’ve seen the talent that Greinke (19-3, 1.66 ERA in 2015) and Miller (3.02 ERA in 2015) have, so they could easily shut down the Padres’ offense– if they pitch like they did last year.

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