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Diamondbacks series preview: Looking for a better story against the Rockies

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Robbie Ray (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Robbie Ray (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
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Apr 28, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann (10) slaps hands with Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Brandon Drury (27) after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann (10) slaps hands with Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Brandon Drury (27) after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Tale of the Tape:

Record: Rockies (9-12) Diamondbacks (12-12)

Offense: Rockies: (.272/.334/.485, 6th in N.L. in runs scored, Diamondbacks (.267/.327/.473, 118, tied for 4th in N.L. in runs scored.

Team ERA: Rockies (5.93 ERA, 15th in N.L., Diamondbacks (4.73 ERA, 10th in N.L.)

If you like pitcher’s duels don’t watch this series– because that is not what these two teams are about. Coming into this series, Chase Field has a home run park factor of 2.054, which is first in the majors ahead of Miller Park in Milwaukee and Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Diamondbacks have hit more home runs than any other team in the National League, while the Rockies are second.

Trevor Story, who got his big league career started against the Diamondbacks in the Opening Series, hit .333 with eight home runs in his first nine games, setting major league records and making a name for himself. In his last nine games, he is hitting .146 with just one home run. Guess he won’t be hitting 100 home runs this season.

Nolan Arenado and Story are tied with Bryce Harper for the National League lead in home runs with nine. Arenado is third in the league with 20 RBI behind Harper and Anthony Rizzo.

Expect a lot of runs, and in particular home runs to be scored by both teams in this series. Which team outslugs the other will likely win this series.

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