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Series Preview: Aces Square Off As Giants Come to Town

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Apr 18, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Jean Segura (2) slides safely under the throw to San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) in the first inning of the MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Jean Segura (2) slides safely under the throw to San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) in the first inning of the MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
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The production of Welington Castillo and Jean Segura doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. That being said, it’s fair to assume that they will continue their torrid pace of hitting. Yasmany Tomás is batting .583 in the past seven games, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can keep up his offensive production as he is beginning to finally hit his stride in the big leagues. Chris Herrmann has also been raking of late, so we might see an increase in playing time for the typical backup catcher and right fielder.

Despite Arizona’s recent offensive success, I don’t think they’re a playoff team without Paul Goldschimdt and Shelby Miller playing like themselves. Goldschmidt has struck out ten times in the past seven games, leading the team during that time span. He’s put up an uncharacteristically low batting average of .240 to date. Miller, on the other hand, is coming off a relatively strong start in his last outing against his former team. He earned the win after allowing two runs in six innings that game, so things may be looking up for the youngster against a team that he’s dominated his whole career.

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