After putting together a much-needed series win against the Marlins this weekend, Peter O’Brien and company look to continue this trend and turn this homestand into a season-changer as they begin a three-game set against the Dodgers.
If the Diamondbacks are going to turn their season around, a big winning streak is going to be necessary– and it’s going to have come at Chase Field. Grabbing three games against an inconsistent Dodgers team would be huge.
The NL West was supposed to be a three-team battle for the mountain top, and only one, the San Francisco Giants has looked like a contender.
The Dodgers are loaded with proven veterans and young talent in their lineup, but they have only scored the 18th most runs in baseball. Howie Kendrick, Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, and Justin Turner have all gone through prolonged slumps this year, which is concerning for L.A.
The Dodgers wouldn’t be just four games back of the Giants coming into Sunday night’s action if it weren’t for the efforts of Trayce Thompson. Since the start of June, Thompson is hitting .313 with thee home runs, four RBI and seven while getting on base at a .486 clip.
The Dodgers’ rotation other than Clayton Kershaw has struggled to find consistency and the bullpen has struggled to hold leads, but both are improving and have ERA’s in the three’s.