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Diamondbacks series preview: Go east, young man

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Jun 13, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) turns a double play on Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (22) during the eighth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) turns a double play on Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (22) during the eighth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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Tale of the Tape

Record: Phillies (30-36), Diamondbacks (29-39)

Batting: Phillies (.229/.284/.367, last in NL in runs), Diamondbacks (.263/.324/.428, sixth in NL in runs)

Pitching: Phillies (4.17 ERA, eighth in NL), Diamondbacks (4.63 ERA, 13th in NL)

We’re now about a month away from the All-Star break, and neither of these teams seem playoff bound. The Phils have been objectively pathetic on both sides of the ball this year. They haven’t been able to hit very much at all, averaging just 3.24 runs per game in 2016, good for 29th in the majors.

It’s a different story for the Diamondbacks. The offense has been working well this year, especially now that Paul Goldschmidt is returning to form. But the pitching just can’t find its stride. Yes, Zack Greinke has improved dramatically since the season’s start, but there isn’t much to write home about otherwise.

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