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Series preview: D-Backs cross the border

By Matthew Rzodkiewicz
Jun 18, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (R) is congratulated by catcher Welington Castillo (L) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (R) is congratulated by catcher Welington Castillo (L) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tale of the Tape:

Batting: Diamondbacks (.265/.325/.437, 13th in MLB in runs), Blue Jays (.245/.326/.435, 6th in MLB in runs)

Pitching: Diamondbacks (4.48 ERA, 23rd in MLB), Blue Jays (3.88 ERA, 8th in MLB)

The Jays sit at third in a competitive AL East, looking up at the Orioles and Red Sox. While their .542 winning percentage, 3.88 Team ERA, and 4.7 runs per game are all good numbers, Toronto’s production is nonetheless worse than it was last year. Many speculate the difference maker this year in comparison to their division championship last year, however, is the lack of farm-system talent the Jays have to pull out a David Price-type hero at the trade deadline (Which is probably necessary given the abysmal season Marcus Stroman has had, working to a 5.23 ERA).

Aging, expensive veterans round out the rest of Toronto’s problems. Troy Tulowitzki, fresh of the DL, is hitting .206. Toronto offensive staples Josh Donaldson

, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jose Bautista have combined to hit 50 homers thus far this season, However, their combined .254 batting average is a major reason the team has not been able to beat out Baltimore and Boston this year.

The Diamondbacks’ offense and pitching were both impressive of late. The Phillies were unable to scratch across more than two runs in any game in their last series—a testament to the dominant outings put forth by the starting pitchers, including Shelby Miller and Archie Bradley. The offense was no less dominant—Jake Lamb, Jean Segura, and Paul Goldschmidt have combined to hit .402 over their last seven games, with 5 homers with 11 RBI.

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