Game 2: LHP Robbie Ray (0-0, 4.76 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 10.13 ERA)
Just like Walker and Moore on Monday, Robbie Ray and Jeff Samardzija will match up again for the second time in as many starts, this time in San Francisco.
Ray was above-average in his 2017 debut. The left-hander did a nice job of mixing up his pitches in the early innings, not relying on first pitch fastballs to get ahead. While he struck out six, he also induced plenty of ground balls.
Ray, who owns a 3.90 ERA in five career starts against the Giants, might have to throw more fastballs early in counts the first time through the order. San Francisco hitters could sit on his secondary pitches, based on the pattern Ray set last week.
The Diamondbacks would love for Robbie to get through the sixth inning. Ray seemed to tire and could not record the final out. He was more efficient compared to 2016, but Ray could use his change-up more early to generate more ground balls.
If he can command his fastball on the outside corner and throw his slider for strikes behind in the count and as a strikeout pitch, Ray should pitch well.
Samardzija looked more like Ray in his 2017 debut. He struck out nine batters over 5.1 innings, but the second time and third time through the order bit him. The right-hander started to make mistakes over the heart of the plate, and Diamondback hitters made him pay, hitting three home runs.
Look for Samardzija to make adjustments so the Diamondbacks can’t sit on his fastball later in his outing. He faced the Diamondbacks three times last season and compiled a 2.90 ERA.