Wednesday: LHP Matt Boyd (2-2, 3.78 ERA) vs. RHP Zack Godley (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
For the second time in as many starts, Ray will face a former team. The Washington Nationals originally drafted the Diamondbacks southpaw in 2010. Ray started against the Nats May 3 and gave up two earned runs. In 2013, Ray was dealt to the Detroit Tigers and the left-hander will make his first career start against the team from the Motor City. Ray is 4-5 with a 4.40 ERA in 11 career interleague outings. In 2016, he was 1-3 with a 6.39 ERA against the junior circuit.
If the Diamondbacks offense is going to get back on track and give Ray run support, they will have to do it against the 2011 AL MVP and CY Young Award winner, Justin Verlander. Last season, Verlander fell short of his second career CY Young Award, finishing second to Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox.
Verlander dealt with pitch-tipping issues and fastball command in April but has rounded into form. The right-hander has thrown seven innings in each of his last two starts and beat the Indians last time out. Despite picking up the win, he walked four batters. Verlander is 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA in two career starts against the Diamondbacks. In his only career start at Chase Field on July 21, 2014, Verlander gave up three runs in 6.2 innings. Chris Iannetta has 12 at-bats logged for his career against Verlander. Iannetta spent time in the American League but has a .167 career average. off the Tigers starter.
In his only career start at Chase Field on July 21, 2014, Verlander gave up three runs in 6.2 innings. Chris Iannetta has 12 at-bats logged for his career against Verlander. Iannetta spent time in the American League but has a .167 career average. off the Tigers starter. Chris Herrmann does have three hits in six at-bats with a RBI. Herrmann was in the AL with the Minnesota Twins.
After Braden Shipley struggled in Washington, Zack Godley will make his second start. The right-hander will try and convince the coaching staff and front office he is the man to fill Shelby Miller‘s spot in the rotation. Godley allowed two runs in five innings and struck out six in his first start against the San Diego Padres on April 26. Justin Upton is the only Tiger hitter that has faced Godley. In two career at-bats, he has a hit.
Boyd has pitched deep in his last two starts. The right-hander logged 14 and two-thirds innings but did not get enough run support. Boyd has never faced the Diamondbacks and no current Diamondback has any experience against him. For his pitch mix, Boyd relies on a four-seam fastball, sinker and changeup but can also throw a curveball, cutter and slider.