After failing to earn a series win in five straight series, the Arizona Diamondbacks look to find solid ground against the New York Mets.
The Arizona Diamondbacks (67-57) are in Queens to face the New York Mets in a four-game series.
After struggling since the All-Star break, the team needs to win now more than ever. They have fallen a game behind the Colorado Rockies, while holding a 2.5 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card.
Following the series, the team will return to Chase Field to begin a number of divisional matchups.
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Taijuan Walker vs. Robert Gsellman
But, first Taijuan Walker will take the mound in attempt to regain something he’s lost. Walker hasn’t earned a win in nine straight starts.
Walker (3.83 ERA) will start against Robert Gsellman (5.98 ERA).
The Mets are not contenders as they sit in fourth place in the National League East, 20 games behind the Washington Nationals.
Patrick Corbin vs. Pitcher TBD
Patrick Corbin will look to continue his hot streak. Corbin’s last two starts have included over 15 innings of shutout baseball. His last start was almost a complete game, cut short by one out.
Corbin (4.25 ERA) has struggled this season, earning 10 wins and 11 losses.
The Mets have yet to announce their starter.
Zack Godley vs. Chris Flexen
Zack Godley will take the mound in game three and try to get back to the win column. His last start was a combination strikeouts and homeruns that led to a loss.
His ERA climbed a little to 3.13 in that start against the Houston Astros.
Godley faces Chris Flexen, who has struggled to complete five full innings and owns a 6.55 ERA.
Robbie Ray vs. Rafael Montero
In a much anticipated return, Robbie Ray will take the mound for the first time in almost a month.
Ray’s return couldn’t be more timely, as the Diamondbacks need the morale boost and the strikeouts he will undoubtedly provide.
Ray will face Rafael Montero, who is coming off of two quality starts, but still holds a 5.47 ERA across eight losses.
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Regardless of the pitching matchups, the Diamondbacks will need to bring the offense. They might be leading the league in extra-base hits, but the team fails with runners in scoring position.
The team will need a series win, if not a sweep, to fight off the Brewers and the Rockies.