Arizona Diamondbacks start homestand against San Francisco Giants

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 03: Paul Goldschmidt
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 03: Paul Goldschmidt /

The Arizona Diamondbacks have returned to Chase Field to begin a division-rival filled week of home games.

During Players Weekend, the Arizona Diamondbacks will face the San Francisco Giants in a three-game series.

When the teams faced off in early August, the Giants came away with a series win, only dropping the game against Anthony Banda. The Diamondbacks will be looking for different results this time around.

The Diamondbacks will send Zack Greinke, Taijuan Walker and Patrick Corbin to the mound under the names Greinke, Tai-Weezy and Corby. That’s right, it’s Players Weekend and the jerseys will feature nicknames, with the exception of Greinke’s.

Aside from the antics of the first-ever Players Weekend, Greinke will look to regain some momentum. In his last start, he gave up five runs to the Minnesota Twins en route to the team being swept.

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Greinke (3.16 ERA)  will face Ty Blach (4.59 ERA). The 32-year-old will be pitching on an extra day of rest, but has lost two games and earned one no decision in four August starts.

Meanwhile, Blach has given up 12 earned runs in his last two starts. The Giants (52-77) have the third worst record in baseball.

Taijuan Walker will start on Saturday. He is still looking for his first win since June 21. In his last ten starts, “Tai-Weezy” has taken four losses and six no decisions.

Walker will have his work cut out for him as he takes the mound against Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner has two wins in August, but took a no decision against the Phillies in his last outing. The Phillies are the worst team in baseball.

In Sunday’s afternoon game, Patrick Corbin will look to continue his hot streak. Despite having a rough first half, Corbin has pitched 23.1 innings in his last three starts, including pitching into the eighth-inning twice and only allowing one run.

Corbin will start against Chris Stratton. Stratton has also won his past two starts by holding his opponents scoreless. Sunday’s game is suiting up to be an unexpected pitcher’s duel.

The Diamondbacks offense will look to continue the success they had in their series win against the New York Mets.

The team earned 15 runs on 31 hits and 16 walks, including three extra-base hits and four home runs. They also stole four bases in the series and batted .294 with RISP.

A few Diamondbacks are looking to continue their recent success. J.D. Martinez has at least one RBI in four of his last five games, while Ketel Marte has gotten on base in 21 of his last 25 games.

"Patrick Corbin’s increasing velocity is saving the Arizona Diamondbacks"

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With their next 25 games coming up against NL West division rivals, the Diamondbacks will need to be firing on all cylinders if they hope to build on their half-game lead in the Wild Card race.