Game Three: Robbie Ray vs. Luis Perdomo
Sunday is Ray Day. Robbie Ray will look to continue his dominance on the mound during a career season. With a 2.84 season ERA, Ray has also earned 184 strikeouts, including 14 against the Dodgers in his last outing.
He spent some time on the DL after being hit in the head by a line drive, but since he returned, he is 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA. In fact, Ray could be moving up the line to be the dark horse candidate for the NL Cy Young award, behind Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer and teammate Zack Greinke.
Ray will face Luis Perdomo. Perdomo has the best ground-out rate in the Majors, but still owns a 4.62 ERA.
Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb are batting a combined .442 against Perdomo with three home runs and 10 RBI.
For the Padres, Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers have the most experience with Ray, but hold a combined .150 average against him.
Without jinxing the team, the Diamondbacks are red-hot and it should continue through the weekend.
The starters are staying in games and striking out batters at an impressive rate, while the offense is just hot enough to provide the support they need. This series should see a higher run rate than the last two games against the Dodgers.
But, probably the most secure part of the team has been Fernando Rodney. Rodney has 36 saves this season, but hopefully with the way the offense performs at home, he can get some much-needed rest this weekend before facing the Rockies.
Much to Archie Bradley’s approval, the attendance should be a season-high with no Dodger-blue in sight.
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