The D-backs are 8-2 so far in June. Is that good? I think so. To finish out the month they will play 9 home games, and 8 road games for a total of 17 contests in 18 days. Busy busy busy.
Things certainly won’t be easy either. After winning a thriller last night, Arizona still has to play the reigning NL champs (Phillies) 3 more times.
Despite Philadelphia being under .500, everyone that is familiar with baseball knows they have underperformed, and their potential is the moon with the potent lineup that they possess.
After finishing the 4-game set with the Phils, the Diamondbacks will host the Cleveland Guardians who like the Phillies, have underperformed.
The Guardians are 31-34 and boast the 5th best pitching staff in all of baseball. On the flip side of that, the Guardians offense is embarrassing, ranking 4th worst in baseball when it comes to runs per game.
After the 7-game homestand, Arizona will travel to Milwaukee to play 3 against the Brew Crew. The Brewers are 34-32 and have lost 4 in a row.
Statistically, Milwaukee is not a dangerous team, but they seemingly find unique ways to win. Don’t be surprised if their luck starts to run out, and another NL Central team takes over the division.
(On June 22nd, the D-backs and Nationals will make up their game that was postponed on June 8th).
Following the series with the Brewers, the Snakes will travel back west to take on the Giants. The Giants are 2 games over .500 and have really found their footing over the past month. After a rough start to the season, the Giants are 18-12 in their last 30 games, and impressively, they have a top-10 offense and a top-10 pitching staff.
After 3 in San Fran, the Diamondbacks will travel back home for their most important series of the season. Currently, the D-backs hold the best record in the NL; currently, the Rays hold the best record in the AL. These two Titans will battle June 27-29. Get your popcorn ready.
No doubt about it, the Rays have been the best team in the league this season. Their record (48-21) is no fluke. Their offense is 2nd in the league in runs per game and their pitching staff is 3rd in ERA. Their ace Shane McClanahan is 10-1 with a 2.18 ERA. Unreal.
To finish out the month, the D-backs will travel to Anaheim to square off against the revamped Angels (37-31 record currently).
This should be a fun rest of the month of baseball for Arizona. If I were you, I would be buying tickets right now for the Rays series!