In a clash of National League West rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks will take on the San Diego Padres at Chase Field in Phoenix. Both teams are vying for the top spot in the division, making this game crucial for their playoff aspirations. The Diamondbacks currently hold the upper hand with a record of 57-59, sitting third in the division, while the Padres are close behind at 56-60 in fourth place.
Diamondbacks vs Padres: Battle for West Division Supremacy
The starting pitchers will play a key role in determining the outcome of the game. Zac Gallen will take the mound for the Diamondbacks, boasting an impressive 11-5 record and a 3.36 ERA. On the other side, Rich Hill will be tasked with leading the Padres to victory. Although, he has struggled this season with a 7-11 record and a 5.09 ERA. Both pitchers will be looking to bounce back and give their team a chance to win.
The Diamondbacks have had a challenging stretch recently, winning only one of their last ten games. They will be eager to turn their fortunes around and gain ground in the division standings. On the other hand, the Padres have managed to win four of their last ten games and are heading into this matchup with some momentum, hoping to close the gap between them and the Diamondbacks.
The game is scheduled for August 12th at 5:10 PM local time in Phoenix, Arizona. Fans can catch the action on ARID. It promises to be an exciting showdown between these division rivals, with both teams desperate for a win to solidify their position in the highly competitive National League West.
Keep an Eye Out For:
– Ketel Marte’s Bat: The Diamondbacks’ second baseman, Marte, has been a consistent performer at the plate, boasting a batting average of .284. Look for him to make an impact and spark the Diamondbacks’ offense.
– Power from Christian Walker: As the team’s first baseman, Walker leads the Diamondbacks in home runs with 23. He has the ability to change the game with one swing of the bat and can be a difference-maker in this matchup.
– Juan Soto’s Presence: For the Padres, left fielder Juan Soto has been a force to be reckoned with. He leads the team in both home runs (24) and runs batted in (75). Soto’s offensive prowess could be a determining factor in the outcome of the game.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Gabriel Moreno (C, Shoulder, D10), Mark Melancon (RP, Shoulder, D60), Merrill Kelly (SP, Leg, Day-to-Day), Evan Longoria (3B, Back, D10), Corbin Martin (RP, Lat, D60), Austin Adams (RP, Ankle, D60), Tommy Henry (SP, Elbow, D15), Drey Jameson (RP, Elbow, D60), Zach Davies (SP, Back, D15).
San Diego Padres: Drew Pomeranz (RP, Elbow/Flexor, D60), Adrian Morejon (RP, Knee, D15), Alek Jacob (RP, Elbow, D15), Drew Carlton (RP, Elbow, D15), Joe Musgrove (SP, Shoulder, D15), Michael Wacha (SP, Shoulder, D15), Tim Hill (RP, Finger, D15), Reiss Knehr (RP, Elbow, D60).
Main photo credits:
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Zac Gallen, Rich Hill, Ketel Marte, Christian Walker, Juan Soto, Gabriel Moreno, Mark Melancon, Merrill Kelly, Evan Longoria, Corbin Martin, Austin Adams, Tommy Henry, Drey Jameson, Zach Davies, Drew Pomeranz, Adrian Morejon, Alek Jacob, Drew Carlton, Joe Musgrove, Michael Wacha, Tim Hill, Reiss Knehr