Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder David Peralta. Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
If you decided to take a break from baseball for the last two weeks to focus on the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs, the National League West standings might shock you. Why? Well, the Diamondbacks have lost 13 of their last 14 games.
However, the Diamondbacks still sit only a half-game game back of the first-place Rockies. Luckily, Arizona plays in the NL West — because the Diamondbacks’ current 25-24 record would put them toward the bottom of both other National League divisions.
The Snakes will try to turn it around tonight in a road interleague game with the Athletics. Let’s take a closer look at what appears to be an excellent pitching matchup on paper.
Arizona Diamondbacks (+112) at Oakland Athletics (-132) | O/U: 7
Patrick Corbin (4-1, 2.60 ERA) vs. Sean Manaea (5-4, 2.71 ERA)
9:35 p.m. ET
Slumpin’ Snakes: The Diamondbacks started the season with a franchise-best 21-8 record. But the Snakes have won just one of 14 since May 8, when they held the best record in the National League at 24-11.
While their pitching hasn’t been as sharp, their offense has been the biggest culprit. During their current 1-13 stretch, the Diamondbacks have scored two or fewer runs in 11 of 14 games — including a total of five runs over their past four. They’ve only put up more than three runs once during this 1-13 stretch, in a 6-4 loss to the Nationals. — Stuckey