Monday -- D-backs 8, Padres 4; Inciarte does it all in series opener. Tuesday -- Padres 5, D-backs 1; Despaigne stymies Arizona bats. Wednesday -- RHP Chase Anderson (1-0, 5.40) vs. RHP Brandon Morrow (0-0, 0.00), 5:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Second time's the charm?
The second go-round for the D-backs' starting pitchers didn't begin better than the first for Josh Collmenter. Rubby De La Rosa, Jeremy Hellickson and Chase Anderson had rough first outings, and D-backs manager Chip Hale said he'd like them to pitch within themselves -- not as though they're trying to prove something. Just getting through five innings unscathed would be enough the way the bullpen has supported the starters so far.
Managing the lineup
We'll see soon if Jake Lamb's hot start (.364 average, 7 RBI) continues. With so many right-handed pitchers on the upcoming schedule, expect left-handed hitters like Lamb and David Peralta to get starts and plenty of at-bats. That said, the squeeze of getting infielder Aaron Hill's bat in the mix at second could put Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed in and out of the lineup.
Justin case you didn't know
Outfielder Justin Upton is now two teams removed from his Diamondbacks days. He's doing well since he was shipped from Atlanta to San Diego, hitting .308 through seven games. He is one member of the Padres' new-look roster that includes 15 players who weren't on last year's teamr. They have put together an offense ranking in the top-third of MLB in a number of categories, including runs, hits, batting average and on-base percentage.
Bottom of the order blues
One of the bright spots in the series finale against Los Angeles was the production from the bottom of the order. Shortstop Nick Ahmed, batting eighth, recorded two hits after having one in the first five games, and Chris Owings snapped an 0-for-14 start to the year with a pinch hit. Sixth- and seventh-hole batters Tuffy Gosewisch and Cliff Pennington also recorded a hit each on Sunday. Can they continue to add to the offense?