Friday -- D-backs 2, Padres 1; McCarthy dominates for rare win. Saturday -- D-backs 3, Padres 1; Montero powers Arizona out of last place. Sunday -- RHP Mike Bolsinger (1-3, 4.78) vs. RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (1-0, 0.00), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Movin' on up?
The D-backs this weekend have the chance to move out of last place for the first time all season. They'd need a sweep to do so, and it could provide a nice boost at the start of a nine-game road trip. The Padres will look for a bounce-back effort, which sounds strange for a team that just took a series from the Giants, but the finale was Tim Lincecum's second no-hitter of the Padres in less than a year.
In search of a 'W'
It hasn't quite been two months since Brandon McCarthy's last win, but it sure seems like an eternity. McCarthy registered his lone win of the season May 3 with seven shutout innings against the Padres. While wins and losses don't always tell the story of a pitcher's season, the D-backs' 2-14 record in McCarthy's starts is telling. McCarthy has two quality starts in his last six but has given up an average of 4.3 runs per game in that stretch, with a 6.69 ERA.
The D-backs should be in a better spot than they were in Wednesday's series finale with the Indians. That game followed the previous night's 14-inning marathon, which taxed the team's bullpen and left players looking drained. Thursday's off day gave the D-backs a blow, and call-up Zeke Spruill's four innings on Wednesday let the bullpen rest two days. Spruill's stay only lasted a game though, as the D-backs sent him out Thursday and called up 1B/OF Nick Evans on Friday.
Despaigne's second act
It's hard to have a much better big-league debut than Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne did Tuesday, and he gets his shot at an encore against the D-backs. The 27-year-old Cuban defector tossed seven scoreless innings and gave up four hits and no walks to the Giants, who couldn't figure out the Cuban defector. The D-backs face the same challenge Sunday, but they at least have some video to go on as they try to overcome Despaigne's impressive arsenal.