After a nine-game road trip on which they went 4-5, the D-backs return home but barely have time to catch their breath before heading back out on the road. The D-backs host the Marlins for three games and then close the first half of the season in San Francisco. The Marlins comes to Arizona having won four of their last five games, but an 11-16 June made them look less like contenders than they did early in the season.
After a hot start to his big-league career, D-backs starter Chase Anderson remains marred in a losing streak that nearly matches the five-game winning streak that accompanied his arrival. Over his last four starts, all losses, Anderson has a 5.03 ERA. The 26-year-old didn't pitched terribly in the four starts, but managed only one quality start in the stretch and last time out lasted just 3-2/3 innings. He'll try to get things turned around in Monday's series opener.
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The new guy
Acquired Sunday in the trade that sent Brandon McCarthy to the Yankees, Vidal Nuno will make his D-backs debut Tuesday. The 26-year-old lefty will become the 11th rookie to play for the D-backs this season and the 10th pitcher to make a start. Nuno has made 17 big league starts, going 3-6 with a 4.37 ERA. He struggled in an expanded role with the Yankees this year but could benefit from a change in scenery. His arsenal includes a high-80s fastball, a slider, a curveball and a change-up.
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More moves coming?
The D-backs already were aggressive in the trade market, making two moves over the weekend that saw McCarthy and reliever Joe Thatcher jettisoned from the big-league club. Those moves, both salary savers, likely were just the beginning. The D-backs, 16 games under .500 despite a franchise-record payroll, are sure to at least continue to entertain offers. Likely targets include veteran infielders Martin Prado and Aaron Hill, outfielder Gerardo Parra and left-handed reliever Oliver Perez.
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Giancarlo Stanton is doing as he tends to do -- he's hitting .308 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI entering the series -- but third baseman Casey McGehee has been the story of the season in Miami. After being demoted to Triple-A by the Yankees in 2012, McGehee found a home in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league. The Marlins lured him back this season, and he has made them look brilliant, hitting .320 with 20 doubles and 53 RBI.