Tuesday: Rangers 7, D-backs 1; Fielder powers Texas in series opener. Wednesday: RHP Archie Bradley (1-0, 1.42) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 3.45), 6 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Good as Gold-y
After two weeks in which he hit .313, Paul Goldschmidt leads the NL with 15 RBI and is tied for the league lead with five homers. He picked up exactly where he left before suffering a season-ending fractured hand when he was hit by a pitch Aug. 1. Goldschmidt was leading the NL with 39 doubles when he went down, and he was coming off a July in which he slashed .315/.418/.587 with 11 doubles, four homers and 16 RBI.
Bradley sees another ace
Archie Bradley's first two major league starts could not have been much better. He outpitched defending Clayton Kershaw to win his major league debut April 11 and did the same against Madison Bumgarner last week, though he did not get a decision when the bullpen lost a late lead. Next up: five-time double-digit winner Yovani Gallardo, who signed with Texas in the offseason.
Starters stepping up
Since Bradley's debut, D-backs starters have pitched well. Call it the tag-team effect. Everyone wants to carry the success forward. Each of the five starters made at least one quality start in the last two turns through, and the group's ERA (3.07) and WHIP (1.22) in that stretch are quite a bit above the league average. The starters have gone fewer than six innings once and have given up more than three runs twice.
The Rangers last season were the only team to lose more player-games to injury than the D-backs, and they already took another hit this season when expected Nos. 1-2 starters Yu Darvish and Derek Holland suffered arm injuries. Darvish is expected to miss the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and Holland is on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain. At least first baseman Cecil Fielder (.385) is back after playing just 42 games last year.