Thursday -- D-Backs 4, Reds 0; Collmenter shuts out Cincinnati. Friday -- Reds 6, D-Backs 4. Ex-mates get best of Arroyo. Saturday -- Reds 5, D-Backs 0. Bats silenced by Cueto. Sunday -- LHP Wade Miley (3-5, 4.76) vs. RHP Alfredo Simon (6-3, 2.90), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
After losing their first six series at Chase Field this season, the D-backs have now won two in a row. A four-game set with the Reds offers the D-backs another opportunity to continue climbing back toward respectability after a brutal start. While the Reds have gotten some nice individual performances, they've underachieved so far under first-year manager Bryan Price. The Reds, a wild-card playoff team last year, sit third in the NL Central and have lost six of their last 10.
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After another slow start to the season, Martin Prado is on another one of his patented hot streaks right now. Over his last eight games, Prado is batting .370 (10 for 27) with a double, a triple, two home runs and eight RBI. For his career, Prado is 11 for 32 (.344) with 6 RBI and two home runs against the four starters the D-backs will see in this series, including 5 for 14 against Johnny Cueto.
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Johnny on the spot
D-backs hitters will face one of baseball's hottest pitchers Saturday in Johnny Cueto. Cueto's 4-4 record belies his stellar start, but his 1.83 ERA -- fourth best in the majors -- does not. Cueto has already thrown two complete game shutouts this season and has failed to go at least seven innings just twice -- his last two starts. He has allowed more than two earned runs once in 11 starts. In four career starts at Chase Field, Cueto is 2-1 with a 5.01 ERA.
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D-backs starter Bronson Arroyo takes the mound against his former team for the first time Friday. After eight seasons with the Reds, Arroyo joined the D-backs early in spring training this year. While major league pitchers and position players don't typically get too close because of instances like this when they might face each other later, there should be some familiarity for both Arroyo and Reds hitters.