Monday -- Postponed. Tuesday -- Postponed. Wednesday -- Game 1: D-backs 13, Rockies 7; Hill powers D-backs in opener. Game 2: LHP Robbie Ray (N/A) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (2-2, 4.25), 4 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Ray the replacement
As Archie Bradley recovers from his sinus fracture on the disabled list, left-handed replacement Robbie Ray will get his first opportunity to show why the Diamondbacks coveted him from Detroit in a three-team trade that also shipped Didi Gregorius to the Yankees. With Triple-A Reno so far, Ray has been one of the best strikeout pitchers in the minors with 35 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings.
Stop the pressing
Manager Chip Hale believes the Diamondbacks batters will get it together, but it's a matter of when. In their last series against the Dodgers, Arizona's offense was shut out twice, and Hale believes his players may be pressing. They went 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position during the three-game sweep in Los Angeles and 0-for-12 in the two shutouts.
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Hill getting comfortable?
Aaron Hill may have found his rhythm. His D-backs teammates began pressing at the plate recently, but the Hill enters the series against Colorado on a four-game hitting streak, a step forward considering he'd been a funk with inconsistent at-bats. He's still splitting time with Yasmany Tomas at third and pinch hitting in other games, and it's perhaps a sign he's finally getting comfortable in this role.
Rocky of late
Arizona sits at the bottom of the NL West but isn't alone in its recent struggles. Colorado has lost 11 of its last 15 -- those four wins in five games are bracketed between two five-game losing streaks over that stretch. Carlos Gonzalez, the second-highest paid player on the Rockies at $16 million this year, is hitting .200, while the team's highest-paid pitcher, Kyle Kendrick, who won't face the D-backs this series, has allowed 32 runs in his last 26 innings pitched.