Tuesday -- Royals 12, D-backs 2. Miley struggles in blowout. Wednesday -- Roylas 4, D-backs 3; Moustakas dooms D-backs. Thursday -- RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-9, 4.50) vs. LHP VIdal Nuno (0-2. 3.07), 6 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton is the probably the consensus National League rookie of the year at this point, but David Peralta could make a run at it before the season is over. Peralta, who set a franchise record with 60 hits in his first 50 games, is likely to build on those numbers with every-day time the final two months. His WAR is 1.1, a high number for a player who has been in the majors only two months.
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Royals hanging tough
The Royals have won nine of their last 12 games and are 1 1/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot, with a largely unheralded pitching staff leading the way. They are tied for second in the AL in quality starts (63) and are third in ERA (3.66). Shortening games has been a forte. Setup man Wade Davis is second in the AL with 21 holds and closer Greg Holland leads the AL with 31 saves. Both have fastballs in the mid-90 mph range.
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If there is any positive from the season-ending injury to Paul Goldschmidt, it is that the D-backs will have more of a chance to evaluate David Peralta, Ender Inciarte and Jordan Pacheco and others. Mark Trumbo figures to play a lot of first base, so Peralta and Inciarte could continue to play virtually every day, even after A.J. Pollock returns, probably next week. Pacheco will be used at first and third.
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D-backs starting pitchers are on a nice run. The starters have a 2.05 ERA in their last eight games, and Chase Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Vidal Nuno have two quality starts apiece in that stretch. Miley, who will start the series opener Tuesday, threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings his last time out. Anderson has kept improving since his promotion in early May, and Cahill has issued only one walk in his last three games, doing wonders for his confidence.