The D-backs (18-16) have lost seven of their last 10 and matched their season-high with a three-game losing streak with Tuesday's 7-3 loss to Detroit.
They've scored just six runs in the three losses and 30 in the past 10 games. That's dropped them to dropped to 12th in the majors with an average of 4.8 runs per game.
Matt Boyd should be a less-intimidating matchup than Tuesday starter Justin Verlander, but the recent struggles haven't been limited to ace-caliber opposition. They were shut down in Colorado by Tyler Anderson and Tyler Chadwick, managing just 10 hits in the two losses.
Godley will make his second start of the year at the major-league level. He gave up four hits and two runs in five innings against the San Diego Padres on April 26. He and Braden Shipley have both had one-start auditions for the fifth spot in the rotation that was vacated when Shelby Miller was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Godley was 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four appearances at Reno this season. He last pitched on May 2, giving up two hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight but walked five for the second time this season. It's yet to be seen whether he's up for an extend stay, or the D-backs will continue to yo-yo pitchers up and down.
"Good performances earn extra moments," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "Out of fairness to some of the call-ups, it would be nice to see what they could do over two turns. We're hoping it trends in that direction.
"We like what Zack did the last time he was here, and we're optimistic that will take place again. He's thrown the ball in Reno very well and deserves this opportunity."
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Tigers starting pitcher Matt Boyd (2-2, 3.78 ERA)
Boyd gave up three runs and five hits in a season-high 7 2/3 innings in his last start, a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on May 3. He is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in three road starts.
Boyd, who throws a changeup more than 25 percent of the time, has walked 16 in 33 1/3 innings, so the D-backs might want to be patient in their approach against him.
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Struggling against lefties
The D-backs are hitting just .237 against left-handers this season with a slugging percentage of .386 (compared with .264/.435 vs. righties).
Left-handed hitters David Peralta (.200) and Jake Lamb (.171) have had their troubles, but the right-handed bats have struggled as well. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .229 against lefties with one of his seven home runs, Brandon Drury is hitting .237, and Yasmany Tomas is hitting .189 with one of his five home runs.
Peralta is 0 for 14 since returning from a bout of the flu and could be due for a night off. Drury also missed time last week to illness, but he hit the ball hard on Tuesday night, with a pair of doubles to show for it -- raising his average to .305. He's hitting .436 at Chase Field.