Diamondbacks vs. Brewers, 4:30 p.m, FOX Sports Arizona
By Jack MagruderFOX Sports Arizona
D-backs (11-23) at Brewers (21-11)
Monday -- Brewers 8, D-backs 3. Today -- RHP Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.77) at RHP Marco Estrada (2-1, 3.13), 4:30 pm, FOX Sports Arizona. Wednesday -- RHP Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 6.03) at RHP Wily Peralta (4-1, 2.04), 10 am, no TV.
The Diamondbacks' starting rotation is beginning to settle in, the best sign that a turnaround has begun. Starters gave up only 11 earned runs in 33 innings in the last turn through the rotation (3.00 ERA) while winning three of five games. Bronson Arroyo and Brandon McCarthy had their best starts of the year back-to-back in San Diego, when their lines were identical -- seven innings, three hits, no runs, one walk, six strikeouts. Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel / USA TODAY Sports
Miguel Montero has embraced a return to the cleanup spot, from which he was so successful during D-backs' run to the NL West title in 2011. Montero is hitting .327 with four doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI since moving to No. 4 in the order on April 14. As a left-handed bat between Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill, he makes it more difficult for opposing managers to maneuver their bullpen. Photo: Joe Camporeale / USA TODAY Sports
A surprise brewin'
Milwaukee has the most victories (21) and best winning percentage (.656) in the majors. Ryan Braun (6 homers, 18 RBI) is on the DL, but the lineup remains dangerous, led by Carlos Gomez (7 homers). The real story, however, is pitching. Kyle Lohse and Wily Peralta have four wins apiece, the staff has a major league-high 25 quality starts and closer Francisco Rodriguez has a major league-best 14 saves and has not given up a run in 17 appearances. Photo: Jeff Curry / USA TODAY Sports
Brad Ziegler has become the primarly setup man in a bullpen that has begun to shake out with defined roles. Ziegler has made 14 consecutive scoreless appearances and has permitted only one of his five inherited runners to score after inducing a double play to get out a a two-on, no-out situation in the eighth inning in a 4-3 victory in San Diego on Saturday. Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel / USA TODAY Sports