The D-backs got their struggling offense on track Tuesday night against the Reds, pounding out nine extra-base hits (by nine different players) and scoring 11 runs to snap a 5-game losing streak. More offense is on the way -- as soon as today.
Slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez, acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Detroit Tigers, will be in a D-backs uniform tonight and batting fifth in the lineup, behind Paul Goldschmidt.
"We're real excited because we know what he's capable of," said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. "I've watched him for many years in the American League. He's a special bat. He'll fit right in. Excited to get him in there and get started."
Lovullo is trotting out a new lineup tonight, with David Peralta leading off, followed by A.J. Pollock, Jake Lamb, Goldschmidt and Martinez.
Greinke is 8-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 13 career starts against the Reds. He pitched seven shutout innings against them in Phoenix on July 7 in a 6-3 Arizona victory. Geinke hasn't pitched since then, other than one scoreless inning in the All-Star Game eight days ago.
Greinke gave up four hits, walked one in struck out seven in the July 7 victory. He's won his last three starts, giving up a total of 10 hits and three runs in 19 innings while striking out 20. All three of those wins were at Chase Field, where he's 9-0 on the season. The flip side is that he's 3-4 with a 3.57 ERA in seven road starts.
Joey Votto is 12 for 32 (.375) against Greinke with three home runs and five walks. Votto is just 1 for 14 since returning from the All-Star break, but he's still hitting .305 for the season with 26 home runs -- tied for second in the NL.
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Reds starting pitcher Tim Adleman (5-7, 4.99 ERA)
Adleman was matched up against Greinke in the July 7 game in Phoenix and took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) and six hits in five innings. Paul Goldschmidt homered off him and Brandon Drury had a pair of doubles.
He has made one start since then, giving up seven hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Nationals in the first game out of the All-Star break. He's lost his last three starts and five of his last six.
The long ball has been a major culprit -- Adelman has surrendered 21 home runs in 88 1/3 innings.
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The new guy
J.D. Martinez isn't commonly recognized as one of the premier power hitters in baseball, but that's hardly his fault.
Despite missing almost the first six weeks of the 2017 season, he's already hit 16 home runs. His isolated power rating of .325 is fifth in the majors -- behind only Mike Trout, Freddie Freeman, Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge. He's sixth in slugging percentage at .630. (Reference point: Paul Goldschmidt is .583).
Over the past 3 ½ seasons, he's hit 99 home runs in 458 games. Goldschmidt has hit 97 in 518 games. So, yes, all the fuss would appear to be warranted.
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'It's hard to dig out'
Since heading into the All-Star break with back-to-back wins over the D-backs in Phoenix, the Reds have dropped five in a row -- all at home. They've been outscored 46-14 while giving up 26 walks, 15 home runs and 42 extra-base hits in the five games.
They've used nine different rookie starting pitchers through 93 games.
"We've really struggled to put together winning streaks," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "We've had a lot of losing streaks. We've had a lot of turnover in both the rotation and the bullpen. From a position-players standpoint, those guys go out and bust their tails. It's hard to dig yourself out."