The Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to keep in contention in the
If Giancarlo Stanton hadn’t spent a month on the disabled list,
the Miami Marlins might be in better position than they are now in
The Diamondbacks will try to bounce back Tuesday night following
an ugly loss to Stanton and the Marlins.
Arizona returned home after completing a 4-2 road trip with a
weekend sweep of Houston. However, the Diamondbacks (62-60) lost
12-3 on Monday to fall five games off the pace in both the division
and wild-card races.
Stanton homered twice and drove in four runs for Miami (56-67),
which has won four of six.
Stanton, who also homered in three consecutive games at Colorado
over the weekend, is batting .313 with seven homers, four doubles
and 15 RBIs in 13 games since returning from the disabled list
following surgery to remove loose bodies from his right knee. His
26 home runs on the season rank third in the NL.
“This guy is so good, so talented,” Miami manager Ozzie Guillen
said. “He has missed half a year and he still has 20-something home
runs. That is how talented he is.”
While Stanton’s return has been beneficial to Miami, Stephen
Drew’s return did little to impact Arizona, which dealt its
shortstop Monday to Oakland for minor league infielder Sean
After being sidelined nearly a year with a fractured right
ankle, Drew returned in late June but batted .193 with two home
runs and 12 RBIs in 40 games.
“It was more than likely he would have tested free agency so we
probably would have only had his services for another six weeks,”
general manager Kevin Towers said.
After parting with Drew, the Diamondbacks will focus their
attention to reversing their recent struggles at home. They have
lost six of their last nine at Chase Field after allowing 20 hits
Monday to open a 10-game homestand.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (9-10, 3.75 ERA) will also be
trying to reverse his own struggles at home, where he owns a 4.97
ERA and has dropped his last two starts.
The right-hander was solid on the road Thursday despite not
getting a decision, giving up one run and five hits in six innings
of the Diamondbacks’ eventual 2-1 victory over St. Louis.
Cahill faced the Marlins last year while with Oakland and
allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 5-4 loss.
Ricky Nolasco (9-12, 4.94) will try to take advantage of Miami’s
recent success at the plate as he looks to end a four-start road
Nolasco, who is 1-6 with a 6.42 ERA in his last seven starts
overall, gave up five runs and nine hits in eight innings of a 5-3
loss to Colorado on Thursday.
The right-hander is 5-2 with a 4.14 ERA in seven career starts
against the Diamondbacks.