Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

After the Fish’s euphoric four-game sweep of the New York Mets, the Marlins will go after the Arizona Diamondbacks in a short two-gamer before heading out on the road to face the St. Louis Cardinals.

Arizona Diamondbacks (15-23) @ Florida Marlins, May 17-18, Games 39-40

NL East Standings

Tm W L Win% GB
PHI 23 13 .639
FLA 20 18 .526 4.0
WSN 20 18 .526 4.0
ATL 18 19 .486 5.5
NYM 18 20 .474 6.0

Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Five-year Run PF*: 0.99
Five-year HR PF*: 0.97
Stadium Dimensions:
Left Field: 330 ft.
Left-Center: 361
Center Field: 404
Right-Center: 361
Right Field: 345

*Five-year regressed park factors provided by Patriot here

Projected Pitching Matchups

May 17: Chris Volstad vs. Edwin Jackson
May 18: Josh Johnson vs. Billy Buckner

ZiPS In-Season Projections

FIP Win% Marlins Date D’backs Win% FIP
4.51 .460 Volstad May 17 Jackson .473 4.38
3.09 .629 Johnson May 18 Buckner .440 4.70

Projected Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA v. RHP Proj. wOBA v. LHP
1 Chris Coghlan .254 .343 .316
2 Gaby Sanchez .373 .340 .370
3 Hanley Ramirez .373 .401 .421
4 Jorge Cantu .329 .332 .350
5 Dan Uggla .390 .359 .368
6 John Baker/Ronny Paulino* .270/.362 .320 .348
7 Cody Ross .346 .337 .371
8 Brett Carroll

*Baker and Paulino are platooning. Projected wOBA vs. RHP is for Baker, vs. LHP is for Paulino.


– Not a whole lot of time for notes, but I did want to mention this: the Diamondbacks of this year are a lot like the Marlins of years past, in that they have a lot of offense (averaging 5.1 runs per game) and have an awful bullpen. Should be an interesting little series.

– Last year, Mark Reynolds stole six bases on us during a four-game series. That accounted for 1/4 of all SB for Reynolds last year. Our catchers are awful defensively.

– Cameron Maybin’s playing time may be picking up, especially a solid series against the Mets. Meanwhile, in that same series, John Baker lost a start to Brett Hayes, who did not do much with the start himself. I don’t think this will be a trend, but keep an eye out.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Brett Hayes Cameron Maybin Chris Volstad John Baker Josh Johnson Mark Reynolds Miami Marlins

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