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


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

4.51.460VolstadMay 17Jackson.4734.38
3.09.629JohnsonMay 18Buckner.4404.70

Projected Lineup

LineupPlayerCurrent wOBAProj. wOBA v. RHPProj. wOBA v. LHP
1Chris Coghlan.254.343.316
2Gaby Sanchez.373.340.370
3Hanley Ramirez.373.401.421
4Jorge Cantu.329.332.350
5Dan Uggla.390.359.368
6John Baker/Ronny Paulino*.270/.362.320.348
7Cody Ross.346.337.371
8Brett 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.