Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks
By Michael Jong
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
Left Field: 330 ft.
Center Field: 404
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
|Lineup||Player||Current wOBA||Proj. wOBA v. RHP||Proj. wOBA v. LHP|
|6||John Baker/Ronny Paulino*||.270/.362||.320||.348|
*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.