Wednesday, May 31, 2023

MLB Preview: Washington Nationals (13-20) at Arizona Diamondbacks (19-14)


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♦ The D-backs are 2-0 in their 10-game homestand vs. Nationals (2-0), Marlins (May 8-10) and Giants (May 11-14).

♦ The D-backs are currently second in the NL West, 0.5 game behind the Dodgers…Arizona has spent 23 total days this season in or tied for first place (since April 8).

♦ The D-backs have won 6 of their last 8 games and are 5 games above .500 for the first time since finishing 85-77 at the end of the 2019 season.

♦ Arizona has won 6 of its last 7 games vs. Nationals since April 20, 2022.

♦ Corbin Carroll has an 11-game hitting streak (.455; 15-for-33, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI), which is tied for the third longest active streak in Majors (also: Bryan Reynolds/PIT), behind Masataka Yoshida/BOS (15) and Robbie Grossman/TEX (14).

♦ Ryne Nelson is making his first start vs. Nationals and second vs. an NL East opponent (last: April 15 @ Marlins).

♦ The D-backs have won 4 of their last 6 series.

♦ With a win today, it will mark the D-backs’ first series sweep vs. Nationals since April 5-8, 2009 @ Nationals Park (4-0) and first vs. Nationals @ Chase Field since Aug. 5-7, 2003 (3-0).

♦ The last D-backs home sweep was July 25-27, 2022 vs. Giants (3-0).

♦ Last night, the D-backs secured their first walk-off win of the season and first since Sept. 14, 2022 vs. Dodgers (Sergio Alcántara 2-run HR in Bot 10 off Craig Kimbrel).

♦ It was the first walk-off walk for Arizona since Sept. 27, 2017 vs. Giants (David Peralta in Bot 9) and 10th occurrence in D-backs history.

♦ The D-backs’ 11 comeback wins this season are tied for third most in the Majors (also: Mariners), behind the Red Sox (14) and the Orioles (12).

♦ Last night, the D-backs recorded 3 sacrifice bunts in a game for the fi rst time since May 31, 2015 @ Brewers.

♦ Arizona is the only team to have 3+ sacrifice hits in a game this season and first since the Angels on May 15,
2022 (3).

♦ The D-backs’ 93 bunt attempts since 2022 (sacrifice hits + bunt hits + bunt outs) are the most in baseball, ahead of the Angels (79), Nationals (77) and Athletics (74).

♦ The D-backs rank in the Majors in strikeouts (2nd fewest, 247), sac fl ys (2nd, 14), average (4th, .270), triples (4th, 8), doubles (5th, 67), hits (8th, 301) and stolen bases (9th, 26).

♦ Dominic Fletcher has hit safely in his first 5 Major League games (.412; 7-for-17, 1 2B, 2 RBI)… is tied for third longest streak in D-backs history to start a career (last: Pavin Smith in 2020)…record is David Peralta (7 games in 2014).

♦ Christian Walker, in his last 7 games, is hitting .452 (14- for-31)/1.388 OPS with 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 9 runs and 10 RBI.

♦ Geraldo Perdomo’s .397 average ranks second in the Majors [min. 80 PA], behind Luis Arraez/MIA (.430 in 30 games)…is batting .397 (27-for-68)/1.085 OPS with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 15 runs, 17 RBI and 8 walks in 26 games.

♦ Ketel Marte has 3 homers, 8 RBI and 5 walks in his last 6 games.

♦ Emmanuel Rivera has hit safely in 7 of his 8 games (.423; 11-for-26, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI).

♦ The D-backs are 6-3 in their last 9 games vs. Marlins (5-1 in 2022, 1-2 this season).

♦ Arizona shut out Miami 5-0 in the series finale on April 16 @ loanDepot park.

AT A GLANCE: Selected by the D-backs in the second round (56th overall) of the 2019 draft.

• Attended the University of Oregon, where he was a 2019 First-Team All-Pac-12 selection…finished his junior year with a conference-high 104 strikeouts and finished fourth in the nation with a 14.40 K/9 IP.

• A Nevada native, attended Basic High School in Henderson where he was a shortstop and pitcher.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Is making his sixth career start @ Chase Field (fourth this season).

• Has allowed 4 or fewer hits in 2 of his 3 home starts this season.

• Enters 2023 ranked as the D-backs’ No. 5 prospect by The Athletic (No. 8 by MLB Pipeline)…rated No. 7 and tabbed by Baseball America with the Best Fastball in the system.

LAST START: Took the loss in his last start on April 30 @ Rockies (6 ER in 4.0 IP).

VS. NATIONALS: Will be making his first career appearance.

PITCH TRACKING: Opposing batters are 0-for-6 with 2 strikeouts off his changeup and 6-for-32 (.188) with 4 strikeouts off his cutter.

WHAT A DEBUT: In his Major League debut on Sept. 5, 2022 @ Padres, he set the D-backs record for most scoreless innings (7.0) in a Major League debut (later tied by Drey Jameson on Sept. 15) and tied for the most strikeouts (7) (also: Zack Godley on July 23, 2015 @ Brewers and Max Scherzer on April 29, 2008 vs. Astros).

• Came 1.0 inning shy of tying Geraldo Guzmán’s D-backs debut record (8.0 IP) set on July 6, 2000 @ Astros.

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