The Diamondbacks head into this series against the Braves having lost 2-of-3 games over the weekend to the Washington Nationals. If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb should all be well-rested. They all three sat out games over the weekend. If that has you scratching your head, you’re not alone.
Now, the D-backs find themselves in a near must-win series against the Braves, a team that swept them in Atlanta just over a week ago. After this homestand, the D-backs will travel on the road for nine games against the Cardinals, Cubs and Giants. They then return home to take on the Dodgers, Cubs and Astros. The road ahead is fraught with peril and the time to act is now.
Game Time and Broadcast Info
- Monday, July 24 at 6:40 MT on FS-AZ, 98.7 FM
- Tuesday, July 25 at 6:40 MT on FS-AZ, 98.7 FM
- Wednesday, July 26 at 12:40 MT on FS-AZ, 620 AM
What To Watch For
- The Braves offense ranks 24th in the league in fWAR and are averaging 4.6 runs per game. They’ve been slightly better offensively since the All-Star break, averaging 4.9 runs per game. Against the D-backs in their most recent series in Atlanta, the Braves scored 19 runs in three games. Eight of those runs came against the D-backs bullpen. The D-backs relievers will have to play better in this series.
- J.D. Martinez made a pinch-hit appearance on Sunday, his first at-bat since sustaining a contusion to his left hand on Wednesday. Assuming that means all systems are go for J.D., we’ll hopefully see him in the lineup everyday from here out. And hopefully the same can be said for A.J. Pollock, Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt.
- The D-backs are 3-6 since the All-Star break and 6-11 in the month of July. The Cubs are closing the gap in the Wild Card race and currently stand just 4.5 games behind the D-backs. The good news is that the Brewers, who are tied for first with the Cubs in the NL Central, are dropping like a rock. As long as the D-backs start to take care of business, and win series like this one, they should be able to maintain their standing in the Wild Card race.