Players to Watch: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers


The Arizona Diamondbacks are coming off a series loss to the Miami Marlins, and as they get ready to face the Milwaukee Brewers the D-Backs will be looking to strike back.

The Diamondbacks have faced the Brewers in a three-game series in late May. The D-Backs took two of three from the Brewers in Milwaukee earlier in the season and both teams are looking to try to get back on the winning side of .500.

With both teams having some great hitter this series could be full of scoring, but could a pitcher take your eye off the batters? Here are the players to watch in the Diamondbacks vs. Brewers series.

Jul 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale (3) runs back to the dugout during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Godley:

You probably have never heard of him, but he will be the Diamondbacks starting pitcher for game one on Thursday.

Zack Godley was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, which sent Miguel Montero to Chicago. Godley was 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) in Single-A. He had 78 strikeouts and ten walks in over 75 innings pitched.

While in college he had more complete games than any other team in the SEC, with six. Godley was called up this week to start Thursday’s game, when he will make is major league debut.

Nerves will probably be a factor early, but once Godley settles down he should be a pitcher to watch for the Diamondbacks.

Jul 19, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock hits a single in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

AJ Pollock:

We all know that we have to keep our eye on Paul Goldschmidt, but another Diamondback is making waves in and out of the batters box.

AJ Pollock, he D-Backs’ centerfielder, is coming off an All-Star game appearance and in the last seven games he is hitting .320 in 25 at-bats, with three runs and eight hits. He has been seeing the ball well at the plate and will be a guy to watch as the team prepares to face the Brewers.

In almost 800 innings this season Pollock has only two errors and over 200 put outs. He has the speed the team needs in the outfield, and make fabulous plays when needed. Pollock is aimed to have a great series as his team tries to get back on track.

Jun 25, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Gerardo Parra (28) makes a running catch of ball hit by New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (not pictured) in the first inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Gerardo Parra:

He is a player the Diamondbacks fans know very well, after he was traded to the Brewers late last season.

Gerardo Parra has had a very good year, and is looking to continue his great performance against his former team. Parra, in 92 games this season, is hitting .316 with 46 runs and 94 hits. In the last seven games Parra is hitting .458 with one home run and 11 hits.

Para has great speed and his outfield ability is exceptional. In 81 games in the outfield, Parra has two errors and 144 putouts. He will be a player that fans need to keep your eye out for in this series.