Diamondbacks Look to Cool Down Phillies

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May 17, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) steals second against Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Aaron Hill (2) during the eighth inning at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

After taking two-of-three from the Cincinnati Reds to start the home stand, the Arizona Diamondbacks (54-56) turn their attention to the Philadelphia Phillies who come into town for a three-game series.

Coming into the Monday night opener, the D-backs are 5-5 in their last 10 games after winning six games in a row to wrap up the month of July.

The D-backs had not picked up a series victory coming into the Reds’ series since they swept the Seattle Mariners in three games back on July 27-29. They managed to split a four-game series with the Washington Nationals prior to coming back home to Chase Field.

But a walk-off single by Chris Owings in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday gave the D-backs a 4-3 win and they clinched a series win for the first time in the month of August.

Now, the Phillies, one of the worst teams in baseball, stroll into town.

The last time the D-backs and the Phillies faced each other, you have to go back to May 15-17 when the Phillies swept the D-backs in Philadelphia.

In fact, the D-backs are just 12-15 this season against teams from the NL East. But, they are 28-28 at home, which is the best record they own in any category here in 2015.

The Phillies, meanwhile, own a 45-67 record this season and are currently in fourth place in the East, 14.5 games behind the New York Mets and 18 games out of a Wild Card spot.

Only one other team in all of baseball has a lower total of wins than the Phillies, the Miami Marlins, who happen to be in last place in the NL East at 44-68.

With that being said, the Phillies have won seven of their last ten games and just swept the San Diego Padres at Petco Park over the weekend.

So despite the overall lack of success, the Phillies are coming into the series surging and the D-backs will certainly have their work cut out for them.

Remember, these guys swept Arizona earlier this year, so the D-backs know it’s possible their little hot streak could carry over from San Diego.

If their is going to be some cooling down of any sort in the Valley this week, the D-backs certainly hope it’s the Phillies’ winning streak.

With that, here’s a look at the pitching match ups for the series: