Friday 4/8 6:40pm
Ray won the fifth spot in the rotation coming out of Spring Training, beating the likes of Archie Bradley and Zack Godley. The Diamondbacks’ offense was one of the best last season, but Ray did not see a lot of help from them.
Ray had a record of 5-12 last season but only had an ERA of 3.52. Ray continued his success into Spring Training this year where he went 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA and eventually won the job. In one start against the Cubs last season, Ray went five innings and gave up two runs while striking out eight, but he got the loss.
Hammel started 31 games for the Cubs last season and was solid. He went 10-7 with a 3.74 ERA. In 13 games (10 starts) against the Diamondbacks, he has a record of 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA. This spring, Hammel was 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA in six games.
Over his nine-year career, Hammel has a 4.49 ERA and has never had an ERA in any season that was below 3.40, so the Diamondbacks can potentially score a good amount of runs against him.
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