After starting the season with two series losses, the Arizona Diamondbacks head out on their first road trip, going to Los Angeles to play their division rival Dodgers.
It was not the start to the season that they Diamondbacks wanted, but they now have an opportunity to get back on track beginning this afternoon at Dodger Stadium. It the Dodgers Opening Series and the Diamondbacks want to ruin the fun.
The rivalry runs deep, with the teams facing off in Australia to begin the 2014 season, a brawl breaking out on the field and then jumping in the Diamondbacks pool in 2013. The storylines run deep in this series with Zack Greinke leaving the Dodgers as a free agent in December, but is not scheduled to make an appearance in this series.
This series will feature some of the best players and hitters in the game. Everyone knows of “America’s First Baseman,” Paul Goldschmidt, and of the offensive power of Yasiel Puig, but this game has some rising stars as well. Chis Owings has replaced AJ Pollock in centerfield, and Jake Lamb has done a nice job at third base for the Snakes. For Arizona David Peralta has begun to find his bat, but Adrian Gonzalez for the Dodgers is currently hitting .429 coming into this series. This could be an offensive show this week.
Arizona will start Patrick Corbin against the Dodgers Kenta Maeda on Tuesday. Corbin lost his first start of the season, and was hit hard off of. All of his runs against the Rockies came from three home runs. Though he was the Diamondbacks starter in Spring Training, all of the Diamondbacks pitchers have been struggling this season. For Maeda, he went six scoreless innings in his first start against the Padres, in his major league debut. Keep in mind Maeda pitched in the series were the Padres did not score a run. This start will not be so easy for Maeda because the Diamondbacks have been able to hit the ball well at times to begin the season.
Next: Game No. 2 and Game No. 3