The Arizona Diamondbacks may be one of the streakiest teams in the Major Leagues, as they are on the verge of sweeping the Yankees after being swept in a four-game series to the Giants.
With a victory on Wednesday, the Diamondbacks would secure their first sweep against the Yankees. It would also be the Diamondbacks first Interleague sweep at home since August 12-14, 2013 against the Orioles. In fact, last time the Yankees were swept in a three-game Interleague series was June 19-21, 2007 at Coors Field against the Rockies.
Even if the Yankees come away with a victory in the series finale, the Diamondbacks have already secured their first regular-season series victory against the Bronx Bombers. The Pittsburgh Pirates are now the only MLB team left without a regular-season series victory over the Yankees.
The Diamondbacks have not been on the MLB schedule makers good-side to begin the season as today will wrap up a stretch of 36 games in 37 days. The Diamondbacks have gone 17-18 in the first 35 games of this stretch.
In May, the Diamondbacks are 7-8 so far despite leading the MLB in batting average (.284), doubles (34), triples (8), and extra-base hits (54). Arizona is also tied for third in the MLB in stolen bases (11) this month.
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Shelby Miller (1-4, 6.94) will take the mound for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. After an extremely rough start to the season, Miller has posted a 3.86 ERA over his past two starts to lower his ERA on the year to the 6.94 mark it stands at today.
This year, Miller has been very dominant in the first inning of his starts as hitters are just 2-for-26 against him. Two other dominant spots for Miller have been against leadoff hitters and cleanup hitters. The leadoff hitter is 2-for-15 (.133 average) and the cleanup hitter is 1-for-17 (.059 average) against him this season. His mark against leadoff hitters is good for seventh in the MLB and his mark against cleanup hitters is third in the MLB.
On this day in Diamondbacks history: Randy Johnson, 40, threw the only perfect game in franchise history in a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on May 18, 2004. Johnson struck out 13 batters in the ball game.
First pitch will be at 6:40 p.m. and you can catch the game on Fox Sports Arizona and listen to the game on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.