Youth is the biggest explanation for this lack of consistency. These guys are pros, but most of them don’t have the experience of a 162-game season under their belts. Right now, Arizona is in the middle of there hottest streak of the season, which they have run up to seven games, sweeping the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies.
Friday might be their first tough challenge. Arizona will be away against the NL’s best, the New York Mets. They are 34-18, opponents have scored the 2nd least amount of runs against them in MLB, and they have scored the third most runs in the NL.
New York will throw out their best pitcher of the season so far, John Maine. Maine is 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA. The D-Backs will have the
reigning Cy Young on the hill, Brandon Webb. Webb is 3-4 with a 3.74 ERA. Both teams will have their hands full as the two teams square off for their 2nd series of the year. The Mets took the first series 3-1 at Arizona in early May. This will be a chance for the streak to continue and for a little revenge, as this series takes place in New York .
Friday will most likely be pitcher’s duel. With the way both teams are hitting lately, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some sparks, either. This will be the best match up for the weekend series. The D-Backs need to get to Maine early and open up that Mets bullpen to set the pace for the weekend.
Advantage - Even
Saturday will be a day game as Livan Hernandez (5-2 3.58 ERA) and Jorge Sosa (4-1 3.64 ERA) will face off. Hernandez, being the veteran, has come on strong lately going late into his last three games with a complete game win in his last start. Sosa has never been known for going deep into games.
Rather, he usually collects his innings due to spot starts and long relief out of the bullpen. However this year with Pedro out the Mets called on Sosa to only be a starter so far this season. If Hernandez does what he has done in his last three starts, this will be a good game to watch for the D-Back fans.
Advantage - D-Backs
Sunday will also be a day game that features Doug Davis (3-6 3.27 ERA) and Oliver Perez (6-3 2.69 ERA). Davis has also tuned up by throwing quality starts and only allowing 3 ER in his last two starts. In 10 starts this season Perez has been sharp. He is doing exactly what the Mets need him to do. That is go about 7 innings and allow 2 runs. He has had six quality starts so far. If Davis can only stay even with Perez through 6 innings the D-Backs have a good shot at taking Sunday’s game.
Advantage – Mets
This will be the toughest test of the season so far for the D-Backs. Continuing the streak and beating the NL’s best team at home. Who knows what can happen if the D-Backs sweep. But if they lose, it will only add to a season of streaks.