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Game Of The Week: Diamondbacks vs Mets (6/7/15)


Game of the Week

The Matchup:

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host a four game series starting this Thursday against the New York Mets. With a record of 23-26, the D-Backs find themselves in fourth place in the intensely competitive NL West, while the Mets started out with a hot April, but cooled off in May after a plethora of injuries and a lack of hitting plagued the franchise. They are now at a half game behind the NL East leading Washington Nationals at 28-23.

Last Season:

Arizona Diamondbacks:

On May 27th, 2014, Tony LaRussa joined the ballclub as the new Chief Baseball Officer. Despite a solid year from Paul Goldschmidt before breaking his hand in early August, the D-Backs ended up with a 64-98 record, which cost manager Kirk Gibson his job three games before the season ended.

New York Mets:

Without their ace Matt Harvey for the entire 2014 campaign due to Tommy John surgery and David Wright suffering the entire season due to shoulder issues, the Mets ended up 79-83, tied for 2nd in the National League East..


Arizona Diamondbacks:

Chip Hale is in the midst of his 1st season as manager of the D-Backs after taking the job on October 13, 2014. Hale had been an assistant coach for the D-Backs under Bob Melvin, the Mets under Jerry Manuel, and a bench coach in Oakland, again under Melvin, until the end of the 2014 campaign.


New York Mets:

Terry Collins is in the 5th year of managing the Mets. Working in the minor leagues until 1992, Collins cut his teeth under the learning tree of Jim Leyland in Pittsburgh for 2 seasons. Becoming the manager of the Houston Astros in 1994, he coached 3 seasons before being fired at the end of the 1996 campaign. Then, he coached 3 years in Anaheim for the Angels before being dismissed. After managing in Japan and China in the mid 2000s, Collins ended up as a minor league field coordinator in 2010 before coming the skipper for the 2011 campaign.



Arizona Diamondbacks:

With La Russa under the helm as D-Backs’ CBO, the team has started to rebuild. On December 5, 2014, Arizona sent Didi Gregorius in a three-way trade to the Yankees. Other than that, it has been a relatively quiet scene around the team.

New York Mets:

To help booster the veteran leadership in the clubhouse, the Mets signed Michael Cuddyer to a 2 year, $21 million contract on November 10, 2014. After non-tendering Eric Young Jr. in December, the Mets signed journeyman John Mayberry, Jr. to a one year contract.


Arizona Diamondbacks:

The D-Backs need a solid outing from one of the four games by phenom Archie Bradley. Bradley, who made the MLB roster at the start of this season, came out extremely well facing off with Clayton Kershaw and Madison Baumgartner in his first two big league starts. Just recently coming off the DL after getting a “comebacker” to the face on April 28, Bradley really needs to showcase his fastball, which tops out at 98 MPH, and control his knuckle-curve to maximum potential. If he is able to make the most of his pitches, Bradley can guarantee a W for the D-Backs in his start.

New York Mets:

Lucas Duda is the man to watch out for. Overcoming his once-renowned shortcoming of not being able to hit left handed pitching, “the Dude” has been the stalwart in the starting lineup, batting .298 with 9 home runs, 16 doubles, 25 RBIs, and a .394 on-base percentage. However, stats alone have not dictated his steady presence in the lineup. With injuries running through half of the projected roster, Duda has carried this team in the batting order. He is going to have to lay it out there as he has all season if the Mets need to have a successful road series at Chase Field.

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