Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 06-12-2019
Scott Kingery isn't holding back against his hometown team, as the Phoenix native has homered three times and driven in five runs during the first two contests of a three-game series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kingery and the Philadelphia Phillies will vie for a series victory against the visiting Diamondbacks on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.
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Kingery answered two solo blasts in Philadelphia's 13-8 setback in the series opener with a three-run missile in the second inning of Tuesday's 7-4 win. The 25-year-old has recorded four homers and eight RBIs over his last 24 plate appearance for the Phillies, who have won five of their last seven contests overall but just two of their last 12 home games against Arizona. Ketel Marte went deep in his third straight outing for the Diamondbacks, who were limited to that solo blast in the seventh inning after erupting for a franchise-best eight homers in the series opener. The 25-year-old Marte enters the finale on the strength of consecutive three-hit performances as well as a five-game hitting streak in which he has scored six times.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, NBCS Philadelphia
PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks RH Merrill Kelly (6-6, 4.12 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Zach Eflin (6-5, 2.88)
Kelly answered a career-high 10-strikeout performance in a 7-1 romp over the New York Mets on June 2 by allowing one run on three hits in seven innings five nights later in an 8-2 victory at Toronto. The 30-year-old sports a 5-2 record with a 1.84 ERA in seven starts following an Arizona victory, as opposed to a 1-4 mark after a loss. Kelly, who will be facing Philadelphia for the first time, owns a 6.00 ERA in seven starts on the road this season as opposed to a 2.35 ERA at home.
Eflin pitched well in his return to the rotation on Friday after missing his previous start with mid-back tightness, yielding one earned run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 4-2 victory versus Cincinnati. The 25-year-old has struggled with his control of late, allowing four walks in two of his last three starts after issuing nine free passes in his previous nine trips to the mound. The Diamondbacks' current roster is just 3-for-20 versus Eflin, who sports an 0-1 mark with a 3.86 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in two career starts against Arizona.
1. Philadelphia 1B Rhys Hoskins is 7-for-15 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored during his four-game hitting streak.
2. Arizona SS Nick Ahmed has hit safely in four straight contests after going 1-for-17 in his previous five.
3. Phillies OF Nick Williams has struck out 10 times over his last 13 plate appearances.
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- GroinEarly Oct | 10-day IL
Quinn has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain, and he is likely to stay on the shelf until at least the beginning of October.
- ShoulderEarly Oct | 10-day IL
Nicasio has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right rotator cuff tendinitis. It is anticipated that he will be on the IL until at least the early part of October.
- HamstringQues Sat | questionable
Segura missed the previous game due to a left hamstring cramp, and it is unclear if he will be available for Saturday's contest against the Phillies.
- ElbowEarly Oct | 60-day IL
Dominguez has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to ulnar collateral ligament damage in his right elbow. He is likely to remain on the IL until at least the beginning of October.
- Footout for season | 60-day IL
Dickerson is expected to spend the remainder of the season on the 60-day injured list with a fractured left foot.
- ArmOut Thurs | out
Bruce is tending to a flexor strain in his arm and will not face the Braves on Thursday.
- ShoulderProb Tues | probable
Ramos has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a right shoulder impingement and is expected to be available Tuesday against the Braves.
- ElbowQues Tues | questionable
Bruce is nursing some effects from his previous flexor strain in his right elbow. It is undetermined if he will face the Braves on Tuesday.
- ShoulderEarly Oct | 60-day IL
Walker had Tommy John surgery and is on the 60-day injured list. He suffered a right capsule strain during his rehabilitation and is likely to be on the IL until sometime toward the end of the season.
- Conditioningout for season | out
Gallen has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season due to load management.
- ForearmProb Sat | 60-day IL
Weaver has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a mild flexor pronator strain and a minor UCL sprain. It is expected that he will be activated in time for Saturday's game against the Padres.
- Fingerday-to-day | questionable
Ahmed has missed the previous two games due to a finger injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Padres on Friday.
- BackProb Wed | probable
Bradley missed the previous two games due to back spasms, but it is likely that he will be available for Wednesday's contest versus the Marlins.
- FingerProb Mon | probable
Ray is nursing a blister on his left middle finger, but he is expected to make his next scheduled start against the Marlins on Monday.
- KneeOut indefinitely | 60-day IL
Souza Jr. has been shifted to the 60-day injured list and is expected to miss the regular season with a torn ACL, LCL, PCL and posterior lateral capsule in his left knee. It is unknown if he will be available in October if the team makes the postseason.
- FingerProb Wed | probable
Ray was removed from his previous start with a blister on his left middle finger but is expected to take the mound Wednesday against the Mets.
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