After narrowly becoming a victim of back-to-back walk-offs by the Boston Red Sox (66-45), The Arizona Diamondbacks (56-53) look to keep rolling in unfriendly territory.
The Red Sox will counter by unveiling their newest weapon on the hill tonight, and try to remind the Diamondbacks that last night’s win only brings them to 1-5 over their last six meetings.
New arrival and Chicago White Sox Import Jake Peavy (8-4, 4.28 ERA) will command the hill tonight for the Red Sox, as he looks to start off on the right foot for his newly colored Sox. Since returning from the DL on July 20th Peavy has racked up two wins over two starts, but did so while scattering 11 hits and eight runs over 13 innings pitched.
If he’s going to keep the Diamondbacks in check tonight, he’ll have to start with the red hot bat of Cody Ross. Last night saw former Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross secure a win for the Diamondbacks with a late solo home run, snapping a five game losing streak to the Red Sox in the process.
Ross has demolished Red Sox pitching this season, going 9 for 14 with five runs batted in over three games. In his career against Peavy, Ross may have collected only one hit in six trips to the plate but that one hit happens to be a three-run homer.
The Arizona Diamondbacks send club ace Patrick Corbin (12-2, 2.24) to the mound tonight, seeking his fifth straight quality start.
Corbin has made waves as a possible Cy Young candidate over his last four starts with a 1.26 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over 28.2 innings pitched, racking up 34 strike outs, and not allowing more than one run in each start.
Looking to make an early statement against Corbin will be Red Sox lead-off hitter Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury is batting .474 (27 for 57) over a 13-game hitting streak against interleague opponents.