While the Reds call Arizona home during Spring Training, one of their opponents spends 81 games a year in the state capital.
Arizona(79-83 3rd in NL West, 13GB)
Key Additions:Jean Segura,Tyler Wagner,Jason Bourgeois(non-roster),Shelby Miller, Zack Greinke,Chris Hermann, Tyler Clippard
Key Departures:Chase Anderson,Aaron Hill,David Hernandez, Ender Inciarte, Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Reds Dates: July 22-24 @AZ Aug. 26-28
Manager Chip Hale enters his second season as the Diamondbacks skipper, but this season there is bound to be higher expectations with all the off-season moves made by GM Dave Stewart. The biggest came in the free agent signing of pitcher Zack Greinke. The former Cy Young winner, opted out of his six-year $147 million with the Dodgers and instead will make $206 million over six years or a record breaking $34.3 million per year. Greinke has posted a 142-93 record with a career 3.35 ERA with three All-Star appearances.
Joining him out West will be Shelby Miller, who came over in a trade from the Atlanta Braves. Miller managed to make his first All-Star appearance despite finishing the season 6-17, but he posted a 3.02 ERA. It was his first losing season in his short career after he finished with at least ten wins in the previous two years with the Cardinals. Another former NL Central opponent made his way to Phoenix via trade when All-Star shortstop Jean Segura was traded by the Brewers to Arizona for pitcher Chase Anderson and second baseman Aaron Hill.
Rubby De La Rosa returns as the top pitcher as he led the team in wins (14), innings pitched (188.2) and strikeouts (150). The back end of the bullpen returns in Daniel Hudson, whose 20 holds helped set-up the submarine throwing closer Brad Ziegler. Last season he had 30 saves with a 1.85 ERA and held batters to a measly .198 average. They hope to improve those numbers with the addition of two-time All-Star Tyler Clippard. He spent last season with the A’s and Mets where he collected 19 saves with a 2.92 ERA.
The main offensive weapon for the D-Backs returns in three-time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt. Last season he led Arizona in home runs (33), RBI (110), average (.321) and OBP (.435). A.J. Pollock is also back after a breakout season in 2015 that earned him his first All-Star appearance and a Gold Glove. He led Arizona in hits (192) and was second on the team with a .315 average. David Peralta gives the Diamondbacks a three-headed monster as he also provides power (17 homers) while hitting for average (.312)
Here’s a look at what the Diamondbacks might look like when they meet the Reds in the regular season although all six meetings will come after the All-Star break (as of 2/28)
1. Zack Greinke (19-3, 1.66 ERA, All-Star, Gold Glove w/Dodgers,)
2. Shelby Miller (6-17, 3.02 ERA, All-Star w/Braves)
3. Patrick Corbin (6-5, 3.60 ERA)
4. Rubby De La Rosa (14-9, 4.67 ERA)
5. Robbie Ray (5-12, 3.52 ERA)
Closer: Brad Ziegler (0-3, 1.85 ERA, 30 Saves)
C. Welington Castillo (110 games played, .237 avg, 19 HR, 57 RBI w/Cubs,Mariners, & Diamondbacks)
1B. Paul Goldschmidt (159 GP, .321 avg, 33 HR, 110 RBI, 21 SB, All-Star, Gold Glove)
2B. Chris Owings (147 GP, .227 avg, 4 HR, 43 RBI)
3B. Jake Lamb (107 GP, .263 avg, 6 HR, 34 RBI)
SS. Jean Segura (142 GP, .257 avg, 6 HR, 50 RBI, 25 SB w/Brewers)
LF. David Peralta (149 GP, .312 avg, 17 HR, 78 RBI)
CF. A.J. Pollock (157 GP, .315 avg, 20 HR, 76 RBI, 39 SB, All-Star, Gold Glove)
RF. Yasmany Tomas (118 GP, .273 avg, 9 HR, 48 RBI)
C. Tuffy Gosewisch, Chris Hermann, Oscar Hernandez
2B/3B. Phil Gosselin
SS. Nick Ahmed
3B. Brandon Drury
OF. Gabby Guerrero