Probable Pitchers

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Friday at 9:40pm EDT – Jeff Samardzija vs. Joe Saunders

Samardzija has struggled on the road, posting a 2-3 record and 6.00 ERA compared to a 2.36 ERA at home. The right-hander has to remember to slow things down and not try to muscle pitches. He has one win in his last six starts. Pitching against his former team on Saturday, Saunders made one costly mistake to the Angels in his six innings. The lefty served up a two-run homer to Mark Trumbo and took the loss, as the D-backs were shut out on one hit against Ervin Santana.

Saturday at 10:10pm EDT – Paul Maholm vs. Ian Kennedy

Maholm is 0-3 with a 5.59 ERA in his past seven starts. In his last outing against the Red Sox, he was charged with two first-inning runs. The lefty now has an 8.31 ERA in the first inning. After allowing six runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Rangers on June 12, Kennedy bounced back on Sunday, giving up just two runs to the Angels over eight innings. Unfortunately for the D-backs ace, his offense was shut out for the second straight game.

Sunday at 4:10pm EDT – Matt Garza vs. Wade Miley

Garza earned his first win since April 29 in his last start against the White Sox. He gave up five hits, including home runs to A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko, and also struck out six.

How to Pitch to the Big Boys

Each series we’ll take a look at the top three home run hitters in the opposing team’s lineup to establish how to get them out and minimize the damage.

Aaron Hill – 10 HR’s

Paul Goldschmidt – 9 HR’s

Jason Kubel - 8 HR’s

 

 

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