Best of the West: D-backs host Rangers for twin bill
MAY 27, 2013 12:18a ET
Skaggs will have a chance to reprise part of that story on Monday, when he will make his 2013 debut in the first game of a day/night doubleheader at Chase Field against the American League West-leading Rangers. Skaggs will receive the surprise start because Ian Kennedy suffered a laceration on his right index finger when he cut himself with a knife while doing the dishes on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Skaggs is coming off his best start of the season at Class AAA Reno, a game in which he gave up one earned run and struck out 10 without a walk in 7 2/3 innings in a 6-2 victory over Round Rock on Wednesday.
Pitching matchups: Monday (first game) -- LHP Martin Perez (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Tyler Skaggs (0-0, 0.00). Monday (second game) -- RHP Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.84) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (3-5, 2.81).
Who’s hot for the D-backs: Martin Prado had his seventh career four-hit game against the Padres on Sunday and was 8 for 12 in the three-game series, raising his batting average 25 points over the weekend to .257. ... Eric Chavez homered in back-to-back games for the first time since last August when he hit two-out, two-run homers in the first innings Saturday and Sunday. He looks to be a fixture in the No. 4 hole behind Paul Goldschmidt for the foreseeable future. ... A.J. Pollock has 10 hits in his last 17 at-bats, starting with the second game of the series in Colorado on Tuesday. His double Sunday gave him 15 this year, tied for second in the NL with teammate Gerardo Parra.
Who’s not hot for the D-backs: Miguel Montero had two doubles in the San Diego series but remains in a struggle with a .189/.281/.270 slash line. He doubles were his first since April 18. ... Cliff Pennington has three hits in his last 24 at-bats. ... Jason Kubel is 7 for 39 with no homers and four RBIs in May.
Who’s hot for the Rangers: Big-time middle-infield prospect Jurickson Profar, who was unavailable when the D-backs came calling in the offseason to discuss possible Justin Upton trades, hit his first major league home run Sunday and has five hits in his last 17 at-bats since being recalled early last week when Tucson native Ian Kinsler went on the disabled list. ... Yu Darvish has held opponents to a .179 batting average and has 91 strikeouts against 22 walks, but he has been more human lately, giving up 15 earned runs in his last 34 innings over five starts. ... Adrian Beltre has 14 hits in his last 37 at-bats.
Who’s not hot for the Rangers: A.J. Pierzynski’s RBI on Sunday was his first since April 24, although he spent some of that time on the disabled list. ... Left-hander Martin Perez, recalled from Class AAA Round Rock to make his first start of the season Monday, was 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in 12 appearances, six starts, in 2012. ... Elvis Andrus has four hits in his last 24 at-bats.
Notes, quotes, odds and ends: The Diamondbacks are still the only team in the majors not to have been shut out. ... The Rangers are 7-1-1 in the nine series played between the two in interleague play. The D-backs’ lone series victory came when they took of three games in Chase Field from June 4-6, 1999, when Randy Johnson and Andy Benes got the victories. ... The Rangers have played at Chase Field only once since 2000, when they took two of three games from June 23-25, 2009. ... The Rangers will be a little short in the bullpen Monday after using eight pitchers in a 4-3, 13-inning loss in Seattle on Sunday. Manager Ron Washington said Neal Cotts will be unavailable after throwing 2 1/3 innings Sunday, and that he would like to stay away from closer Joe Nathan and setup man Tanner Scheppers. Nathan has pitched on three straight days, and he gave up a game-tying home run in the ninth Sunday for his first blown save in 17 chances this season. ... At 20 years, 95 days, Profar was the youngest player to hit a leadoff homer since Valley resident Lou Klimchock (18 years, 348 days) did it with Kansas City on Sept. 28, 1958.