Tonight at 9 p.m., the Mets start a three-game series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Here are the pitching matchups:
Kennedy has been stellar this season, recording 14 wins, the second most in the National League behind Roy Halladay. Kennedy, a former top Yankee pitching prospect, was traded to Arizona in December of 2009, in a 3-team deal that involved Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson, who has since been traded three times. Ian has a career record of 2-0 against the Mets, with a 4.91 ERA.
Hudson had a great year least year, going 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA for Arizona. He hasn’t equaled his success this year, but has been solid, going 11-8, with a 3.38 ERA. He has played a key role in the resurgence of the Diamondback rotation.
Jason Marquis, recently acquired by Arizona just hours before his scheduled start against the Mets on July 30, is a career 6-7 against the Mets, and 0-4 at Chase Field
- Arizona is 65-53 and currently leading the NL West over the World Champion Gianta by one game. The Diamondbacks have already matched their win total from last year, when they were 65-97, finishing in last place in the National League West.
- Justin Upton, who struggled last year by his standards, has returned to 2009 form, hitting a career-high .302 with 23 home runs and 72 RBI. Upton is leading the National League in doubles this season with 33. He was selected as an All-Star last month, his second selection of his career.
- D-Back pitching has vastly improved this season, lowering their ERA almost an entire run from last season, going from 4.81 to 4.06 this season.
- The Mets swept Arizona in April, shutting down their offense, allowing just nine total runs in three games.
What to expect:
- The Diamondbacks, despite hitting .250 as a team, have hit 134 home runs, fifth in the majors. According to ESPN’s MLB Park Factors, Chase Field is the seventh easiest ballpark to hit home runs in. I’m just Saying…
- The D-Backs are really hot right now, soaring to the top of their division, with great pitching and hitting.