"I'm excited to throw a pitch that I heavily depend on. The first time out, I liked where it was at. It had good break and good command. I'm excited to finally see that light at the end of the tunnel. Seeing a hitter in the box, that's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to it."
- David Hernandez
Saturday was a night to remember for D-backs' rookie Archie Bradley. It was an evening reigning Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw would like to forget. Together, the two power pitchers put on a show at Chase Field, but it was Bradley and the D-backs who walked off the field with a 6-0 victory in the second game of the three-game series between the teams.
Diamondbacks right-handers David Hernandez and Patrick Corbin both rely heavily on a slider to work off their fastball. It's also the pitch that's the hardest on their surgically repaired elbows. On Friday, the pair crossed that breaking ball hurdle, each throwing 30 sliders off a mound as they work back from Tommy John surgery.
While the rotation of the Arizona Diamondbacks hasn’t been very good very early on this season, the bullpen certainly has been. In fact, it has been so good, the D’Backs bullpen has only given up a total of two runs in the first four games of the young season. Those two runs were charged to Evan Marshall in the ninth inning during Wednesday’s loss to the San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers should like the starting pitching matchup in Sunday's series finale against the D-backs. Zack Greinke opposes Arizona's Opening Day starter Josh Collmenter. Greinke was 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four starts against the D-backs last year, while Collmenter is 4-7 with a 5.66 ERA in his career against the Dodgers.
Injured New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia was suspended for 80 games Saturday, the fourth player in 16 days banned under the major league drug program following a positive test for the steroid Stanozolol.