"I think that Robbie Ray is one of the guys who's kind of the leader of the staff right now if you look at the performance. It's really surprising after Spring Training, with the troubles he had in spring, troubles locating his fastball and the off-speed pitches being a part of his repertoire. He's come up here from Reno and really impressed. I think that's one of the good signs."
- Chip Hale on Robbie Ray
"He's not scared at all. It's pretty good to see from somebody with not that much experience to just come up and pound the strike zone and get guys out."
- Daniel Hudson on Andrew Chafin
Without his fifth-inning heroics, Matt Harvey's seven innings of five-hit ball might not have been enough. But the righty added a major twist to his repertoire, hitting his first career home run to give New York a lead it wouldn't relent on its way to a 4-2 win over the D-backs on Saturday at Citi Field.
When Giancarlo Stanton broke his hand during an at-bat at Marlins Park, it gave baseball fans yet another reason to pay close attention to Paul Goldschmidt. The Triple Crown chase.
Robbie Ray will get the start for the D-backs when the second half opens Friday night against the Giants at Chase Field. Ray will be followed in the rotation by Jeremy Hellickson, Patrick Corbin, Rubby De La Rosa and Chase Anderson.
No one questions the quality of left-hander Andrew Chafin's stuff, but when teammates and coaches talk about what makes the Diamondbacks reliever so effective, the first thing they mention is his confidence.
The D-backs and Mets close out their three-game series as well as the first half on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field with Rubby De La Rosa squaring off against Jon Niese, who will look to pitch New York to a sweep.