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Preview, #53: 5/26 @ Giants

If we keep scoring 10+ runs a game, I’m hopeful we will complete the sweep...

Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Jarrod Dyson - CF Joe Panik - 2B
Ketel Marte - 2B Steven Duggar - CF
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Buster Posey - C
Adam Jones - RF Brandon Belt - 1B
Christian Walker - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Nick Ahmed - SS Brandon Crawford - SS
Blake Swihart - LF Kevin Pillar - RF
Carson Kelly - C Mike Yastrzemski - LF
Luke Weaver - RHP Shaun Anderson - RHP

By scoring 28 runs on Friday and Saturday, the D-backs tied a franchise mark for most runs scored in consecutive games. They have done this four times now, as follows:

  • Sep 26-27, 2001: 15-9 + 13-11 vs. Brewers
  • Sep 28-29, 2002: 17-8 + 11-8 vs. Rockies
  • June 4-5, 2014: 16-8 + 12-7 @ Rockies
  • May 24-25, 2019: 18-2 + 10-4 @ Giants

The +22 run differential also tied the franchise mark in back-to-back games. That has been done three times:

  • July 25-26, 2002: 10-0 + 12-0 vs. Padres
  • Aug 10-11, 2015: 13-3 + 13-1 vs. Phillies
  • May 24-25, 2019: 18-2 + 10-4 @ Giants

What do the Diamondbacks need to do this afternoon in San Francisco, in order to tie or break the three-game marks? They would have to score eight to equal and nine to set a new runs scored record. That’s currently 36. The September 2002 games against the Rockies mentioned above, were preceded by an 8-6 win against the same opponent. For run differential, the record over a three-game spell sits at +28, meaning they need to beat the Giants by six to tie and seven to set the best. That was done during the July 2002 games, again preceded by another victory - a 7-1 win over the Rockies.

These last two games have increased the team’s 2019 OPS by 16 points, which considering you’re talking over two thousand plate appearances, is quite significant. However, it’s still below what it was before the five-game losing streak of offensive futility. We came into that batting .788, but that spell of hitting a dismal .157/.234/.270 across 178 PA hemorrhaged 26 points of OPS from our season figure, dropping it to .762. It’s now back up to .778, but a good result here would give me hope the Diamondbacks we may well be able to regain all of the lost ground by the time we leave the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field on Thursday night.