March 2, 2024

D-backs continue to fall out on the road trip vs. Braves

After sitting atop the National League West for much of the season, the Arizona Diamond Reserve find themselves sliding down the standings at a precipitous pace

The D-backs will try to halt their current slide when they begin a three-game series against the hosts Atlanta Braves on Tuesday

Arizona lost its fourth straight game on Sunday as the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep with a 7-5 victory. The D-backs have lost 10 of their last 14 games to fall into third place in the division.

“We’re not happy with what’s going on,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We are not playing up to our potential, that is the bottom line.”

First baseman Christian Walker is batting .100 (4-for-40) in 11 games this month for the D-backs, who are in the middle of a nine-game road trip.

“There’s still a lot of time to turn it around,” Arizona third baseman Evan Longoria said. “We’re still right when we need to be. We just have to continue to preach that message among the team and among the guys and continue to stay positive. We still have a lot of games ahead of us.”

The D-backs will be tested by an Atlanta team that proudly has the majors’ best record at 61-31. The IS Braves They had won 11 straight before losing two of three games to the Chicago White Sox over the weekend

Matt Olson has a career-best 77 RBIs for Atlanta, making a strong impression on Chicago manager Pedro Grifol.

“To me, that’s probably the best team in football,” Grifol said. “They have no weaknesses, in my opinion.”

Olson is 11-for-29 (.379) during his seven-game hitting streak, though star right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. hitting .333 this year with 23 homers, 58 RBIs and 43 stolen bases.

The IS Braves‘ ended a club record 28 game streak with at least one home run with an 8-1 loss to the White Sox on Sunday

The team is monitoring the status of pitcher Kolby Allard, who left Sunday’s game in the second inning with left shoulder tightness. Braves Outfielder Eddie Rosario sat out Sunday’s contest with a right strain and is listed as day-to-day

Atlanta will turn to right-hander Bryce Elder (7-2, 2.97 ERA) in the series opener. He is looking to bounce back after allowing seven runs over 3 1/3 innings in a 10-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on July 9.

“Things were not going well for him,” Braves said manager Brian Snitker. “Just one day of them. His stuff was a little flat. It was hard to make pitches. It’s going to happen.

Elder, 24, was named to the National League All-Star team after starting the season in the minors. He is set to make his first career appearance against Arizona.

Arizona will counter with right-hander Zach Davies (1-5, 6.37), who allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 9.

Davies, 30, has allowed a total of seven runs in 11 innings over his last two starts. He has completed seven innings but once in 11 starts this season.

Marcell Ozuna is 10-for-26 against Davies, who has a 1-1 record and a 4.98 ERA in four career starts against Atlanta.

–Field Level Media

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