PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Angels are coming to Chase Field for a three-game homestand June 11-13. After a long month in May, the Diamondbacks seemed to be turning things around by starting off June with a 6-5 win against the Mets. However, since then, they are on a seven-game losing streak and pose a 20-43 overall record, the last in the MLB.
With the Angels in town this weekend, all eyes will be on dual-threat Shohei Ohtani, who is currently tied for third in HRs this season with 17, along with Padres Fernando Tatis Jr. and Reds Jesse Winker. Ohtani hit the longest HR in his career Tuesday, June 8 against the Royals; a 470-foot bomb. Ohtani is also 2-1 in his pitching debuts so far this season, with a 2.76 ERA.
The Diamondbacks shining lights this season have been Pavin Smith and Eduardo Escobar. Smith is batting close to .300, while Escobar has 14 home runs and 41 RBIs on the season so far.
However, the Diamondbacks pitching rotation is severely banged up. Eight pitchers have officially gone down with injuries, including starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner with shoulder inflammation. Diamondbacks may be going down another pitcher, with Matt Peacock taking a chopper to the right hand in Wednesday’s game against the Athletics. Peacock’s injury was diagnosed as numbness in the right ring finger and he is day-to-day.
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Relief pitcher Chris Devenski is also out for the remainder of the season with Tommy John's surgery. The Diamondbacks are also missing outfielder Kole Calhoun, who went down in late April with a hamstring surgery.
Diamondbacks are starting to make coaching changes, parting ways with hitting coaches Darnell Coles and Eric Hinske. Triple-A Reno hitting coach Rick Short and Run Production Coordinator Drew Hedman were promoted yesterday following the announcement.
The Diamondbacks are 9-27 in away games this season; their last away win came April 25, the day of Bumgarner’s seven inning no-hitter against the Braves. Since then, they are 10-32, with a 19-game road losing streak. Diamondbacks also pose the worst ERA in the major leagues right now, with 4.97.
The Diamondbacks will look to break their losing streak Friday at 6:40 p.m. at Chase Field.