The Diamondbacks have dropped the first two games of the season to the new-look Padres. Here’s hoping this is all just part of some plan to get other teams overly confident and have them fall asleep against Arizona when it matters most.
Merrill Kelly allowed three runs through four innings of work as a starter. Josh Rojas’ defense at shortstop, while not bad, reminded Arizona fans of just how spoiled they have been to have Nick Ahmed playing the position for the last five seasons. Ketel Marte, through two games, appears to be in 2019 form.
Merrill Kelly pitched his way into the fifth inning, but could not make his way back out of that inning. He threw 94 pitches in the outing, 56 of them for strikes. For his first outing since the blood clot scare, this is an acceptable result. Hopefully, he will be able to build on it moving forward.
It is only two games, but so far, Ketel Marte is 6-for-10 with a pair of home runs. He has been a dynamic force on the offense so far in Arizona’s two losses.
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