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Series preview: Mets vs. Diamondbacks

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Associated Press/Getty ImagesThe Mets face two southpaws to open a four-game series vs. Arizona: Wade Miley and Patrick Corbin.
METS (33-45, fourth place/NL East) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (42-39, first place/NL West)

Monday: RHP Shaun Marcum (1-9, 5.08) vs. LHP Wade Miley (4-7, 4.55), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.72) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.22), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Matt Harvey (7-1, 2.00) vs. RHP Randall Delgado (0-2, 4.05), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (3-4, 5.36), 1:10 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• Closer J.J. Putz was activated from the disabled list Saturday. The ex-Met had been sidelined since May 7 with a right elbow strain, which had caused tingling in his fingers. Fellow-ex Met Heath Bell handled the closing duties for seven weeks minus Putz. Although Bell has flirted with danger, he has converted 10 of his last 11 save opportunities.


Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesJ.J. Putz returned from the disabled list Saturday.


• First baseman Paul Goldschmidt leads the NL with 67 RBIs, four ahead of runner-up Allen Craig of St. Louis. Goldschmidt’s 4.2 WAR rating ranks third in the NL, trailing only Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (5.0) and David Wright (4.5).

• Outfielder Gerardo Parra had been 1-for-20 on the road trip before producing two hits Sunday. Atlanta nonetheless completed a weekend sweep, dropping Arizona to 1-5 on its NL East tour. Parra (.301, 7 homers, 26 RBIs) has been caught stealing nine times in 15 attempts.

Patrick Corbin, while unbeaten, is bidding for his 10th win for his sixth straight start. He last earned a win June 2. In his string of five straight no-decisions, Corbin has a 2.55 ERA and .197 opponent batting average.

Arizona starters actually are winless in 22 straight games. That is the longest streak in the majors since San Diego Padres starters went winless in 25 straight games in April/May 2009, according to STATS. The streak is the second-longest in Diamondbacks history -- trailing only a 24-game winless streak by their starting pitchers in 1998.

• Right-hander Randall Delgado, who starts Wednesday, arrived with Martin Prado as well as Brandon Drury, Nick Ahmed and Zeke Spruill in the Jan. 24 trade that sent Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to the Braves. After 13 starts for Triple-A Reno, Delgado made his Diamondbacks debut June 3, coinciding with Brandon McCarthy landing on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Delgado twice has faced the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate this season. He surrendered a homer to Andrew Brown while getting charged with five runs in 3 1/3 innings on May 1. Delgado rebounded to limit Las Vegas to one run, albeit on nine hits and two walks, in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision on May 28.

McCarthy has advanced in his rehab to throwing bullpen sessions.

• Third baseman Eric Chavez (oblique) returned from the disabled list Friday. Eric Hinske, who had started only three games this season and was hitting .173, was designated for assignment to clear the roster spot for Chavez’s return.

• Outfielder Cody Ross is hitting .389 against left-handed pitching and .187 against right-handed pitching this season. He signed a three-year, $26 million contract as a free agent in December.

• Catcher Miguel Montero signed a five-year, $60 million extension last season that locks him up through 2017. It was the largest contract in Diamondbacks history. The workhorse Montero (.226, 5 HR, 27 RBIs) has started 70 of the Diamondbacks’ 81 games behind the plate, including 21 straight before Wil Nieves handled the duty Sunday.

ESPN Stats analyzes Braves-Dbacks swap

January, 24, 2013
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From ESPN Stats & Information ...

The Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks announced a seven-player trade Thursday. Atlanta gets outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson. Arizona gets infielder Martin Prado, pitcher Randall Delgado, minor-league infielders Nick Ahmed and Brandon Drury and minor-league pitcher Zeke Spruill.


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Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton are reunited with the Braves.


NOTES & GRAPHICS

From Elias: B.J. and Justin Upton could become only the fourth pair of brothers to play at least 100 games each in the outfield for the same team in the same season. The only brothers to do so were Paul and Lloyd Waner for the Pirates (10 times from 1927 to 1938), Jesus and Matty Alou for the Giants (1965), and Tony and Billy Conigliaro for the Red Sox (1970).

Justin Upton Highest BA by Ballpark
Chase Field .307
Turner Field .293
Petco Park .291
Citi Field .283
<< Minimum 10 games

* The Upton brothers provide a power upgrade over the men they replace in the Atlanta outfield, Martin Prado and Michael Bourn, but besides home runs, the jump isn't substantial.

Justin and B.J. Upton
vs Michael Bourn and Martin Prado Last Season

Uptons, Bourn/Prado
BA .263, .288
HR 45, 19
XBH 106, 103
Slug pct .442, .414

* Justin Upton had a down season in 2012 compared to his 2011 campaign. While his averages were often similar, his power was down.

Justin Upton Last 2 Seasons
2011, 2012
BA .289, .280
OBP .369, .355
HR 31, 17
RBI 88, 67

Highest OPS Among NL Outfielders Since 2008
Ryan Braun .933
Matt Holliday .924
Carlos Beltran .870
Andrew McCutchen .858
Matt Kemp .855
Andre Ethier .844
Justin Upton .842
<< Minimum 500 games

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* Justin Upton really struggled against offspeed pitches in 2012. He batted .300 against the fastball, but that average was just .245 against offspeed stuff.

Justin Upton vs Offspeed Pitches in 2012
BA .245
Slug pct .368
OPS .675
K pct 23.2 >> << 16.8% vs fastball

* Martin Prado ranked 10th in the NL in WAR last season (5.4), providing more than twice Upton's value (2.1). Prado has accumulated 12.1 wins above replacement since 2010. In that span, Upton has 9.2 wins above replacement.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 7 38 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 17
RBIL. Duda 53
RD. Murphy 58
OPSL. Duda .855
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 121