After a 5-1 homestand, the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves taking a trip east for a quick two team road trip. First up, they will take on the Atlanta Braves starting Tuesday. This becomes a pivotal road trip for the D-backs as they find themselves just 5.5 games out of first place in the NL West. What should help them is the fact that the Braves are only 15-17 at Turner Field this year.
The most intriguing storyline for this upcoming road trip is in regards to who will pitch for the Diamondbacks on Thursday night. Lefty Joe Saunders was recently played on the 15-day disabled list and his spot in the rotation comes up that night. Many have speculated that Trevor Bauer, the third overall pick for the D-backs in 2011, will get the call up from AAA Reno. While in the minors, the young phenom has posted an impressive 11-1 record with a 2.79 ERA. Josh Collmenter, who filled in admirably for Saunders last weekend, could also get the nod.
If Bauer is called up, he will immediately be subjected to some very talented Atlanta batters. Although the Braves are currently on a two-game losing streak, the club boasts some big name such as Martin Prado, Jason Heyward, Dan Uggla and of course, Chipper Jones, all players that could get hot at any minute. If the D-backs want to win, comebacks will be very difficult to accomplish against Atlanta's supreme bullpen talent.
Thursday, June 28, 7:10 PM EST: Unknown vs. Jair Jurrjens (1-2, 6.75)