By the numbers: D-backs improve run differential on road trip
The Arizona Diamondbacks wrapped up a successful east coast road trip going 7-3 against the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.
Despite sitting in just third place in the NL West, the D-backs are third in the National League and seventh in the MLB in run differential at +58. They improved that differential greatly on the road trip.
That number and more as we look at the numbers that stood out over the ten days:
The D-backs improved their run differential number by 20 runs over the trip. The number would have been +30 if it wasn’t for the 15-5 loss to the Nationals in the last game of the trip, but still an impressive number, nonetheless.
The Dodgers (+110) and Cubs (+62) are the only two teams in the NL with a better run differential than Arizona (+58).
To end the series against the Phillies and to start the series against the Nationals, the D-backs pitched two shutouts and held the two NL East foes scoreless for 22 consecutive innings.
Eight D-backs pitchers: T.J. McFarland, Andrew Chafin, Archie Bradley, Merrill Kelly, Greg Holland, Zack Greinke, Yoshihisa Hirano and Robbie Ray contributed to the streak.
The D-backs launched 26 home runs over the road trip. To put that in perspective, the Miami Marlins only have 50 home runs is 68 games this season.
The D-backs scored 10 or more runs twice on the trip, once against the Phillies and once against the Nationals. Against the Blue Jays, the D-backs tallied two games of eight runs and one game with six.
Offense was on full display as the D-backs averaged 6.4 runs per game on the trip. The Minnesota Twins lead the league this season averaging 5.95 runs per game.
The pitching staff tossed three shutouts on the trip. That gives them six on the season, ranking tied for fourth in the league.