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By the numbers: D-backs improve run differential on road trip

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones, center, celebrates with teammates Nick Ahmed, left, and Ketel Marte after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington. Arizona won 5-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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:

+20

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).

22

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.

26

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.

10

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.

6.4

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.

0

The pitching staff tossed three shutouts on the trip. That gives them six on the season, ranking tied for fourth in the league.

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