The Pirates activated outfielder Starling Marte from the 10-day disabled list and will be in the lineup against the Cardinals on Saturday, the team
Marte was sent to the DL on May 16 and was replaced by top outfield prospect Austin Meadows. Despite Marte’s activation, Meadows will keep his roster spot. Instead, first baseman Jose Osuna has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Marte.
Marte was a strong contributor prior to his injury, posting a triple slash of .308/.366/.503 with six home runs and 10 stolen bases.
DeGrom is 0-3 with a 3.26 ERA in six career regular-season starts against the Dodgers. He has beaten every other team he has faced more than once.
Kershaw is 8-0 with a 1.84 ERA in 12 regular-season starts against the Mets. He is undefeated against eight other teams but has beaten only one of those squads, the Atlanta Braves, more than twice.
The Diamondbacks this month have 178 hits, nine triples, 81 walks and 32 homers.
A couple of players — leadoff batter Jon Jay and Paul Goldschmidt — seem to have sparked Arizona’s offense.
Jay has multiple hits in seven of his 14 games since he was acquired by trade June 6 from Kansas City. He has reached base in all but one game and reached base twice in eight games. He has scored 16 runs with eight RBI.
He’s come in and he’s been unbelievable for us at the top of the lineup, Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen told the Arizona Republic. Almost every day he’s getting on base a couple of times and he’s just sparking us in so many different ways. He’s giving us professional at-bats. That’s something that we weren’t putting together consistently during that rut in May, which we’ve come around to doing now. It’s all sort of adding back up together again.
Don’t look for Jay to cough up any secrets.