Arizona Diamondbacks set to host baseball’s hottest team in the Cincinnati Reds

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (2-5) vs. CINCINNATI REDS (5-1)
RHP Taylor Widener (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Tyler Mahle (1-0, 3.60)
Fri., April 9, 2021 • 6:40 p.m. AZT • Chase Field • Phoenix, Ariz.
Bally Sports Arizona • 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station • TUDN Radio 105.1 FM
Game No. 8 • Home Game No. 1 • Home: 0-0 • Road: 2-5

PROBABLE PITCHERS

VS. REDS
April 10 – 5:10 p.m. Bally + · MLBN · 98.7 · 105.1
TBA vs.
RHP Jeff Hoff man (1-0, 1.80)
April 11 – 1:10 p.m. Bally · MLBN · 98.7 · 105.1
RHP Luke Weaver (0-0, 4.76) vs.
RHP José De León (0-0, 3.60)
VS. A’S
April 10 – 5:10 p.m. Bally + · MLBN · 98.7 · 105.1
TBA vs. RHP Chris Bassitt (0-2, 5.56)

HERE’S THE STORY: The D-backs went 2-5 on the season-opening trip @ Padres (1-3) and @ Rockies (1-2).
♦ The D-backs are 4-3 in their last 7 games vs. Reds and 9-9
in their last 18 games since 2017.
KETEL ON THE INJURED LIST: Yesterday, Ketel Marte was placed
on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain…
couple of notes entering yesterday:
• Hit safely in 5 of his fi rst 6 games, including 5 straight to begin the season.
• His 1.346 OPS was sixth in the Majors.
MIKE BELL’S LEGACY LIVES ON: Among the players currently on
the D-backs’ active roster who came up through the farm
system under Mike Bell’s oversight are: Nick Ahmed, Taylor
Clarke, Stefan Crichton, Kevin Ginkel, Tim Locastro, Yoan
López, Ketel Marte, Wyatt Mathisen, Matt Peacock, David
Peralta, Geraldo Perdomo, Josh Rojas, Pavin Smith, Riley
Smith, Christian Walker, Taylor Widener and Alex Young.

HOME OPENER: The D-backs are 13-10 in their fi rst home game
of the season (includes the 2014 opener in Sydney, Australia), including winning 3 of their last 4.
♦Have faced the Reds twice for the home opener…won
13-2 on April 8, 2011 and 3-2 on April 9, 2007, won 3-2.
Year Date Opponent Result Record
2020 July 30 Dodgers L, 3-6 2-5
2019 April 5 Red Sox W, 15-8 4-4
2018 March 29 Rockies W, 8-2 1-0
2017 April 2 Giants W, 6-5 1-0
2016 April 4 Rockies L, 5-10 0-1
2015 April 6 Giants L, 4-5 0-1
2014 March 22 – Sydney Dodgers L, 1-3 0-1
March 31 – Chase Giants L, 8-9 0-3
2013 April 1 Cardinals W, 6-2 1-0
2012 April 6 Giants W, 5-4 1-0
2011 April 8 Reds W, 13-2 3-3
2010 April 5 Padres W, 6-3 1-0
2009 April 6 Rockies W, 9-8 1-0
2008 April 7 Dodgers W, 9-3 5-2
2007 April 9 Reds W, 3-2 6-2
2006 April 11 Rockies L, 5-6 3-4
2005 April 4 Cubs L, 6-16 0-1
2004 April 6 Rockies L, 2-6 0-1
2003 March 31 Dodgers L, 0-8 0-1
2002 April 1 Padres W, 2-0 1-0
2001 April 6 Cardinals L, 9-12 2-2
2000 April 4 Phillies W, 6-4 1-0
1999 April 12 Dodgers W, 12-6 2-5
1998 March 31 Rockies L, 2-9 0-1

TOUCHING ALL THE BASES
HOME OPENER FESTIVITIES FOR TODAY: D-backs’ Opening Day festivities today will include:
• A tribute to frontline workers including doctors, nurses
and staff from Banner Heath, Dignity Health, Phoenix
Children’s Hospital, Steward Health Care and AMR as well
as Chevrolet’s Community MVPs
• Ceremonial fi rst pitch by Arizona Department of Health
Services Director Dr. Cara M. Christ
• Moment of silence for the late D-backs Vice President of
Player Development Mike Bell
• National anthem sung by Retired U.S. Navy Petty Offi cer
First Class Steven Powell
• Flyover by four F-16s from the 310th Fighter Squadron
from Luke Air Force Base at conclusion of the anthem
• Gates will open at 5 p.m.
• The fi rst 5,000 fans will receive a clear tote bag, courtesy
of Gila River Hotels & Casinos.

VS. REDS: David Peralta, in 21 career games, is hitting .333
(24-for-72) with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 4 homers, 12 RBI and 6
walks.
♦Stephen Vogt, in 21 career games, is hitting .300 (18-for60) with 7 doubles, 2 homers, 7 RBI and 3 walks.
LOCASTRO TIES A RECORD (SINCE 1951): Tim Locastro’s steal of
second base in the seventh inning on April 2 @ Padres was
his 27th straight stolen base to start his career, matching
Tim Raines (1979-81) for the longest streak to start a career
since 1951.
♦ Since 2020, has hit safely in 16 of his 19 starts at a .292 clip
(21-for-72)/.378 OBP/.444 SLG with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2
homers, 5 RBI, 6 walks, 4 HBP and 5 stolen bases.
♦ Since 2020, in 17 games in the leadoff spot, is hitting .290
(18-for-62) with 1 double, 1 triple, 2 homers, 6 RBI, 6 walks
and 4 HBP.

TRIP (2-5)

AVG/OBP/SLG ……………….. .209/.270/.364
RISP ……………………………… .149 (10-for-67)
Team ERA ………………………………………… 5.37
Starters W-L-QS | ERA ……….. 1-4-1 | 6.95
Bullpen W-L-SV | ERA ………… 1-1-1 | 3.49

RHP TAYLOR WIDENER ♦ #57 ♦ R/R ♦ 6-0/203 ♦ 26 (OCT. 24, 1994)

Taylor Widener

AT A GLANCE: Second season with the D-backs, fourth in the
organization.
• In 2019, D-backs No. 3 prospect by MLB.com and No. 7 by
Baseball America…in 2018, No. 4 prospect for both.
• Acquired on Feb. 20, 2018 from the Yankees as part of a
3-team deal with the Rays.
• Yankees’ 12th-round pick in the 2016 draft out of the University of South Carolina (2014-16).
MEDIA GUIDE NOTES: His hometown of Aiken, S.C. also produced William “Refrigerator” Perry and professional wrestler Big Show.
• Spent the last 2 off seasons – 2019/20 and ’20/21 – working
on the grounds crew at a Scottsdale golf course.
• As a kid, did lawn maintenance around his neighborhood.
• His favorite player was Chipper Jones.
FIRST STARTING NOD: Made his fi rst career start on April 4 @
Padres and tossed 6.0 shutout frames.
VS. REDS: First career game.
SPRING TRAINING : In 4 Cactus League games (2 starts), went
1-0 with a 3.68 ERA (6 ER in 14.2 IP), .218 opponent average,
3 walks and 19 strikeouts.
2020 RECAP: Made 12 relief appearances in his debut season,
going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (10 ER in 20.0 IP), .192 opponent
average and 22 strikeouts.
• Made his Major League debut on July 25, 2020, @ Padres
and tossed 1.2 scoreless frames (1 BB, 1 K).
• Opponents hit .191 (9-for-47) off his 4-seam fastball and
.167 (2-for-12) off his slider.
• Had 6 strikeouts on Aug. 9 @ Padres (3.0 IP) and Aug. 18
vs. A’s (3.0 IP), 1 shy of the club record for a reliever in 3.0
innings or fewer.
FROM 2018-19: Went 11-15 with a 5.01 ERA (132 ER in 237.1
IP) in a combined 49 games (48 starts) between Triple-A
Reno (2019) and Double-A Jackson (2018).

CAREER HIGHS

INNINGS: ……………………6.0, April 4 @ Padres
STRIKEOUTS: …………………5, April 4 @ Padres
SCORELESS INNINGS STREAK: ……………….. 6.0
April 4-present
HITLESS INNINGS TO START: …………………… 1.0
April 4 @ Padres

STATCAST

PITCH PCT. AVG.
4-seamer…….. 71.6 ………. .188
Slider………….. 17.3 ………. .000
Changeup ……. 11.1 ………. .000

2020, 2021 & CAREER RECORD
YEAR W-L ERA G-S IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
2020 0-1 4.50 12-0 20.0 14 10 10 5 12 22 .192 1.30
2021 1-0 0.00 1-1 6.0 3 0 0 0 3 5 .150 1.00
Totals 1-1 3.46 13-1 26.0 17 10 10 5 15 27 .183 1.23

2021 STARTS
DATE OPP RESULT W/L ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO TP
4/4 @ SD W, 3-1 W 0.00 6.0 3 0 0 0 3 5 81
Totals 1-0 0.00 6.0 3 0 0 0 3 5

VS. REDS

PLAYER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
No batters faced

VS. REDS

Overall: 2021: 0-0 All-Time: 71-76
Home: 2021: 0-0 All-Time: 31-40
Road: 2021: 0-0 All-Time: 40-36

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

DATE PLAYER TRANSACTION
4/9 Kole Calhoun Reinstated from the 10-day injured list
(right knee medial meniscus tear)
Andrew Young Optioned to Alternate Training Site
4/8 Andrew Young Recalled from Taxi Squad
Ketel Marte Placed on the 10-day injured list (right
hamstring strain)
4/7 Anthony Swarzak Selected from Alternate Training Site
Chris Devenski Placed on Restricted List
4/6 Matt Peacock Recalled from Taxi Squad

INJURED LIST

10-DAY IL: Nick Ahmed (right knee inflammation), Zac Gallen
(right forearm hairline stress fracture of radial head), Ketel
Marte (right hamstring strain), Joakim Soria (strained left calf)
60-DAY IL: Tyler Clippard (right shoulder sprained capsule)

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