If trends continue, don't expect an offensive onslaught in Wednesday afternoon's showdown between the Pirates and D-backs at Chase Field.
For quite some time, Arizona's offense has struggled to hit left-handed pitching, while the Pittsburgh offense has simply struggled to hit.
That bodes well for the pair of southpaws -- Arizona's Wade Miley and Pittsburgh's Jonathan Sanchez -- who take the hill for the finale of a three-game set. The Bucs, winners of the first two, are seeking their first road sweep since June 14-16, 2011, in Houston.
Sanchez, a former Giant, will be pitching his second consecutive start on a familiar National League West mound. He allowed three runs in five innings at Dodger Stadium last week. Although he hasn't seen much success in Phoenix (a 5.61 ERA in 10 outings), Sanchez said the the comfort factor is an added bonus.
"Once you get out there, it doesn't really matter where you are, but I have pitched here a lot," said Sanchez, who has showed unusually solid control and command this year, including during Spring Training. "So I do feel comfortable."
Continuing a trend from last season, Arizona has posted a .121/.241/.197 slash line against lefties in 79 plate appearances.
"It's too early to think about that," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Last year we weren't very good against lefties, but that doesn't mean it's going to turn out that way this year. With really good pitchers, they are going to shut you down. It's just a matter of whether you can play the rest of the game good enough to win. That's what we focus on."
As for Miley, he had a dead arm early in Spring Training, but his fastball touched 93 mph in his first start last week -- a victory over the Brewers in which he held the Crew to one run in six innings with eight strikeouts.
"I felt good. The ball's coming out kind of live," Miley said of the last start.
D-backs: Reynolds settling in
• Left-hander Matt Reynolds has looked sharp in his first four appearances with the new club. He has yet to allow a run and given up just one hit in five innings.
"He's been real good," Gibson said. "The other day after [Miguel Montero] caught him, he said, 'Now I know why I never got a hit off him.' He's sneaky fast, you can't let the radar gun fool you with him."
Reynolds came over in the trade that sent Ryan Wheeler to the Rockies. Last season with Colorado, Reynolds pitched in 71 games, posting a 4.40 ERA.
Pirates: Huntington hanging onto arms
• The Bucs aren't planning on using their excess of pitching to acquire new bats, general manager Neal Huntington said Tuesday.
"The reality is you can not have enough pitching," Huntington said. "It's the most valued commodity."
Before Tuesday's contest, the club had mustered just 13 runs and 26 hits all season. But they backed Huntington's claim that seven games was far-too-small a sample size with six runs on 11 hits in a come-from-behind win.
• Despite the lefty-lefty matchup, Montero is hitting .417 with a pair of homers off Sanchez in his career.
• Arizona hasn't won a season series against Pittsburgh since the 2009 season and trail 2-0 this year.
• Pirates left fielder Starling Marte has eight hits in his last 17 at-bats -- all on the road.