Diamondbacks Ups and Downs: Division Series

Fans cheer as relief pitcher J.J. Putz celebrates with Miguel Montero after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Four

First things first. A huge collective up-arrow for the team, who defied pre-series predictions that they were the worst team in the post-season, to come within a sacrifice-fly of defeating the Brewers in a decisive Game 5. They showed immense heart and determination in coming back to win consecutive elimination games, and only five major-league teams played deeper into October. Not bad for a team almost universally picked by the pundits to finish dead last in their division.

After the jump, we'll look at who got us to extra innings in Game 5.

 

Rotation Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Fought really hard in both his starts, but largely suffered death by a thousand cute, with the Brewers blooping, bleeding and shallow sac-flying their way past him. Went toe-to-toe with Gallardo in Game 5, and kept the Diamondbacks in the game.
Daniel Hudson Sure his Game Two performance will burn in Hudson's mind over the winter, as he was tagged for nine hits in 5.2 innings. That's a mark reached only twice in his last 21 regular-season starts. But he did give us the Tweet of the Season!
Joe Saunders If this was Joe's last start for Arizona - a topic sure to be discussed over the winter - it was a disappointing way to go. He scattered five hits and two walks in three frames, and was quickly hooked by Cap'n Kirk, after teetering on the edge of a big inning.
Josh Collmenter
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Easily the best performance of our post-season pitchers, holding a powerful Milwaukee offense to two hits in seven, with just one run allowed. Really stepped up and delivered, when the team needed it most, teetering on the edge of being swept.



Bullpen

J.J. Putz
Took the L in the decider, and just didn't seem at his sharpest. Was pitching for the third time in four days there though - and none of them were in save situations.
David Hernandez
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png As in the regular season, an absolute work-horse: Appeared in all but one games, giving him 78 in total. Gave up a two-run homer, but had a K:BB ratio of 6:0 in 5.1 innings.
Bryan Shaw http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png For a 23-year old who made his major-league debut less than four months ago, he pitched really well. Four scoreless innings, and struck out the Milwaukee side in Game 5. 
Micah Owings
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png When Saunders faltered in Game 3, it was to Owings that Gibson turned, and he steadied the ship, putting up a pair of crucial zeroes, with another in Game 2.
Joe Paterson http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Struck out Prince Fielder, the only batter he saw. Still, that's enough for me!
Brad Ziegler
A post-season ERA this year of 108.00 for Ziegler. Ouch. Obviously Game 2 will have him waking up screaming for some time, thanks to its perfect storm of tragedy.
Jarrod Parker
Not quite the entry in to the play-offs he hoped for either, retiring one batter and being lifted with the bases loaded. Had his share of bad luck, and I'm sure better is in his future.



Starters


Miguel Montero
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png After a poor couple of games in Milwaukee, Montero really came through for Arizona, having good at-bats and ending the series batting .300 (6-for-20).  And he gave us The Snake, which I look forward to seeing in 2012.
Paul Goldschmidt
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png MVP for the series? You can certainly make that case, as Goldschmift truly did happen. He went 7-for-16 with two homers and six driven in. Shame he missed Game 1...
Aaron Hill
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Hit .278 but got on base at a .435 clip, thanks to five walks, compared to only three K's. Unfortunately, one of those was in the ninth inning of Game 5.
Willie Bloomquist
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Say what you like about Bloomquist - and heaven knows, we've said a lot here - he went 7-for-22 (.318) in the lead-off spot and stole three bases without being caught. Hard to pick fault.
Ryan Roberts
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Hit .350 with, like Goldchmidt, two home-runs and six RBI, so another possible MVP of the team. Remarkable to remind ourselves, again, he barely made the team out of Spring Training.
Gerardo Parra
Finally broke his goose-egg with a ninth-inning double, but matched Rickie Weeks by going 1-for-18 in the division series. One walk and seven strikeouts too: forgettable.
Chris Young http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png And another MVP candidate here, going 7-for-18 with three home-runs, a 1.394 OPS that led the starters, and some highlight reel defense that helped keep Game 5 in check.
Justin Upton
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png While he didn't have the most hits, Upton still ended with an .804 OPS, and his two homers were potentially crucial, tying up Game 2 and giving us the lead in Game 5.



Bench


John McDonald
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Two appearances as a late-inning defensive replacement, never got to the plate.
Collin Cowgill
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Only got one at-bat, but took full advantage, rifling a very important two-run single as a pinch-hitter for Saunders in Game Four.
Sean Burroughs
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png 2009: "I was running from people who weren't real. I was talking to light poles. I would sit in the bathrooms of Starbucks for six, eight hours afraid to get out. I would hear police helicopters above me and there wasn't any.'' 2011: the MLB playoffs.
Lyle Overbay
It would have been a nice story if a survivor from the 2001 Diamondbacks had got back to the World Series a decade later. But Overbay's 0-for-4 with two K's didn't help.
Henry Blanco
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Finally got to bat in the ninth inning of Game 5, but there would be no Henry-oics this time as he stranded the go-ahead run in scoring position.
Geoff Blum
0-for-2 with two K's. See you in 2012...
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