Diamondbacks Ups and Downs: July 30th-August 11th

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Due to pressures of time, Sprankton is stepping away from the trending column for a bit, so I'm taking over in the interim. There's no easy way to pull up statistics for the precise period covered since the last report a couple of weeks back, so all numbers are for the period from July 30th to August 11th inclusive. That's a 12-game span, over which the Diamondbacks went 8-4 and roared from four games back in the NL West, to a game in front  Not a bad spell. But how the did individuals involved in this rush for glory shape up?

And here we go. I've also cleaned out the table, and am only listing those players who appeared at the major-league level over the time-frame in question. We all know Stephen Drew isn't coming back this year. :-(

Rotation Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png If a little off his glorious numbers from last time, he went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA, so anything less than an up-arrow seems unjustified. As Sprankton, said, "He's just doin' his thang." That would be a sub-one WHIP with a K:BB ratio of 10:2 over 15 innings.
Daniel Hudson http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png An excellent outing against the World Series champion Giants, where Huddy allowed one run over eight innings, was followed by a disastrous one against the worst in the NL Astros, giving up seven runs in three frames. This illustrates the beauty of baseball very nicely.
Joe Saunders Three starts for Joe: one good, one mediocre and one bad, but overall a 4.74 ERA, with 27 hits and only nine K's in a total of 19 innings. He was certainly the victim of bad luck, with a BABIP of .382, but it would have been worse save for the three runners caught stealing.
Josh Collmenter
Collmenter was lit up by the Dodgers for the second time in a week, this time not even getting through three innings, with six runs on eight hits. He did rebound against the Astros, with two runs over seven frames, but his rotation spot still hangs on future performances.
Micah Owings
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png While he came away with the W, Owings wobbled in his start against the Dodgers, but rebounded with two excellent outings in long relief facing LA and Houston. There, he allowed one run over 7.2 innings, on a mere four hits.
Jason Marquis
Our great hope for the back of the rotation did his best Hindenburg impression, giving up 19 hits in only eight innings of work, leading to 11 ER The peripherals weren't pretty either, with a 3:3 K:BB ratio. He has a track-record so shouldn't be that bad. We hope,, anyway.



Bullpen

J.J. Putz
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Five saves in five opportunities, plus the win after coming into a tied game last night. The only bump was the run allowed against the Astros in Tuesday's epic 11-9 victory.
David Hernandez
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png The same numbers as Putz - one run in 5.2 innings, over six games - but a stellar 10 strikeouts. His 10.6 K/9 rate puts him #7 among relievers with 50+ IP in the majors.
Ryan Cook
Two appearances, two-thirds of an inning, three hits and a walk, back to Reno.
Bryan Shaw
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Seems to be settling in, with six sightings and a 3.38 ERA. A nice K:BB ratio of 5:1 over his 5.1 innings of work, though gave up seven hits over that time. Should see his share of work.
Joe Paterson http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Nine batters faced, eight outs, one hit. No strikeouts, but no walks either and a zero ERA. Pretty much what you want from your LOOGY..
Brad Ziegler
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png The newest member of the 'pen has seen plenty of action, throwing six innings over five games. Too many walks (4), but only one run allowed, as only four hits were given up.
Zach Duke
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Like Owings, adapting nicely to a long-relief role, though he's allowing more walks than K's, which is worrying. Still, two runs over seven innings, on six hits is more than acceptable.



Starters


Miguel Montero
Cooled off significantly, sliding below the Uecker line for this period, going 7-for-36 with 11 K's and only a .525 OPS. Still found himself moved to the clean-up spot. #Gibbyball.
Brandon Allen
Car_medium Five at-bats, and traded to Oakland for the Zieglers. So long, and thanks for all the OBP.
Paul Goldschmidt
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Normally, a .226 average with 13 K's in 31 at-bats would be firmly red, but sometimes, timing is everything. As with Young, last night's bomb provided a bumper helping of good cheer.
Kelly Johnson
Johnson continues to struggle: his season average is back to .209, the lowest since June, and he is 3-for-33 in August, a .091 average, with a dozen strikeouts. Not good.
Willie Bloomquist
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Willie being Willie, hitting .262, with a decent .333 OBP - he also hit a home-run, and has now tied his career high there [albeit with, er. four]. Not sure how many OOBs he had.
Ryan Roberts
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Led the team with a .375/.519/.575 line. That's a 1.094 OPS, but most impressive is perhaps Roberts' K:BB ratio of 5:12. That's seen him moved up to hit #1-2 the last five games.
Gerardo Parra
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Parra may also deserve a promotion soon too, having hit .389 with a 1.088 OPS, alongside his usual excellent defense in left-field.
Chris Young http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Was staring a down-arrow in the face until last night's walk-off home-run. Hitting a mere .189, though does have more walks than K's. Maybe that blast will get him going again?
Justin Upton
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Legitimate questions about his defense aside, Upton continues to hit, batting .300, with a team-leading 27 bases and ten RBI, to go with a perfectly-acceptable .880 OPS.



Bench


Collin Cowgill
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Got that difficult first hit, and has gone one to collect a good few more, going 6-for-15
Cody Ransom
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Yeah, 2-for-10, but drew some walks and showed some power, with both hits being for extra-bases. That included a crucial HR to stave off a sweep against LA. Thanks, Cody.
Sean Burroughs
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Hey, 3-for-8 with an .875 OPS? Can't complain about that.
Xavier Nady
Is one down-arrow sufficient? 1-for-15 with no extra-base hits or walks. Collmenter, who got no hits at all, still had an OPS over two hundred points better than Nady's .125.
Henry Blanco
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Seven at-bats, two hits. Almost three-quarters of the way through the season, Blanco has been on the roster the whole time, and has less than eighty PAs.
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