Diamondbacks Ups and Downs: September 15th-21st

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 21: Chris Young #24, Justin Upton #10 and Gerardo Parra #8 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate with teammates after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on September 21, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamodbacks defeated 8-5. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

So close we can practically taste it. And I trust I need not spell out what "it" is. A mixed bag of results for Arizona, who had to salvage the series finale in San Diego, but did then come home and take two of three from Pittsburgh. That's a 3-3 record, fractionally outscoring the opposition, 18-16. With a team ERA of 2.60,.but a collective OPS of .695, seems that, as a whole, the pitchers were up and the hitters down this week. But let's break it down further, and see which players enjoyed riding the roller-coaster of small sample-size, in our final weekly trends. For next time, it'll be a little different...

Rotation Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Kennedy became the youngest NL pitcher since Dontrelle Willis to reach 20 wins, with a majestic performance, dominating the Pirates with eight innings of one-hit ball. If we make the post-season, he can go toe-to-toe with anyone.
Daniel Hudson Hudson's shortest outing since August 8, as he lasted only five innings and took the loss against Pittsburgh. He allowed seven hits and an uncharacteristically-high three walks, dropping back to back decisions.
Joe Saunders http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Perhaps the most important start of Saunders' time in Arizona, as he proved a stopper in San Diego, ending a three-game losing streak and calming a lot of nerves. He came within one out of a complete game, and allowed only an unearned run.
Josh Collmenter
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Scattered eight hits over seven innings in San Diego, but the three runs allowed, coupled with no run support, were enough to take the loss. However, did get back his control, walking no opposing hitters.
Wade Miley
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Two starts for Miley, with similar lines: both resulted in five hits, two runs, both earned, and three strikeouts. Curiously, the loss in San Diego was probably a bit better than the win at Chase, as it lasted an inning longer. But a 3.27 ERA overall is fine.



Bullpen

J.J. Putz
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Tied the franchise record by converting his 22nd consecutive save opportunity. Since his last blown save he has worked 20.1 innings, allowing 11 hits, with a K:BB ratio of 25:3.
David Hernandez
Only appeared once, but it wasn't pretty as he gave up a two run homer against the Pirates, that proved to be the margin of defeat. Still, better now than in the play-offs....
Bryan Shaw http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Appeared three times, allowing a hit on two runs and a walk, with a trio of strikeouts. I like his stuff, still a work in progress, but should be useful in 2012.
Micah Owings
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Gave up a bomb on virtually his first pitch yesterday, but that was it for the week. Not really a long reliever, both appearances lasting one frame. Scattered four hits and a walk.
Joe Paterson http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Got a big out yesterday, ending the eighth inning with the tying run at the plate. Over two games, pitched an inning, with a hit, no walks and a strikeout.
Brad Ziegler
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Did give up a run in three outings, covering 2.2 innings. However, with four earned runs in 20 innings, is still more valuable for us than Brandon Allen is for Oakland...
Zach Duke
Qmark_medium Not seen this week. This is probably a good thing in general for the team, since our record is 4-7 in Duke sightings, since he moved to the 'pen.
Ryan Cook,
Sam Demel,
Alberto Castillo
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Cook was the only one to come into a game, working a scoreless inning with one walk and a K.



Starters


Miguel Montero
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Continues to be on fire, tied for the team lead in hits this week. Nothing new there, as he been excellent for more than a month now. Miggy has hit safely in 25 of the last 27 games, averaging .353 over that time, with a 1.030 OPS.
Paul Goldschmidt
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Warming slightly. 4-for-14 with a double and a home-run, and a decent K:BB ratio of 3:2. The net result was a .286 average and .924 OPS. I would probably like to see him play every day, but four of six games isn't too bad.
Aaron Hill
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png A solid week for Hill, who went 6-for-22 and his four RBI led the team. He has 33 hits in less than a month since coming from Toronto, and is hitting .308 in Arizona. He had 37 for the Blue Jays over his last two months with them.
Willie Bloomquist
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Bloomquist hit .294 last week, but it was an empty, thoroughly non-Moneyball .294, containing  no walks and one extra-base. The resulting .647 OPS was close enough to Willie's career average (.655) to merit a flat-line, since he also went 2-0 in stolen-bases.
Ryan Roberts
Roberts is on one of his cold streaks, batting .185 since August 21, with a mere 12 hits in that time, though seven of them were for extra-bases. His season average is down below .250, the lowest it has been since late July.
Gerardo Parra
Parra hasn't had back-to-back games without a hit this month, but this week was not one of his best. He did have five hits and stole a couple of bases, but all the hits were singles, leading to a BA = SLG = .217 and a sub-.500 OPS.
Chris Young http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Is Young coming back? His second consecutive up-arrow, leading the team in hits (tied), walks and the Triple Crown of BA (.444), OBP (.565) and OPS (1.176). Only three NL players (Fielder, Votto and Cabrera) have as many walks in the second-half.
Justin Upton
Not awful - indeed, a .742 OPS is thirty points above NL average this year. However, this is Justin Upton we're discussing, and standards here are higher. His walk-rate has dropped: four in the last 69 PAs, with 16 strikeouts.



Bench


John McDonald
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Seems to have become the late-inning defensive replacement for Willie Bloomquist, doing that twice in the Pirates series. Did get three hits in his seven at-bats.
Collin Cowgill
Qmark_medium No sign of him since the 14th.
Sean Burroughs
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Squeezed out a Texas Leaguer in four at-bats/
Lyle Overbay
Last hit came on September 10. Of his nine hits since coming to the team, eight came in three games.
Henry Blanco
Qmark_medium Didn't even get into the contest on Sunday, a day-game after a night one.
Geoff Blum
Hasn't reached base safely since September 10.
Robby Hammock
Qmark_medium And if Blanco doesn't play, you know Robby didn't! Only six games left.....
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