Diamondbacks Ups and Downs: Trends for July 13-19

The Diamondbacks, much like Ziegler's mechanics, were both up and down this week. Mostly down. (Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE)

The first road trip of the second half was not kind to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dbacks were swept by the Cubs and tied the Reds, losing the final game late. I think they are mighty glad to be going home this afternoon.

Read on to see how the Diamondbacks did this past week.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Kennedy got knocked around by the Cubs in Arizona's first game back from the break, being tagged for six runs in only five innings. However, he really redeemed himself with a fabulous start Wednesday night against the Reds - eight innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts.
Wade Miley
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Wade struggled just a little bit in his first post-All Star game against the Reds. He struck out six and allowed only three runs, but he was pulled by Gibson with two outs in the 6th inning, at only 98 pitches. He earned the win.
Trevor Cahill
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A typical Cahill-like performance against Chicago on Monday afternoon - three runs, three walks, a home run, and he didn't get out of the 6th inning.
Joe Saunders
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Joe did just alright in his first game off the DL. Four runs (three earned) in six innings isn't bad in theory, but the Cubs had three of those runs after the 4th inning. He struck out four, didn't walk any, and only reached 90 pitches, so those are positives.
Josh Collmenter
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Briefly demoted to the bullpen when Saunders came off the DL, but is back in a starting role after Bauer struggled. He relieved Bauer in Cincinnati Tuesday and worked three scoreless innings, striking out five.
Trevor Bauer
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Against Cincinnati, Bauer struggled again, in what was deemed an "interesting" game by Nick P - four runs on one hit and five walks in just three innings. That earned him a flight to Reno.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Jonathan Albaladejo
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Was recalled from AAA Reno for Trevor Bauer. Has yet to make an appearance.
Craig Breslow
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Breslow had a pretty good week. None of the Cubs base runners he inherited Sunday afternoon scored, and he threw a scoreless inning Tuesday against the Reds.
Patrick Corbin
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Corbin's reward for throwing a scoreless 8th inning against the Cubs was a demotion to Reno. It really wasn't his fault, though - the team would just rather see him as a starter than a long reliever.
David Hernandez
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Hernandez continues to show why he might be our closer next season - he's three-for-three in perfect innings since the break.
J.J. Putz
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J.J. pitched a clean inning in Chicago just because he needed the work; he saved the Monday's win against the Reds.
Bryan Shaw
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Shaw is becoming more of a see-saw than I think anybody is comfortable with. He pitched fine in Chicago - two innings, one hit, one walk, no runs - but really messed up today in Cinci. After an easy out, he walked two, and after Goldy's error scored one run, Shaw gave up a double to knock in two more.
Mike Zagurski
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Woohoo, Big Z's big ERA has finally dropped to below 5! He had a solid inning each in Chicago and Cincinatti, and also got the lefty Bruce out this afternoon.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziegler had one of his typically a-typical games last Friday, giving up two runs in one inning to make a comeback even less probable. He rebounded with 2.2 scoreless innings against the Reds; however, the one run he let in today (a baserunner of Shaw's) was the go-ahead run.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
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Willie being Willie - hitting .348 this week, with one stolen base but the two times he was caught were key...
Aaron Hill
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The man just does not stop hitting. He has 10 hits on the road trip - that's a 7-game hitting streak with a .333 average. He had a solo home run in Chicago, and two RBI today against the Reds.
Jason Kubel
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Kubel was sidelined several days with a strained hamstring, but showed how glad he was to return by going 2-for-4 against the Reds on Wednesday. Those two hits? Both home runs.
Miguel Montero
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Miggy had one fabulous day, like most of the offense, the first game against the Reds. He went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Take that out, though, and he went 3-for-21 the rest of the road trip...
Justin Upton
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At first, the lineup shuffle (Upton hitting down in the #5 spot) seemed to help - he was 3-for-4 the day of the switch in Cinci, 2-for-4 the day after, and 1-for-4 in last two games against the Reds. Before that, he was 0-for-12 in Chicago.
Chris Young
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Are we resigned to the fact that CY's bat may never return? He hit only .235 on this road trip, though he did work five walks and only had three strikeouts.
Paul Goldschmidt
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Goldy struggled a little bit on the road, hitting just .250 with two RBI and four strikeouts.
Stephen Drew
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Stephen Drew's bat is slowly getting back to form - he had a two-hit game in both Chicago and Cinci - but has already made three errors in the field.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Henry Blanco
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Henry started today's final game in Cincinatti and had one of his monster Homerin' Henry days - 2-for-3, including a two-run home run in the 5th inning.
Geoff Blum
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Blum has had better weeks. In his one start in Chicago, he went 0-for-4, though his final out was very nearly a home run or a double. He went 1-for-4 in pinch hit appearances.
Lyle Overbay
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Overbay had one start, going 0-for-5 in Monday's win, and one pinch-hit appearance today, where he singled in the 8th.
Gerardo Parra
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With Young struggling and Kubel injured, Parra got most of the starts. He only went 5-for-20, with no RBI and no runs scored.
Ryan Roberts
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Ryan was relegated to pinch-hit duty (2-for-3) until the last two games. He was 2-for-3 with a walk Wednesday, but 0-for-3 Thursday.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Daniel Hudson
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The cast is off, and he started physical therapy a few days after surgery.
John McDonald
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McDonald has been working out at Salt River fields and, according to Gibson today, might even return tomorrow...
Takashi Saito
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Saito returned to Arizona League action Tuesday and threw a scoreless inning.

Stats run from 7/13 - 7/19.

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