Diamondbacks Ups and Downs: Trends for July 20 - 25

Ryan Wheeler got his first hit, first run, and first out at the plate all in his first game. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Tacos, tacos, and more tacos! The Diamondbacks put a taco truck load of runs on the scoreboard this past week (45) while tying a season-high five-game win streak. It was nice to see some offense, and mostly some good pitching as well.

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

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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There's our boy - after his 8-inning, 1-run game in Cincinatti, he followed that up with an 8-inning, 2-run stint at home against Colorado. One of those runs came in the 8th inning, and he was visibly upset at allowing it. Oh yeah, and he drove in three runs with a triple - that's more than he allowed!
Wade Miley
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Wade pitched very well, throwing seven innings, allowing a run on four hits, and striking out a career-high nine Astros.
Trevor Cahill
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It seems like Cahill's ERA is going to hover around 4, and we're just going to have to live with it. He allowed four runs in both his starts this week - in under six innings against the Astros (only three earned) and under seven innings last night against the Rockies, where he took the loss.
Joe Saunders
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A very solid outing from Bazooka Joe - seven innings, two runs, nine strikeouts, and a win against Colorado. He allowed only three hits - two of them were solo home runs.
Josh Collmenter
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Josh continues to exceed expectations back in the starting role - six innings and two earned runs for The Tomahawk against the Astros. If he's not careful, our expectations will get even higher...

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Jonathan Albaladejo
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Pitched one inning, allowing a solo home run, in the 13-8 Astros victory. He was sent back down to Reno when Takashi Saito was brought off the DL.
Brad Bergesen
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Bergesen was acquired off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. His career big league numbers aren't impressive, but so far he's thrown three scoreless innings for the Diamondbacks. Can't complain about that!
Craig Breslow
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Struck out two of his three batters on Friday, and allowed a run in the 9th inning of Saturday's blowout victory. Par for the course.
David Hernandez
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Hernandez wasn't needed in the Astros series, but he closed out a 6-2 victory against the Rockies on Tuesday with a 1-2-3 9th inning.
J.J. Putz
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He too wasn't really needed against the Astros, but he worked the 9th Sunday anyway, and earned the save Monday with two strikeouts of the Rockies.
Takashi Saito
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Oh my goodness, look, Saito's no longer in the Disabled List section! Saito was recalled over the weekend and has since made two appearances. He allowed an unearned run in his first inning of work against Houston, and pitched a clean 8th inning in Tuesday's victory.
Bryan Shaw
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After allowing three runs in what was a blowout victory against Houston, Shaw was, unsurprisingly, optioned down to AAA Reno recently, when the acquisition of Brad Bergesen was completed.
Mike Zagurski
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Who would've thought Zagurski would be a stabilizing force in the bullpen? He had been working on a 5-game (4.1 IP) scoreless streak before he gave up a home run and a walk on Monday. He left without retiring a batter.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziegler made two scoreless appearances this past week. Both runners he inherited in yesterday's loss were stranded, keeping the team in the game.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
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With six hits and a sacrifice fly, Willie knocked in five RBI in only four games this past week. His 6-game hitting streak came to an end in yesterday's loss to Colorado.
Aaron Hill
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Hill saw his 13-game hitting streak come to an end Tuesday, but he started another streak with a hit yesterday. Over the past week, he was 6-for-19 with three walks and five runs scored. He stole a base, but also ground into two DPs.
Jason Kubel
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Kubel was a huge force in the Houston wins, batting in half of Saturday's runs (six) himself. He had a total of nine RBI and nine hits - five of them, home runs! However, he also struck out 10 times.
Miguel Montero
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Miggy was a little slow in the Houston series but picked it up against Colorado, going 3-for-3 with a home run in yesterday's loss. Cumulatively, he hit .435 with six RBI in the two series.
Justin Upton
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A bit of a drop from the Cinci series, Upton continued his hit streak (7 games) through Monday, but was 0-for-1 with three walks (two intentional) on Tuesday and 0-for-3 yesterday, too. But his 3-run home run on Friday was nice to see - it was his first in nearly a month.
Chris Young
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Young had a solid week. He had a 6-game hitting streak that ended yesterday, and hit .353 with four walks and six RBI. He also blasted two long balls.
Paul Goldschmidt
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Goldschmidt was one who's offensive prowess did not take flight this past week. His bright spot, in a week of hitting only .158, was a solo home run Monday. At least when he was on base, he scored, with five runs.
Stephen Drew
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Drew did just alright this week. His high point was going 2-for-4 with three RBI in Saturday's win. He hit .267 in four games of the two series.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Henry Blanco
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Henry got a pinch-hit RBI and scored a run late in Saturday's rout of the Astros.
Geoff Blum
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Geoff Blum was released by the Diamondbacks before the start of last weekend. Blum has returned to his Southern California home.
John McDonald
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McDonald was pulled off the DL to take Ryan Roberts' place on the roster. He went 1-for-4 in two games against the Rockies.
Lyle Overbay
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Overbay had one start, going 1-for-4 in Sunday's Astros game. He was 0-for-2 in two pinch-hit appearances against the Rockies.
Gerardo Parra
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Parra didn't play at all against the Rockies, but he was 4-for-8 (two doubles) with three RBI and two runs scored in the Houston series.
Ryan Roberts
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RyRo was recently traded (after he was designated for assignment) to the Tampa Bay Rays for a minor league infielder. He had gone 3-for-7 with two RBI against Houston and Colorado before the trade, and he has started off well with his new club, already clocking a two-run home run.
Ryan Wheeler
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One Ryan for another. Eventually, Wheeler will figure to get most of the playing time at third base, splitting time with Bloomquist occasionally. His family watched him get his first hit and run in his first game Friday night, and another hit Sunday.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Daniel Hudson
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No news is good news...? Poor Huddy, now the only one on the DL! ::knocks on wood::

Stats run from 7/20 - 7/25.

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