Diamondbacks Ups and Downs: Trends for July 26 - Aug 1

#SlapHands (Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE)

It's moving day! This past week, the Diamondbacks went 5-2, including a three game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona now sits only two and a half games back of San Francisco.

Read on to see who led the team's resurgence this past week.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Kennedy continued his strong second half with a good win against the Mets. He worked into the 7th inning and struck out nine. His only problem was allowing three (solo) home runs to Ike Davis.
Wade Miley
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Miley struggled just a bit against the Mets, allowing three runs in under six innings, but dominated the Dodgers with eight innings of one-run baseball with 7 Ks.
Trevor Cahill
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Cahill pitched better against the Dodgers, earing his 7th win with six innings, one run on six hits and three walks. (Two or three walks, no matter how many innings pitched, seems to be Cahill's standard...)
Joe Saunders
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Not great from Joe last week, giving the Mets four runs on eight hits and three walks in seven innings, and he took the loss.
Josh Collmenter
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In his game against the Mets, Josh had two bad innings in which he allowed five runs, but recovered to finish out six innings of work. Because of his counterpart's own incompetence, Collmenter earned the win.
Patrick Corbin
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He's back! After the trade deadline, Corbin was recalled from Reno to start the final game of the Dodgers series (and probably more). Despite throwing a ton of pitches early on, Corbin pitched six innings of shutout, two-hit ball - a job very well done.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Brad Bergesen
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Bergesen threw two innings against the Mets, allowing one run. He was designated for assignment on Wednesday.
Craig Breslow
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Breslow had three hitless innings in his last two appearances with the Diamondbacks before being traded to Boston.
David Hernandez
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Hernandez pitched twice against both the Mets and Dodgers, and did very well three of those four times. He allowed two hits and a run on Tuesday, but with a 7-run lead, it didn't matter.
J.J. Putz
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Putz earned a save against New York (one hit but struck out the side) and needed only nine pitches to retire the side to finish the sweep of L.A.
Takashi Saito
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Saito getting some work in and pitching very well. He allowed two hits and a run to the Dodgers, but threw an inning and two thirds, hitless, against the Mets.
Mike Zagurski
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All we've seen of Big Z recently was when he pitched a scoreless inning in the first loss to the Mets.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziegler pitched 3 2/3rds scoreless and hitless innings in the Mets and Dodgers series. That extends his scoreless streak to 7 2/3rds innings.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
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Willie is going to see less playing time with the acquisition of Chris Johnson. He played in all four games of the Mets series and went 3-for-12 with two RBI. His season average remains at .299.
Aaron Hill
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Aaron had a just-alright week, going 7-for-28 with three walks and two RBI. His big day was going 2-for-3 with two walks in Monday's Dodger victory.
Jason Kubel
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Kubel's bat has really cooled down as of late. He had only four hits in the past week (.154/.313/.543) with no RBI and racked up 11 Ks.
Miguel Montero
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Miggy had another huge week - he was 6-for-25 with seven walks and eight RBI. Six of those RBI came in the last two Dodger victories. The only time he didn't get a hit in a game was Sunday because he went 0-for-1 with two walks and a HBP.
Justin Upton
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Upton struggled this week, going just 5-for-23 and one walk. He also had seven strikeouts in just six games. His biggest day was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the 11-5 victory over the Mets.
Paul Goldschmidt
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"Jerry Hairston is just mad because Paul Goldschmidt had more hits this series than Jerry has had since July 17." ~Jim Goldy absolutely killed it in L.A. this week. He had eight hits, two of them home runs, four runs and five RBI. He had another five hits in the series against the Mets, giving him an incredible line of .481/.533/1.274 for the week!
Gerardo Parra
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Parra did fair in both series, 7-for-22 with a walk, a stolen base, and two RBI. But he struck out seven times.
Stephen Drew
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Drew continues to struggle offensively. He started six of the seven games this week and had just three hits - one 2-for-4 day against N.Y. and 1-for-3 yesterday in L.A. He did take five walks.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Henry Blanco
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Blanco caught Collmenter's start against the Mets and went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Chris Johnson
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Acquired just before the trade deadline, third baseman Johnson made a big impression with his new team in the L.A. series. His first hit was a grand slam off of Aaron Harang to put the Diamondbacks up 7-0. His line for the series was .545/.615/1.797. Now let's see what he can do for us over a full week.
John McDonald
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McDonald had no plate appearances this week, going in for the 9th inning defensively on Friday.
Lyle Overbay
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Overbay, having gone 2-for-25 since June 19th, was designated for assignment.
Ryan Wheeler
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Wheeler is still adjusting to the big leagues. He started two of the Mets games and had a hit and an RBI, but he's 0-for-3 as a pinch hitter since Saturday.
Chris Young
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Young was on the bench for over half the games this week. He only had three hits in his three starts with 5 Ks.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Daniel Hudson
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Hudson is rehabbing at SRF every other day while the team is on the road.

Stats run from 7/26 - 8/1.

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