Diamondbacks Ups and Downs: Trends for August 17th-22nd

Tyler Skaggs, who made his major league debut yesterday, remains with the team. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)

So, how's everybody feeling today? Good? Better? Meh? I know losing the first two games to the Marlins was awful, but overall it was a 5-2 week, and even for the best of teams, that's a pretty good week. So while the Diamondbacks recover from what may have been the longest stretch of games in team history (hence, requiring the double-header), let's take a look at how everybody did..

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Ian only allowed one run to the Houston Astros, but I wouldn't say it was easy. He gave up a season-high five walks - and struck out seven - and labored through his six innings of work. Still, it was the fewest runs he's allowed since mid July.
Joe Saunders
down
Zero runs in the first two innings, then nine runs in two-thirds of an inning. Not much more to say.
Trevor Cahill
down
After being given five runs of support in the first inning. Cahill just couldn't keep the Marlins out of the game. He struck out six and didn't give up a home run (and that's big), but he still gave up four runs and was pulled in the 6th inning.
Wade Miley
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Wiley Miley continues his assault on team and MLB rookie records. He recorded his 13th win in Houston with six innings of one-run ball, and he earned his 14th win in yesterday's second game by pitching eight shutout innings (four hits, one walk, five strikeouts).
Patrick Corbin
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It wasn't pretty and it wasn't perfect, but Corbin earned his 5th win in Houston. He pitched seven full innings and allowed four runs (three of them via the home run) and was supported with 12 runs from his offense for the win.
Tyler Skaggs
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Skaggs made his debut yesterday in the first game of the double-header. No better way to start off your career than with a strikeout. He allowed one home run with a man on base and two other hits that didn't do any damage. He did, however, have to work around five walks. He struck out four batters and pitched into the 7th inning for his first major league win.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Matt Albers
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Just when people were gushing about how good Albers has been since joining the Diamondbacks - he allowed only one unearned run in 6.2 innings and struck out the side in Houston - he gave up the game-tying runs Tuesday against the Marlins (one his, one Cahill's).
Brad Bergesen
down
Once, he pitched a clean 8th inning in Houston. Then came the Marlins. After allowing Saunders's 9th run to cross the plate, he pitched three innings of long relief and allowed three runs of his own, including two monster solo home runs. He hasn't been seen (in a game) since.
Sam Demel
He came, he lost, he left. Sam Demel pitched the 10th inning Tuesday in a 5-5 tie and gave up two hits, a walk, a run, and the game. He returned from whence he came (Reno) the next day.
David Hernandez
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Hernandez has pitched three scoreless 8th innings against the Astros and Marlins, and struck out the side in Tuesday's loss while still tied.
J.J. Putz
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Four games, four scoreless innings, three saves. J.J.'s consecutive scoreless appearances is now at 21, second-longest in team history, and has saved his last 16 opportunities.
Bryan Shaw
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Shaw followed up his horrible outing last week against the Cardinals with two scoreless innings, one each against the Astros and Marlins.
Mike Zagurski
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Since his return, Big Z has pitched two scoreless innings, both against the Astros. He allowed a hit and a walk in his second Houston game, but struck out two to finish the sweep.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziegler's scoreless streak has reached eight innings, and his league-leading double-play total (for a reliever) has reached 14. He loaded the bases in the second Marlins loss, but got himself out of the jam.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Chris Young
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Home cooking agrees with Chris Young. He hit an even .500 with one home run and five RBI in Houston, but he hasn't done as well since returning to Arizona - just 2-for-15.
Aaron Hill
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Hill too had a good series in Houston, but he has managed to keep it up at home as well. He hit .500 across both series - three doubles, four homers, four walks, three stolen bases, and nine RBI. Talk about a monster week! And Hill's season batting average is back over .300 (at .302).
Jason Kubel
down
Kubel only appeared in four games this week - some regular rest and some due to Gibby playing the hot hand in Young while in Houston. Kubel did have a two-run home run in Monday's loss, but the rest of his week was not as hot - 3-for-15 overall.
Paul Goldschmidt
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An okay week for Goldy this week, .240/.345/.320 overall. He knocked in three on six hits, two doubles, and even stole two bases. But he struck out seven times.
Miguel Montero
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Miggy had four hits and four walks, driving in three.
Justin Upton
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A nice week for Upton, short as it was - three RBI while going 5-for-14. But he strained his hamstring Tuesday and is day-to-day.
Ryan Wheeler
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Wheeler had four starts this past week as Chris Johnson's bat continued its slow-down. He hasn't yet found a rhythm, but at least hit .267 with three RBI, including his first major league home run in Houston.
Jake Elmore
down
Elmore will get the majority of playing time at shortstop now, at least until Bloomquist returns. Offensively he isn't quite up to big-league speed, hitting just .133 this past week.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Stephen Drew
bus
Drew was hitting only .193/.290/.311/.601 for the season when he was traded to the Oakland A's on Monday night.
Chris Johnson
down
Johnson's major cooling spell continues. He was 0-for-at-least-17, then a hit apiece in his two Miami starts. He's taken a back seat to Wheeler at third base.
John McDonald
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McDonald went 0-for-4 with one intentional walk in two Marlins games (one start).
Wil Nieves
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Nieves had two starts and several pinch hit opportunities this past week. He was only 1-for-5 as a PHer, but 2-for-6 in the starts. He scored once and struck out four times.
Gerardo Parra
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Parra hit 4-for-14 with three doubles in Houston, and was 2-for-13 against the Marlins. Those two hits were valuable, though, as he scored both times in a 3-2 victory.
A.J. Pollock
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A.J. went 1-for-3 in the second game of the doubleheader. Being the designated 26th man for the day, Pollock has returned to Reno.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Henry Blanco
bandaid
There's been no news on Blanco's recovery.
Willie Bloomquist
bandaid
No updates on how Bloomquist's back is feeling.
Josh Collmenter
bandaid plus
Josh had a rehab assignment in the Arizona League on Wednesday night. No word yet on how that went. He would be eligible to come off the DL on Saturday.
Daniel Hudson
bandaid
No recent Twitter health updates from Hudson. Assuming all is going well?
Takashi Saito
bandaid
The most fragile member of the bullpen is still there, as far as we know, with a strained hamstring...

Stats run from 8/17 - 8/22.

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