Diamondbacks Trends for August 24th-29th: Sweeps Week

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 28: Chris Johnson #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws his bat after striking out against the Cincinnati Reds at Chase Field on August 28, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

It appears as though the HMS Diamondbacks has started taking on water, and there just aren't enough hands on deck to stop her from having to return to port by the end of September. That's not to say that the extra hands about to come aboard won't help her tread water, but after the way the crew performed this past week - being swept by the Padres and Reds - I'm not sure they have enough manpower to race to the top.

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

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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The long ball doomed Kennedy again against the Padres. He allowed three solo home runs in five innings, and he fell apart in the 6th. He was pulled after allowing six runs.
Joe Saunders
bus
After a mediocre season, Saunders was traded over the weekend. His first start for Baltimore didn't go so well either...
Trevor Cahill
down
Cahill had his shortest outing of the year. He allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks in 3 2/3rds innings - he was close, he just couldn't get out of the 4th inning.
Wade Miley
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Miley had just one bad inning against the Reds on Tuesday, allowing three runs in the 2nd. He allowed only three hits in the other six scoreless innings, but the offense couldn't support him, and he took the loss.
Patrick Corbin
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Corbin struggled against the Padres and was pulled after four runs in four innings. He was much better yesterday against Cincinnati, pitching six scoreless innings... until the 7th, in which he allowed two home runs to let the Reds tie and win the game.
Tyler Skaggs
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Skaggs's second career game was almost as good as his first, but not quite. He allowed two Reds runs through the front five, but gave up a double-overturned-to-home-run to the opposing pitcher Arroyo in the 6th that broke the tie in favor of Cincinnati.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Matt Albers
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Albers had pitched 2 2/3rds scoreless and hitless innings this past week, until yesterday's final Reds game, in which he allowed three runs on two home runs to put the game out of reach.
Brad Bergesen
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In the first San Diego game, Brad pitched three middle innings and allowed just one run. He also pitched a scoreless 9th against the Reds Tuesday night.
David Hernandez
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Closer-to-be? Hernandez pitched two late innings, allowed just one hit and struck out two.
J.J. Putz
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J.J. did not get a save opportunity last week, but he pitched a perfect 9th inning on Sunday.
Matt Lindstrom
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Lindstrom's first outing with the Diamondbacks didn't go as well as he'd hoped. He pitched the 8th inning in a one-run game and turned it into three-run game, giving up two runs on three hits.
Bryan Shaw
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Shaw had a good week, pitching five total (low-leverage) innings and giving up just five hits and one run.
Mike Zagurski
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Zagurski gave up one run to the Padres on Saturday, but he got out of a big jam on Sunday. He came in with the bases loaded, got the final out of the 4th inning, and pitched another scoreless inning after that.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziegler had a tough two-thirds of an inning against the Padres, allowing two late runs, but he picked it up in the Reds series, pitching 1 2/3rds scoreless innings.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Chris Young
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Young had a better week average-wise this week, going 5-for-20 (.250) with one RBI.
Aaron Hill
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Hill struggled, hitting only .130, but at least he had two home runs.
Jason Kubel
down
Jason's month-long slump has culminated with a 1-for-18 week - that's an incredibly low .056 average. He had one double, one RBI, and four strikeouts.
Paul Goldschmidt
down
Goldschmidt's single in the first inning yesterday was his first hit all week. I think he should get half the credit for the RBI, since that hit put Aaron Hill on third base to then score via the balk.
Miguel Montero
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Montero hit .105 with one double and one RBI.
Justin Upton
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Upton was the only player whose bat showed up this week. He hit .368 with two home runs and four RBI. He accounted for both runs in Monday's opening loss to the Reds.
Ryan Wheeler
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Wheeler was 0-for-2 in pinch hit appearances and 2-for-10 in three starts in the Reds series.
Jake Elmore
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Elmore had two hits and his first big league RBI on Wednesday, but otherwise was just 1-for-11.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Chris Johnson
down
Johnson had just two hits in four starts and a pinch-hit appearance.
John McDonald
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McDonald is still in very limited action. He was 0-for-5 in two starts.
Wil Nieves
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Nieves went 1-for-4 in one pinch-hit and one start.
Gerardo Parra
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Parra had a good week, hitting .357 in five games. He was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI on Tuesday.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Henry Blanco
bandaid
There's been no news on Blanco's recovery.
Willie Bloomquist
bandaid plus
Bloomquist has been rehabbing in the Arizona League, and he seems to be comfortable at the plate and in the field.
Josh Collmenter
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Collmenter too has been in the AZL and pitched four scoreless innings on Tuesday, giving up three hits and striking out six. Both he and Bloomquist could rejoin the team at any time.
Daniel Hudson
bandaid
No recent Twitter health updates from Hudson, though he's been seen in the dugout during the homestand. Assuming all is going well?
Takashi Saito
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There have been no updates on Saito that I know of.

Stats run from 8/24 - 8/29.

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