Diamondbacks Ups and Downs: Trends for Aug 3-9

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 05: Chris Johnson #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two ruin home run in the second inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 5, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Normally, going 6-4 on a tough road trip to the midwest would be a good thing, but it seemed like some of those losses were just, for lack of a better word, stupid. Luckily, the team picked it up today and is having a "happy flight" with a win.

Read on to see how the various players of this play performed this past week.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Ian pitched well, though with a high pitch count, in humid Philly and won Friday's opening match-up allowing two runs in six innings. But he had a really rough night last night in Pittsburgh, lasting just four innings and giving up six runs (five earned), including two home runs. The Enigma of Ian Kennedy continues...
Wade Miley
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Miley is gaining attention around the nation as a Rookie of the Year candidate (at least with broadcasters). He held the Pirates to one unearned run in six very strong innings on Monday; he didn't deserve the loss.
Trevor Cahill
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It was a quality start for Cahill this go-'round, even by Daron Sutton's standard - seven innings, three runs, one solo home run.
Joe Saunders
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Good work from Joe this week in Philly, going into the 7th inning with just two runs allowed. It's not his fault the offense was in hiding. This afternoon he pitched seven full innings allowing three runs (two earned, one his own error). Except for the 2nd inning today, Joe did very well.
Patrick Corbin
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Corbin held the Pirates to two runs on six hits in six innings, striking out seven batters. The offense decided to appear for Corbin, and he earned the win.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Matt Albers
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Albers just joined the team in Philadelphia, and has made a good impression so far. He's pitched two and two thirds scoreless innings (one hit, one walk, three strikeouts) over three games. He did allow one inherited runner to score in his first appearance, though.
Josh Collmenter
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Back in the bullpen, Josh struggled his first night. He pitched the 9th inning of a tie game in Philadelphia and gave up three hits and the game-losing run. Wednesday in Pittsburgh, Josh threw two innings, and allowed one run there.
David Hernandez
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Even by his own admission on Twitter, Hernandez blew it big time in Philly on Sunday, giving up three hits and a run in the 8th inning of a game with a one-run lead that Collmenter would eventually lose the next frame. But, Hernandez did have three other solid scoreless outings - one inning in Philly and two in Pittsburgh - for redemption.
J.J. Putz
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Easy Button Express - one save against the Phillies, one regular 9th inning of work against the Pirates, and a save with two strikeouts today to close out the series.
Takashi Saito
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Saito did great his first two outings this week, a scoreless inning Friday and getting out of Hernandez's mess on Sunday. But he made his own mess Tuesday and let the Pirates take the lead - first by allowing a solo home run, then by loading the bases with nobody out before being pulled. (Luckily, their lead was fleeting, as the Dbacks took control the next inning.)
Mike Zagurski
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Not a good week for Big Z. First, in Philly, he put two runners on in the 8th inning of a close game (one of them would score). Then, in an even closer game in Pittsburgh, he allowed two inherited runners and a runner of his own to score, turning a 1-0 game into a 4-0 game. And the next day he allowed one of Saito's runners to score.
Brad Ziegler
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A mostly good week from Ziegler again. He pitched two and a third scoreless and hitless innings, adding two more ground-ball double plays to his league-leading total of 13. But amidst that was putting on the first two baserunners in the 8th inning of Miley's 1-0 game (both of whom later scored, courtesy of Zagurski).

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Aaron Hill
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Where is the Hill of June? I miss that Hill. Aaron had just two hits all week, until today, when he went 3-for-5 and scored twice.
Jason Kubel
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Kubel also struggled on the road (just three hits) which is why they tried to give him the night off yesterday. But Kubel brought his A-game today, hitting two two-run home runs to lead the Dbacks to victory.
Miguel Montero
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After being en fuego the past two weeks, he cooled drastically this week. He had one hit the first Philly game, then was 3-for-5 in Tuesday's comeback victory against the Pirates. That was it.
Chris Johnson
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Talk about benefiting from a change of scenery. Though Johnson "only" hit .280 this week, he hit three more home runs with nine RBI. His HR total (5) is a team record for first 10 days with the team.
Justin Upton
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Big improvement from Upton this week - .318/.375/.455 on the week, and he added a 1-for-3 this afternoon. His home run Friday was his first since July 20th. He cut down a bit on the strikeouts, with only four.
Paul Goldschmidt
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Goldschmidt continued his trend of hitting home runs off of aces by getting Cliff Lee. He had eight hits, five RBIs, and a stolen base in the two series.
Stephen Drew
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Drew had a good week! He hit two home runs, one in Philly and one in Pittsburgh, drove in three, and scored six times. His 0-for-5 day today dropped his average for the week to "only" .304.
Chris Young
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Young is just not good offensively, not any more. He was 2-for-19 - that's a miniscule .105.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
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Willie only played two games in Pittsburgh due to a bad back. He played a big part in the almost-win Wednesday night, going 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI. He was 0-for-4 on Monday.
John McDonald
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McDonald had two pinch hit appearances (0-2) and one start (0-3) this week.
Wil Nieves
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Acquired off waivers when Henry Blanco went on the DL, Nieves started today's getaway game and smacked a two-run go-ahead home run in the 6th inning.
Gerardo Parra
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In limited action, Parra was only 2-for-13.
Ryan Wheeler
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Wheeler has been limited to pinch hitting since the acquisition of Johnson. He went 0-for-4 this week.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Henry Blanco
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Blanco tore an ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb in a collision at the plate on Sunday. On Wednesday, he underwent successful surgery. He hopes to be back before the end of the season.
Daniel Hudson
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No recent Twitter health updates from Hudson. Assuming all is going well?

Stats run from 8/3 - 8/9.

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