Diamondbacks Trends: 9/19-9/30

Denis Poroy

As promised, the final edition of Diamondbacks trends covers the last eleven games of the season, from September 19th through the 30th. We'll be doing full-season trends for each section of the team over the coming weeks. Random factoid I couldn't fit in elsewhere. The team ends 2013 on a 17-game streak without being caught stealing, the longest for Arizona since early 2009. We're 7-0 since the last CS on Sep 11.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Patrick Corbin
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Corbin limped over the 200 inning mark, but it wasn't pretty. His two starts led to 16 hits and four walks in only 9.1 innings, and it really seems he just ran out of gas. While his overall inning count wasn't excessively higher, I think the intensity was enough, and his velocity and stamina just ran out. Come back stronger in 2014, Patrick.
Wade Miley
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Miley had three starts in the period covered, and performed very well in all of them, allowing a total of four earned runs over 18 innings for a 2.00 ERA. However, that wasn't reflected in any wins, as he go a no-decision in all three games. Overall, a solid year, though Miley's walk-rate (2.9) was significantly higher than in 2012 (1.7).
Brandon McCarthy
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Conversely, McCarthy didn't pitch all that badly - a 4.15 ERA over his two outings - but received the loss in both of them. While a lack of run support played into that, as we scored one run in those contests, there's probably a couple of pitches he'd like to have back, most notably the three-run homer to Nick Hundley in San Diego.
Randall Delgado
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Oh, look: Randall Delgado allowed home-runs. Three in 10 innings, sealing a position as the most homer-happy pitcher in the NL (min 60 IP). His HR/FB rate was 13.3%, compared to league average 7.7%, so I hope that will naturally regress a bit in 2014. But I'll be happier when it does. Worth remembering: he is still only 23.
Trevor Cahill
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Completed the second-half undefeated, albeit in only eight starts since the break, and like McCarthy, finished strong, with a 2.70 ERA since coming back off the DL. Was the only starter to get a W in our last eleven games, in the 7-2 victory over the Rockies, and left with the scores tied against the Padres, in the walkoff loss finale there.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
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Bell ended the season on an up-swing, unscored upon in seven appearances since Sep 1. He allowed two hits and a walk over 3.2 scoreless innings, with three strikeouts. Heath is the bullpen equivalent of Forrest Gump's box of chocolates.
Josh Collmenter
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Josh saved easily his worst outing of the season for the final stretch, allowing four runs in Colorado while retiring two batters. It was one of five appearances, and he also took the loss when the Padres walked-off in San Diego.
Eury De La Rosa
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Awful week: eight batters faced, five of whom scored: he ends 2013 one short of the franchise record, having allowing earned runs in his last five appearances, with a total line over that time of 3.2 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 5 HR and 11 ER. Ouch.
Will Harris
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Led the team with six appearances: struggled in the first of these, allowing three hits without recording an out, but then bounced back with five scoreless games, getting the W in last Sunday's slugfest at Coors.
Chaz Roe
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Allowed four hits over 5.1 innings - unfortunately, two of these left the ball-park, including a three-run homer to Wilson Ramos of the National on Saturday. That spiked Roe's ERA for the season over the four mark.
Joe Thatcher
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Barely seen, facing only two batters since Sep 18. Retired them both.
Brad Ziegler
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Plenty of work for Ziegler, with five games, but only two save opportunities. He converted them without any real drama, and worked 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Tony Sipp
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Sipp's chances of making the 2014 bullpen took a dive with another poor week. He took a L in Colorado, allowing two home-runs and a hit to three batters faced, and another earned run in San Diego. ERA over his last 13 sightings = 7.20.
David Hernandez
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Hernandez did allow a run this week, his first since returning from Reno, but threw a total of six innings, with eight strikeouts. Maybe we should look at whoever coaches the bullpen in Reno and replace Charles Nagy, because seems like DH is fixed.
J.J. Putz
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A slightly wobbly start, allowing three hits and a run in a Colorado inning, but came back with 2.2 frames of one-hit ball, and four strikeouts the rest of the way.
Matt Langwell
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Mop-up Matt struggled this week, giving up five hits and three walks in 3.2 innings, cementing his place as a fringe candidate for 2014, who'll likely start in Reno.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
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Parra finished the 2013 campaign strongly, going 14-for-42 (.333) with six of those hits being doubles. Ended the year with 170 more PAs than in any previous season: so much for him being blocked...
Adam Eaton
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Eaton couldn't put it together, going 3-for-24 over the road-trip to Colorado and San Diego, and 9-for-44 (.205) over the entire period covered here. Was successful in the only stolen-base attempt by a D-back
Paul Goldschmidt
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He and Parra appeared in all 11 games, and Paul had hits in every one. He ended with the best D-backs hitting streak (19 games) in almost a decade, even if he had exactly one hit in the last nine! Also added two more home-runs and seven RBI.
Martin Prado
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Led the team with 13 hits, batting .342 with four walks and three strikeouts and reached base safely in each of his 10 appearances. He had a .419 OBP and also drove in six runs, training only Goldzilla.
Aaron Hill
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Hill's hand won't need off-season surgery, but his 2013 season still limped across the finishing-line, as he went 5-for-30 with no extra-base hits and only one walk, for an OPS of .360. Hopefully, we'll get a full year from him in 2014.
Miguel Montero
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However, that was still better than Montero, who was 2-for-24, again without an extra-base knock, giving him a line of .083/.185/.083. Definitely one of the key problems for the D-backs this season.
A.J. Pollock
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Likely runner-up to Miley as this week's star, Pollock hit 12-for-30 to reach the .400 mark, and you can add a .471 OBP and .633 SLG, for a total OPS of 1.104. Improved his season OPS about 35 points over the last couple of weeks.
Chris Owings
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Was this the last we will see of Owings as a Diamondback? Only the off-season will tell, but if it is, he went out on a high note, batting .333 (9-for-27), with most of the hits being doubles. No walks though...

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Wil Nieves
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Another one with an uncertain future, Wil went 2-for-7 with a double and a walk.
Eric Chavez
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Brandon McCarthy had more at-bats than Chavez. 0-for-3.
Didi Gregorius
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Didi continues to deliver weird stat lines This period, he went 1-for-13, but with seven walks, as opposed to two K's. The resulting slashes: .077/.400/.231.
Matt Davidson
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Had two HR and seven RBI over back-to-back games vs. Colorado, and after really struggling (.430 OPS over his first 18 apps), batted .324 after Sep 10. Hope for 2014.
Tony Campana
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Didn't actually steal a base, and went 0-for-5 at the plate.
Tuffy Gosewisch
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Get the feeling his start in Sunday's finale might have been symbolic, and Tuffy went 1-for-11 with no walks.
Cliff Pennington
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Actually saw some playing time, which has been rare of late, and was 3-for-8 with a double.
Willie Bloomquist
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Similarly, Bloomquist hitting leadoff on Sunday could be his final call. His stats have dropped as his BABIP has regressed, with a .457 OPS over our last 167 games.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Daniel Hudson
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Hudson is home and recovering from Tommy John surgery #2.
Matt Reynolds
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Bad news here, as a setback has led to Reynolds being scheduled for Tommy John surgery next week. His return for 2014 is now in doubt. Maybe he can compare scars with Huddy...
Cody Ross
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Ross is home and recovering from hip surgery.

Stats run from 9/19-9/30

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