Diamondbacks Trends for April 5th - 10th: Mixed Results

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Let me get this straight. The Diamondbacks go to Milwaukee and sweep the albeit-beset-with-injury Brewers on our first road series, then we come home and lose two of three to the hapless can't-score-for-the-life-of-them Pittsburgh Pirates? What's up with that?! Were Pittsburgh really that good, were they just due for some luck, or were the Diamondbacks really that bad? Read on to find out how the team performed this past week.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Kennedy pitched well going up against Yovani Gallardo in Milwaukee, though not as well as Opening Day, and not quite enough to earn the win for himself. He allowed four runs in six-plus innings (one of which scored after he left) and struck out only four.
Trevor Cahill
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I don't know how often I am going to use the phrase "Cahill was his usual Cahill self," but it's apropos again this week - five innings, four runs, three walks, and seven strikeouts. Nice to see the high Ks, not nice to see the high runs.
Brandon McCarthy
down
McCarthy once again really only struggled in one inning, though it was really bad inning - he gave up five runs in the fourth inning. After that, he settled down, set down eight in a row, and he nearly got through seven innings, but was at 115 pitches after 6.2.
Wade Miley
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Wade made one start in Milwaukee and one against the Pirates and pitched very well both times - 6 IP / 1 ER the first time (just a solo home run allowed), and 6.2 IP / 2ER the second. He has struck out a combined 13 batters.
Patrick Corbin
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Corbin pitched well in his 2013 debut, also going six innings and allowing just two runs. He scattered eight hits and a walk, and only struck out two, but I still call that a successful outing.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
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Bell's ERA has dropped from 81.00 to 10.80, so that qualifies as a positive week. He pitched a scoreless inning in Milwaukee's second game, allowed one run in and earned the save in extras the third game, then pitched a scoreless inning at home on Tuesday. He has struck out four batters his last two games.
Josh Collmenter
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Collmenter got the entire Milwaukee series off (as expected), and pitched two innings on Monday against Pittsburgh, giving up just one run.
David Hernandez
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Hernandez appeared in three games this past week, pitching three scoreless innings with three hits and four strikeouts.
J.J. Putz
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J.J. earned one save against the Brewers and blew a two-run lead the next day. He got some work in the blowout game yesterday, striking out the side in the 9th.
Matt Reynolds
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Reynolds' scoreless streak continues, though he did finally give up a hit against the Brewers and a walk against the Pirates.
Tony Sipp
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Sipp is now working on a streak of his own - no walks, no hits, and no runs in his last three appearances, plus 5 Ks. I've been impressed.
Brad Ziegler
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Brad made us a little nervous with his outing last Wednesday, but he is righting the ship this week. He allowed one inherited runner to score in Sunday's win, but in yesterday's win, he came in with the bases loaded and stranded all three, then pitched a scoreless inning of his own. He also turned his first GIDP of the year.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
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Parra had at least one hit in all but one game this past series, going 6-for-25 with four walks. Still, he had five Ks and only drove in one run.
Martin Prado
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Martin has also been one of the more consistent batters, getting a hit in every game this past week, and two hits on Saturday. But he struck out five times and ground into two double plays in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.
Aaron Hill
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Hill had an amazing series against the Brewers, hitting .400 with two homers and four RBI. He was hitless in two games against the Pirates, and he sat out the third game after being hit by a pitch in his left hand. (X-Rays were negative.)
Miguel Montero
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Miggy is still hitting well, minus an 0-for-4 effort on Friday. He hit 5-for-18 plus four walks, and drove in four runs.
Paul Goldschmidt
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star

Goldy was en fuego in Milwaukee, getting six hits (three doubles and a home run - that's a SLG of .923!) and five RBI. He only had two hits (and three walks) and two strikeouts against Pittsburgh. Still, he's definitely on the upward trend for the week, and earns a star for his performance against the Brew Crew.
Jason Kubel
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Kubel stepped it up these past two series. In four games, he hit 6-for-17, including two home runs, with five runs driven in.
A.J. Pollock
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A.J. had been 0-for-13 since his hot start Opening Day, 0-for-8 this past week, until Wednesday's offensive outburst. He was 3-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI, and a stolen base. He also made some stellar defensive plays. Yes, I'm giving him an up arrow for ending the week on a positive note.
Cliff Pennington
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Pennington had a much better week, getting six hits and two RBI. His defense also continues to be stellar.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Eric Chavez
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Chavvy went 2-for-4 in Saturday's win in Milwaukee, but was just 1-for-8 in two games after that.
Eric Hinske
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Hinske went 2-for-5 with three RBI as a pinch hitter this past week, including a monster 2-run HR that won the finale for the Diamondbacks in Milwaukee.
Alfredo Marte
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Marte collected his first hit and RBI on Monday, and he hasn't slowed down since - he got a double when pinch-hitting Tuesday and two more hits in Wednesday's win.
Wil Nieves
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When Miggy got a day off on Monday, Nieves was behind the dish. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI. He was 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter yesterday.
Josh Wilson
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Wilson started in place of Hill on Wednesday, and went 0-for-2 but took two walks, one with the bases loaded.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
bandaid
No news on Willie, battling a similar intercostal strain as last year. It's one of those injuries where rest is the best medicine.
Adam Eaton
bandaid
Eaton has started hitting a little bit, but hasn't worked on throwing. Still looking at at least late May for his return.
Didi Gregorius
bandaid
He is 3-for-12 in three games with the Reno Aces so far.
Daniel Hudson
bandaid
Dan started throwing off the mound in Spring Training. While the team is away, he's working with the Extended Spring Training guys.
Cody Ross
bandaid
Has mainly been DHing with Visalia, and is being sent to Reno for the weekend. Team thinks he might be ready by the New York series.

Stats run from 4/05 - 4/10.

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