So here we are, six games into the 2013 season, and I’d like to crunch some numbers around the Arizona Diamondbacks:
- We currently lead the NL in Hits at 71
- Third in NL in Runs at 37
- Second in NL in SLG at .479
- Second in NL in OPS at .826
- Third in NL in OBP at .347
- Second in NL in AVG at .293
During the off-season Kevin Towers made strides to get rid of any superb power hitters in the lineup. He dealt Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Martin Prado as well as other minor league players. Justin Upton currently leads the National League in strikeouts at 11. Keep in mind he also leads the National League in home runs with five. In Towers’ eyes, the risk is too great for the reward. He would rather have a lineup of guys who swing the bat well and get the occasional home run, but have a high On Base Percentage and can wear these pitchers down by taking the pitch count high. It’s a fundamental of saber metrics. Towers and Gibson are steering this ball club in the direction of old-school fundamental baseball. Construct a lineup of players who have a high probability of reaching base and manufacture your own runs. Force the opposing pitchers to reach high pitch counts early in the game, and although it’s very early in the season, it’s proving to be successful.
- We currently lead the NL in Strikeouts at 62
- We have also given up the second fewest Walks in the NL at 13
- Ian Kennedy is fifth in the NL in Strikeouts at 12
Our starting rotation has been stellar thus far into the season. Kennedy dominated his first start, striking out 8 and only giving up 2 earned runs. Trevor Cahill fanned 7 and had 3 earned runs. In game four, Wade Miley struck out 8 and gave up 1 earned run. Patrick Corbin fanned 2 and relented 2 earned runs. The only poor outing thus far in the season was dealt by Brandon McCarthy when he struck out 1 and gave up 6 earned runs. Keep in mind this was his first Major League start since September 5, 2012. Needless to say, our starting five have pitched quite well. Our closing pitcher(s) on the other hand…
JJ Putz already has a blown save and an ERA of 6. Heath Bell also has a blown save and an ERA of 15.43. Our starting rotation and our relief pitchers have pitches great thus far. The weakest part of this team has been and continues to be our closing staff. My prediction is that David Hernandez will get the nod to close some these well played games out in the near future.