Diamondbacks Trends for 5/9-5/15: Offensive Heroes, Solid Starters

Stellar McCarthy - Christian Petersen

Another week, another winning week! All these winning weeks add up: the team is 23-18, have never been below .500 (knock on wood), and the Diamondbacks currently sit just a half game out of first place. Let's see who swam and who sunk against the Philles and Braves this past week.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Kennedy looked great last week against the Phillies - seven innings, two runs, and he kept his team close enough to win the game. He was a little wild in yesterday's game to end the Braves series, throwing three great innings and two poor ones. Ian was pulled after five innings but the team scored the next half inning to earn him the win.
Trevor Cahill
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Cahill took a tough loss on Saturday, allowing just three hits and one run in five innings. He walked four, which tied a season-high, but otherwise pitched well.
Brandon McCarthy
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Of all of the tough losses this season, McCarthy's game on Sunday had to have been one of the toughest. McCarthy was absolutely stellar. He pitched eight scoreless innings against the Phillies, and finally allowed fewer than eight hits (just seven!) and struck out five. The game was barely two hours old and he was in line for his first win when The Heath Bell Experience blew the save. Incredibly tough luck for Brandon.
Wade Miley
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Miley self imploded in Monday's loss against the Braves. He pitched four good innings, then was unravelled by some poor defense behind him. He allowed three runs in the fifth inning, then went back out for the sixth and gave up four more. It was the second-worst outing of Wade's career.
Patrick Corbin
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Patrick Corbin is going to start turning some heads in his direction real soon. Corbin tossed seven shutout innings on Tuesday against Atlanta, and is now 6-0 with a 1.52 ERA, good enough for 4th in the NL.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
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Bell blew McCarthy's win on Sunday, so much so that he couldn't even get out of the ninth inning. But he saved three of the wins this week without a problem, giving up two hits and striking out three.
Josh Collmenter
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Josh made two appearances of two innings apiece, both in losing games. He gave up one run to the Phillies in a close game, and struck out four Braves in the blowout loss. s
Will Harris
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Harris faced four batters in two appearances in the Phillies series and did fine. But he gave up three hits/two runs in mop-up duty on Monday night.
David Hernandez
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Is he baaaack? In four appearances this past week, David earned one save and three holds. He gave up four hits, no walks, and struck out five, including striking out the side in Tuesday's win.
Matt Reynolds
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Reynolds' scoreless appearances streak finally ended last weekend (19 appearances / 18 innings) when he gave up two runs to the Phillies in the 10th inning of Sunday's loss. Still, he earned two other holds this week, and his ERA is below one.
Tony Sipp
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Sipp earned the victory in Kennedy's start on Friday by getting two outs in the eighth inning. But he struggled in his next two outings, giving up three hits, three walks, and two runs in 1.1 innings.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziggy gonna Zieg: 1.2 IP, 2H, 0R, 2K, three groundball outs, and four inherited runners stranded.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
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A very good week for Parra, getting on base in every game of the series, hitting a line of .423/.483/.615/1.098. He hit a home run, drove in two, and scored three times.
Didi Gregorius
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First of all, Gregorius's defense cannot be overstated enough. His range and accuracy is just insane (in a good way). Offensively, he had a great week, with seven hits, two doubles, a triple, and three runs driven in.
Paul Goldschmidt
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Goldy slowed down ever so slightly this week, hitting .333/.391/.667/1.058. He was half of the heroic duo in yesterday's win, going 3-for-4 with three doubles.
Eric Chavez
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Chavez earned himself four starts and two pinch-hit appearances, and he took it and had a monster week. The only game he didn't reach was his 0-for-1 PH on Monday. He had seven hits, three of them doubles, and four RBI (three of them in yesterday's win). His line for the week: .467/.529/.667/1.196.
Cody Ross
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Ross did fine, though a bit of a drop-off compared to Goldy and Chavvy! Ross was 5-for-16 with four walks and two RBI.
A.J. Pollock
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Pollock struggled this week, hitting just .174 and striking out five times. At least two of his four hits were doubles, when he went 2-for-4 in Saturday's loss.
Martin Prado
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"Still slumping" is not describing Martin's performance this week. His two good games were very good (4-for-6 with a walk), and his five bad games were very bad (3-for-19, four strikeouts, and one GIDP). He just doesn't look comfortable at the plate, he's pressing and it's showing.
Miguel Montero
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This has got to be one of the worst weeks I've ever seen out of Miguel. He had two hits in 20 at-bats for a line of .100/.182/.250/.432. He struck out six times and ground into two double plays.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Eric Hinske
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Hinske was 0-for-5 with a walk in one start and three pinch-hit appearances. He struck out twice and ground into one double play.
Jason Kubel
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Kubel started just two games last week and had four PHs. He got one hit, one walk, and one run scored.
Wil Nieves
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Nieves went 1-for-4 in Monday's loss, and 0-for-1 on Saturday.
Cliff Pennington
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Pennington's defense is still superb, but his bat is keeping him on the bench in favor of Prado at second base. Penny was 1-for-8 in five games last week.
Josh Wilson
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Wilson did well in his two starts, going 2-for-5 plus two walks.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
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Willie is going to get back to Extended Spring Training, see how that goes, and then talk about a rehab assignment. He is still a ways away from returning.
Adam Eaton
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Eaton was with the Visalia Rawhide this week, playing as their DH. Yesterday, he went 3-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, and three runs scored. Although there's no rush for his return, he is getting closer..
Aaron Hill
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The broken bone of Hill's hand still hasn't strengthened enough to the point where he can take off the wrist brace. He can't do any strengthening exercises, let alone start swinging a bat.
Daniel Hudson
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Hudson threw a simulated game at Salt River and a bullpen session at Chase, and he says he is feeling good.
J.J. Putz
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J.J. has not even picked up a baseball during his time on the DL, and it doesn't sound like he will for the next few weeks.
For more injury news, check out the weekly Diamondbacks Hospital feature, also posted on Thursdays.

Stats run from 5/9 - 5/15.

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