Diamondbacks Trends: Ups and Ups for 5/2 - 5/8

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Last week the Giants came to town, having been swept by the Padres, and swept the Diamondbacks. So maybe it shouldn't have been a surprise for Arizona to lose two of three to San Diego and then go to Los Angeles and sweep the Dodgers! We all know who the Star of the Week is, but as for the rest of the team...

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Ian struggled in the first and last innings of his outing on Sunday, giving up two runs in the first and then two home runs in the sixth. He wasn't bad in between, and struck out five, but... ouch.
Trevor Cahill
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Now, this is the Trevor Cahill everybody wants to see. Seven excellent innings in Los Angeles, only two runs, and the bullpen took it from there. Cahill has now had four "quality starts" out of his last five.
Brandon McCarthy
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It looked like trouble again for McCarthy on Tuesday when it took him 52 pitches to get through two innings. And yes, he gave up eight hits again, but but he only allowed one run in each of the first two innings, avoiding "The Big Inning." He allowed another run when he went out in the seventh inning, but we can blame Gibby for that one. Really a great start from Brandon.
Wade Miley
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Miley was not solid in San Diego, giving up all four runs with two outs, and he took his first loss of the season. He was excellent last night in Los Angeles, pitching into the eighth inning spreading out seven hits and no walks, allowing only two runs and earning the win.
Patrick Corbin
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Just your standard 7-inning, 1-run outing from Corbin! He has not gone fewer than six innings this year, and has not allowed more than two runs (knock on whatever hard surface is closest to you). Corbin is the first Diamondbacks pitcher to start 4-0 since Brandon Webb in 2008. (Thanks @joshrawitch.)

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
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The Diamondbacks' new closer did not allow a run this week, inherited or otherwise. In three games, he earned two saves with a BAA of 0.91. ERA watch: down to 4.40!
Josh Collmenter
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Collmenter gave up two late runs to the Padres in Friday's loss, putting the game just out of reach for the comeback. He pitched a scoreless inning in Sunday's loss, and did not appear in Los Angeles.
Will Harris
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New Diamondbacks reliever, recalled from Triple-A Reno yesterday, has not yet appeared in a game.
David Hernandez
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D-Hern pitched two innings this week, giving up one hit and two walks. After his recent struggles, it's nice to see him ease back onto the tracks.
Matt Reynolds
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The man has still not allowed a run this season. Last week: 2.1IP, 1H, 3K.
Tony Sipp
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Tony Sipp started the eighth inning on Saturday, during a blowout victory, and gave up a hit and two walks to load the bases with nobody out. Not good. But, Sipp got out of McCarthy's jam on Tuesday with a pop-out and fly ball to strand the Dodgers' winning run at third base.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziegler had a clean series against the Dodgers: 1.1IP, 0H, 0BB, 3K.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
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A solid week for Gerardo, getting a hit in five of six games on the road trip. He had seven hits, including a home run, and three walks. His season batting average sits at a nice .299.
Didi Gregorius
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Gregorius returned Sunday and picked up right where he left off - a home run in his first at-bat back. While going 6-for-12 his first three games back, he extended his hitting streak to start the season to 10 games, but that ended with an 0-for-3 night last night.
Martin Prado
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Martin is still slumping, but he did a little better this week - five hits and three walks for an OBP of .333.
Miguel Montero
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Miggy got some rest this week, with one start a series going to Wil Nieves. Maybe it helped: he went 4-for-16 with a home run, two RBI, and only two strikeouts.
Paul Goldschmidt
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This man is a god. What else can you say. He went 2-for-6 with four walks in San Diego, then hit a monster 7-for-13 with four home runs against the Dodgers. His OPS was 2.033. Seriously. He is just... he is the NL West MVP, if not more than that.
Cody Ross
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Ross was also en fuego in Los Angeles, going 5-for-13 with a home run there. Add in his numbers from the Padres series, and he had a week line of .318/.318/.455/.713.
A.J. Pollock
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Another solid week from our "fourth" outfielder, 5-for-18 with a home run. His highlight of the week was going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's win against the Padres.
Cliff Pennington
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Pennington played part time this week, getting only three starts and one pinch-hit appearance. He went 2-for-10 with two RBI.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Eric Chavez
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Chavez was on base three times in last night's win with two hits and a walk. Overall for the week, he was 3-for-11 in three starts.
Eric Hinske
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Hinske actually got to play first base on Saturday night, subbing in for Goldy in the eighth inning. He went 1-4 on the week as a pinch hitter, but it would be nice if he would stop getting groundouts on the first pitch in important situations.
Jason Kubel
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Kubel was just 1-for-10 with five strikeouts in three games this week.
Wil Nieves
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It was the first time this season Wil did not get a hit in a game he started, and it happened twice. He went 0-for-8 in two starts this week, walking and scoring in Saturday's win.
Josh Wilson
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Another ouch: Wilson was 1-for-13 in three games this week, though he also reached on an error and scored two runs.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
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Have not heard any updates on Willie's condition.
Adam Eaton
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Adam has been rehabbing with the Reno Aces this week. In five games, he has three hits, four RBI and four strikeouts. More important than numbers is how he's feeling, and all seems to be going alright!
Aaron Hill
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No news on Hill or the status of his wrist brace.
Daniel Hudson
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Hudson is still throwing in Extended Spring Training and he has said he's felt great.
J.J. Putz
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J.J. was pulled from Tuesday night's game after four straight high-and-outside pitches. He felt stiffness in his elbow and tingling/shooting pain down to his fingers. An MRI showed just a sprained ligament and irritated nerve, not requiring surgery. There is no timetable for a return.

Stats run from 5/2 - 5/8.

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