Diamondbacks Trends for June 7th-12th: Middle of the Road

Stephen Dunn

Another .500 week. Seriously, guys, I'm getting tired of writing that. The fact that we went 3-3 and only lost a half game in the standings feels like we're getting kind of lucky with other teams' losses too. Let's see who stepped it up this week, and from whom we need more.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Kennedy rebounded really nicely from his horrible start last week. He gave up only four hits, and the two runs in the 6th inning came on a hit-by-pitch followed by a home run. Kennedy struck out six. Of course, since he threw at Zach Greinke and was ejected in the 7th inning, chances are high that Ian won't get another start for a while...
Trevor Cahill
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Cahill's worst loss of the year came this weekend against the Giants. He gave up eight runs on nine hits, most of those in a six-run 4th inning for SF. Cahill was singled and doubled to death and was relieved in the 4th by Josh Collmenter.
Wade Miley
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Miley scatted nine hits through his six innings of work on Monday night. He managed to avoid "the big inning" - the three runs he allowed were in three different innings. Miley didn't get the win on his record, but he kept the team close enough, and the Dbacks took advantage of a be-League-red closer and came back in the 9th.
Patrick Corbin
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Corbin battled Matt Cain pitch for pitch last Friday night. He scattered seven hits and allowed just one run, and not until the 7th inning. Fabulous game for Corbin. His start yesterday in Los Angeles was rougher. He gave up hit after hit, including a "triple" to the pitcher, allowing four runs in the 5th inning. He was pulled for a pinch-hitter the next inning, and his 10th win remains elusive.
Tyler Skaggs
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"So much for Reno," I said last week. Well, "So much for Phoenix" I have to say this week. After a second rough start - 5IP, 8H, 5R, 2HR allowed - Skaggs returned to Reno for a little bit of extra depth in the bullpen.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
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Well, Bell earned two saves and finished out last night's game as a non-save, but he certainly has been making things interesting lately! He gave up solo home runs both Monday and Wednesday nights, cutting both leads in half both games. He gets it done, but...
Charles Brewer
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Charlie Brewer gave up three hits in his first appearance in the big leagues, spanning one and two-thirds innings. He also earned his first strikeout.
Josh Collmenter
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Collmenter was mop-up duty in Saturday night's blowout loss to the Giants, giving up a run in 2.1 innings. He held the Dodgers scoreless in two extra innings last night, earning himself his third win of the season.
Will Harris
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Harris was used in low-leverage innings in both losses of the Giants series, giving up three hits, one of them a home run, in two innings. Last night's Dodgers game was a high-leverage situation, and he pitched one inning with two strikeouts.
David Hernandez
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David had an awful night Tuesday when he came in after the brawl. He gave up one hit and three walks, three earned runs, in only two outs for the blown save and the loss. But in his other two appearances this week, he pitched three scoreless innings with one hit and two strikeouts.
Joe Paterson
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Recently recalled from Reno, the lefty sidearm pitcher hit his first batter and struck out the next one late in Tuesday’s game.
Tony Sipp
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Sipp allowed three baserunners in Saturday's 9th inning, and amazingly, none of them scored. He faced one batter apiece in two of the Dodger games.
Brad Ziegler
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Another solid week from Ziegler. He stranded all three inherited runners in four games this week. He pitched a total four innings and allowed two hits and a walk.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
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Everyone talks about America's First Baseman, but Parra should be getting some All-Star looks too. He's working on an 8-game hit streak, and this week hit .455/.538/.545/1.084. He had two doubles in his 10 hits and drove in a pair. Plus, he threw out Yasiel Puig, and that was awesome.
Didi Gregorius
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Didi went through an 0-for-11 stretch in the middle of the week. He bookended it going 1-for-3 on Friday and 2-for-6 last night. His .176 average this week with six strikeouts makes it look like pitchers are adjusting.
Paul Goldschmidt
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Goldy started this week well, his one hit a 3-run home run for the win on Friday, but he too has been slumping offensively. He hit just 4-for-27 this week and grounded into three double-plays.
Martin Prado
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Outside of Prado's key tiebreaking RBIs late last night, he had a miserable week yet again - 3-for-22. Even his BAbip is only .150.
Willie Bloomquist
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Compared to the players I just covered, Willie's 4-for-17 with four RBI doesn't seem nearly so bad. Yes, of course he's settled down from his hot start off the DL - his average dropped from .611 to .429, and it will go down more. But he's still done fairly well, considering.
Miguel Montero
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Two weeks in a row? Gasp! Actually, until yesterday, Montero was hitting the same 4-for-17 as Willie, but yesterday he went 4-for-6, pushing his average for the week up to .348. He only had one double this week, though, and six strikeouts.
Cody Ross
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Ross got a majority of this week's starts in left field. He was just 1-for-5 against his former Giants team, but turned it on in L.A. - 7-for-15, getting on base enough to score four runs.
A.J. Pollock
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A.J. hit only .167/.200/.250/.450 this week. At least those behind him were able to drive him in when he did get on base (three runs scored).

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Eric Hinske
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Hinske went 0-for-2 in pinch-hit appearances.
Jason Kubel
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Kubel hit a very nice 4-for-10 this week in two starts and three pinch-hits (1-for-3). His two-run homer Tuesday night gave the Dbacks an all-too-short lead against L.A.
Wil Nieves
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Nieves got three pinch-hits this week and was 0-for-2 with a walk.
Cliff Pennington
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Pennington was a nice 4-for-12 with two walks and two runs scored in three starts and one PH this past week.
Josh Wilson
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Wilson singled and scored in Saturday's loss, and scored the go-ahead run as a pinch runner in Monday's win.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Eric Chavez
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I have heard on the broadcast that Chavez is recovering "very quickly" from his strained oblique.
Adam Eaton
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Eaton threw catch on Monday, but is still considered out of action for the next three weeks.
Aaron Hill
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Hill has been taking batting practice without discomfort. He could start a rehab assignment soon.
Daniel Hudson
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Hudson met with Dr. James Andrews and has decided to undergo a second Tommy John surgery.
Brandon McCarthy
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McCarthy's recent seizure should have no impact on his return timetable.
J.J. Putz
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Putz has been throwing bullpen sessions at Salt River Fields and could rehab with Reno - playing in Tucson - this weekend.
Matt Reynolds
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After the Giants series (1IP, 2H, 1R), Reynolds was placed on the DL with a strained elbow. It was later revealed that he has a slight tear in his UCL and will be out at least six weeks.
For more detailed injury news, see this week's Diamondbacks Hospital.

Stats run from 6/7 - 6/12.

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