Diamondbacks Trends for May 31st to June 6th: Pitching Problems

Dilip Vishwanat

Another .500 road trip. Luckily, since I counted the Texas game last time, we get to talk about a winning week! The Diamondbacks beat the Cubs and split with the Cardinals, earning themselves a 4-3 record this week. The three losses were by 4-, 5-, and 6- run deficits, which sounds like pitching was the problem. Let's take a closer look.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Kennedy is the one with two starts this week, one fairly good and the other completely awful. Last week against the Cubs, he gave up three runs in the 1st inning, then settled down and sat down 17 in a row for a good recovery. But yesterday in St. Louis, Kennedy allowed 10 runs on 13 hits - three home runs - in just four innings of work. Kennedy's ERA for the season now sits at 5.72.
Trevor Cahill
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Cahill took the other loss to the Cardinals on Monday. It was death by 1,000 singles for Trevor, who gave up five runs in five innings on nine hits and three walks.
Wade Miley
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The "Seriously, What's Wrong With Wade Miley?" segment of the video roundtable can take a week off this time. He scattered 11 hits, but only gave up three runs to the Cardinals. He couldn't quite get out of the 6th inning, but overall it was a solid outing from Wade.
Patrick Corbin
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Corbin has fallen down to earth slightly - Saturday was his second straight outing of six innings, four runs. With two HBP and two walks to the Cubs in the 1st inning alone, it looked like it might be a short night for Pat, but he got through it, and the offense even earned him the win, his 9th of the year.
Tyler Skaggs
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So much for Reno. Skaggs was brought back up to take Brandon McCarthy's spot in the rotation as he went on the DL with his annual shoulder injury. Unfortunately, his second start was not nearly as good as his first. He scattered six hits (including two home runs) in 5.2 innings, giving up five runs. Skaggs had only two clean innings of work.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
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It was a great week for Bell, who earned one save in his three scoreless outings. He struck out three.
Josh Collmenter
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Josh was the hero of Tuesday's extra-innings win in St. Louis. While the Cards used reliever after reliever, Collmenter gave the Diamondbacks four innings of scoreless relief, striking out five and earning himself the win.
Randall Delgado
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While waiting for Skaggs's start, Delgado was up in the 'pen for long relief. He pitched two innings of mop-up work in Monday's loss, and gave up a two-run home run to Carlos Beltran. He returned to Reno that night.
Will Harris
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Harris appeared in three of the four games of the Cardinals series. He pitched two low-leverage innings, but also got a very key final out of the 9th inning of Tuesday's extra-innings game, stranding two runners.
David Hernandez
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Dare I say D-Hern is back - again? He struck out five and allowed just one hit in 3.2 IP this week.
Matt Reynolds
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Reynolds does not get to use the "Pitching Guru" nickname this week. Nope. It is so decreed. He was fine in Chicago, but Matt has to be glad to be out of St. Louis. On Tuesday, he allowed an inherited runner to score, which tied the game (technically, a blown save). He then hit a batter, and was pulled without getting an out. In yesterday's blowout loss, he allowed back-to-back solo home runs, including one to the opposing pitcher who was 0-for-22 going in to the day.
Tony Sipp
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Sipp rebounded somewhat this week. In his first appearance in St. Louis, he gave up a walk and HBP in a tie game, and was pulled without finishing the 9th inning. His other two innings were extremely low-leverage. Still, he technically pitched 2.2 scoreless innings..
Brad Ziegler
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Ziggy gonna Zieg. In four games this week, he pitched three innings. He did give up a tying run Tuesday (well, Reynolds gave it up after Brad was out), but his two inherited runners were stranded. He only needed one pitch to help Wade Miley out of his jam on Wednesday.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
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Another phenomenal week for Parra, who asks, "What 4th outfielder?" He started all seven games and hit for a line of .344/.405/.563/.968. He had four doubles, a home run, and seven RBI.
Didi Gregorius
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Didi continues to hit just fine in the major leagues, though he did have eight strikeouts this week. Still, he was 9-for-30 with one double and three RBI.
Paul Goldschmidt
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I can't not give the gold star to the man who hit two grand slams this week. Yet, interestingly, his OPS is only .980, probably not helped by his two 0-for-4 days and eight strikeouts. Still, the man hit two grand slams, for a total of 13 RBI this week.
Martin Prado
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A bit of a regression for Prado after his breakout last week. He had seven hits and five runs scored this week, and his .280 BABip is a better indicator than the .233 average.
Willie Bloomquist
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Willie brought what magical offense he found in Reno to Chicago, where he went 3-for-5 in his first game back from the DL. He was 11-for-18 this week (.611/.619/.722/1.341) with two RBI and six runs scored. If Goldschmidt hadn't hit two grand slams, the gold star would be Willie's. Wait, it's my system, I can award two stars if I want!
Miguel Montero
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Oh look, I can give Miggy something other than a red arrow! He started five of the seven games this week, and maybe the extra rest is helping. He hit 6-for-21, that's .286 (with a BABip of .375), plus three walks. He drove in two. It's not as amazing as Goldy or Willie, but compared to last week, it's definitely an upward trend for Montero.
Jason Kubel
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Alright, the 10 strikeouts are definitely not helping. But Jason is currently riding a 5-game hit streak, getting seven hits and driving in five runs.
A.J. Pollock
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No doubt, our center fielder is struggling. A.J. was 3-for-18 with seven strikeouts. He did have a key 3-run home run in St. Louis.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Eric Hinske
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Hinske got more pinch-hit opportunities this week, but still did very little with them. He was 1-for-7, plus one bases-loaded walk last night.
Wil Nieves
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The Diamondbacks must have the hottest-hitting backup catcher in the majors. In two starts and a late replacement, Nieves went 7-for-11 with four RBI and two runs scored. That's a line of .636/.636/.727/1.364 for the week. It probably won't last, but it's sure pretty to look at for now..
Cliff Pennington
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Sure, just as Bloomquist comes back and poses a (bigger) competition for the second baseman's job, Penny has a pretty good week. Interesting. In three starts and two pinch-hits, Cliff had five hits and drove in two runs.
Cody Ross
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In four starts (well, four and half - he played the last seven of 14 innings Tuesday), Cody had three hits and two walks. That's a .186 average and .238 on-base percentage. His best day was 2-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday's win in Chicago.
Josh Wilson
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Wilson was 0-for-5 as a pinch hitter/defensive replacement this week (three games).

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Eric Chavez
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As expected, Chavez was placed on the DL last week with a strained oblique. Bloomquist, recovered from his strained oblique, took his place.
Adam Eaton
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Eaton is still resting his elbow.
Aaron Hill
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Hill's hand has improved enough to where he was able to swing off a tee and even take soft-toss pitches. He says he's ready to face live pitching.
Daniel Hudson
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It's the day's most heartbreaking news. In the second inning of Hudson's first rehab game in Double-A Mobile the other day, he experienced arm stiffness and returned to Phoenix. You knew it wasn't good, but you didn't expect it to be as bad as it was - he has re-torn the same UCL tendon he was rehabbing. While "the team is exploring all medical options," a second Tommy John surgery seems likely.
Brandon McCarthy
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This is the fifth consecutive year that McCarthy has gone on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The good news is, he knows how to recover from it...
J.J. Putz
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I missed last week that Putz had begun playing catch. I haven't heard anything this week.

Stats run from 5/31 - 6/6.

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