To no great surprise, the team optioned Euby de la Rosa to Reno this afternoon, to make way for Tyler Skaggs. On the Cubs side, scheduled starter Matt Garza was traded to the Rangers this afternoon, so he has been replaced by Rusin, who has made one, thoroughly unsuccessful start this season. Definitely helps our cause to be facing him rather than Garza, and it's important for the D-backs to take advantage of the weakened starter. The Dodgers will be facing the Blue Jays in Toronto, and that game will be getting under way in a few minutes, so we'll be cheering on our Canadian cousins in that.
There was a discussion in one of the Gameday Threads over the weekend about the difference between the stats for Goldschmidt in D-backs wins and losses. Obviously, you'll find this for all teams and, likely, almost all players. But let's dig a little deeper and see if there are D-backs who splits are significantly greater than normal - if you like, they could be seen as the engine-room that drives the team's results. To start with, as a baseline, the NL line in a win is .288/.354/.465, an OPS of .820. But in a loss, it's only .215/.273/.319, all the way down at a .592 OPS. That's more than I'd have expected: put another way, when teams lose, they hit like Cliff Pennington has since 2012.
The Diamondbacks are quite a bit less than the league average difference of 238 points, coming in at 190 points. The lowest gap is the Mets, who hit 172 points better when they win, with the larges being the Braves, more than double that, all the way up at 345 points, with an .880/.535 split. Here's the full break down for the Arizona offense, in their games so far.
A couple of indicators stick out. Interesting to note that our BABIP is 65 points higher in victory than defeat. Part of that may be just "good luck" [I'm thinking, for example, of Cody Ross's bloop two-run single yesterday, which provided the margin of victory], but it may also be a higher percentage of line-drives as we square up pitches. If you are looking for a particular indicator, however, here's a good one. In wins, we have a K:BB ratio of below two; in losses, it's close to three. If we look at that for the results this season, this is what we find.
- K:BB below two: 25-10
- K:BB between two and three: 13-16
- K:BB above three: 13-21
Something to keep an eye for this series, I think, see if it gives us an early marker of how we'll do in any particular games. Now, if we break it down by individual players, the chart below shows what we see, sorted in descending order of OPS difference. Note that Tony Campana has yet to come to the plate in a Diamondbacks defeat. The team total below won't quite match the sum of these, because they also include pitchers.
If it seems that we win when Goldschmidt hits well, that's because we do. When he's hitless, the Diamondbacks are 7-22. When he gets exactly one hit, we are 21-16. When has a multi-hit game, Arizona's record is 22-9. When he homers, we've gone 14-4. Among the regulars, Ross and Kubel also hit better when we win: or, if you prefer, we win when they hit better. At the other end of the spectrum (and discounting Wilson's small sample size), we see that Miggy hits 89 points worse when we win, which is kinda weird.