Diamondbacks Trends: Second Place Week

Christian Petersen

Dropping two of three to the NL West Giants and only splitting the series with the Cubs wasn't a great way to begin the second half of the season. The mediocre performances by the Diamondbacks finally took their toll, as the Dodgers won six in a row to pull ahead in the race. But it's not over yet, and as you can see below, there are some good signs that this team is pulling it together.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
down
Kennedy pitched well in San Francisco, allowing just two runs in the first inning. But against the Cubs, an error extended the fifth inning and four runs to score (on top of the two earned). Both were relatively short outings for Ian.
Wade Miley
up
Miley allowed two runs in four innings in San Francisco, given a quick hook likely because of the offensive opportunities. He pitched really well yesterday to salvage a split against the Cubs - 7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 R.
Patrick Corbin
up
Patrick pitched really well in the other Chicago win, allowing one run on four hits (and three walks) in six innings.
Randall Delgado
up
Delgado kept the Giants off the board on Sunday afternoon, giving up just three hits (but four walks) as he pitched into the sixth inning. He earned his second victory of the year.
Tyler Skaggs
dash
While technically it was a quality start for Skaggs (6 IP / 3 ER), giving up all three of his runs on the long ball isn't something we like to see. He did strand the other six baserunners.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
up
Whatever Heath Bell is doing, or Kirk Gibson doing for him, keep it up. In four games this week (five innings - his first scoreless two-inning appearance in over three years), Bell gave up four hits, no walks, and struck out five. Allowing no runs is the key.
Josh Collmenter
dash
Collmenter was hit in San Francisco, giving up a two-out, two-run home run to Buster Posey. Since returning home, he pitched in two other one-inning stints, giving up a walk and getting a strikeout in each.
Eury De La Rosa
bus
De La Rosa got one key out in Sunday's win in San Francisco, then was sent back to Reno to make room for Skaggs.
Will Harris
up
Harris continues to impress. He pitched well in SF, even striking out the side in the seventh inning on Saturday. He did allow three hits and a run in Monday's loss, though.
David Hernandez
down
In the month of July, Hernandez has allowed six runs in 10 innings of work. This week, he was fine in San Francisco, but gave up a two-run home run in Tuesday's win (the team was ahead by six when he entered), then took the loss in the 12th inning Wednesday night. He was deeply affected by that loss, and he knows he needs to improve.
J.J. Putz
dash
J.J.'s been doing well in middle-late innings. His last three games, he pitched 2.1 innings, giving up just a hit and stranding both runners he inherited. The two strikeouts are nice; the three walks, less so...
Tony Sipp
down
Sipp walked the only man he faced on Monday, and gave up a solo home run in the 9th in Wednesday's blowout victory.
Brad Ziegler
up
Ziegler is 5-for-5 in save opportunities, amassing two more this week, one each against the Giants and Cubs. He gave up four hits, and stranded three of those baserunners.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
down
Parra had just three hits all week, and two of them came in the 12-inning game Wednesday night. He did take five walks, at least.
Aaron Hill
dash
Hill got a bit of a break against the Cubs, only starting two of those games, and striking out as a pinch hitter. Elsewhere, he was only 4-for-19 (.211) with seven strikeouts. He had a key two-run home run in yesterday's victory.
Paul Goldschmidt
up
Dale Sveum doesn't know how to advise his relievers to pitch to Goldy. His high this week was probably going 1-for-3 with four walks and a 3-run home run in what was eventually the 12-inning loss. His line for the week was .292/.455/.500/.955, with eight walks and six RBI.
Martin Prado
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The Prado we all thought we traded for has appeared again! He went 10-for-27 this week (that's .370) with a double, a triple, a home run and six RBI.
Miguel Montero
dash
Montero has been sidelined the past three games (plus tonight) with a stiff back. He had a great first two days in SF, going 4-for-8, but was 0-for-7 after that.
Adam Eaton
dash
Eaton is still waiting for his swing to come around, and it is getting there. Overall for the week he hit .250, including 3-for-4 with three runs scored in Tuesday's win.
Jason Kubel
down
Kubel's one hit this week came as a pinch hitter on Tuesday. Otherwise, he was 0-for-11.
Didi Gregorius
dash
In part-time action this week, Didi hit .308/.438/.385/.822, helped by going 3-for-3 with a walk in Monday's loss.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Eric Chavez
up
Chavez was 0-for-3 as a pinch hitter, but on Tuesday and Wednesday at third base, he went 4-for-9 with a triple and three RBI.
Wil Nieves
up
Nieves continues to be the best and probably most underrated backup catcher in the league. In three starts in the Cubs series, his line was .429/.429/.571/1.000.
Cliff Pennington
up
Pennington was 4-for-11 in three starts at shortstop this week. He was 0-for-2 with a walk as a pinch hitter/extra inning man.
A.J. Pollock
dash
Pollock did well in part-time action, hitting .250 with a double, triple, and three RBI.
Cody Ross
dash
Ross went 4-for-16 in his four starts, and 0-for-2 with a (temporarily) game-tying sac fly as a pinch hitter.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
bandaid
No news this week on Willie.
Trevor Cahill
bandaid
Cahill had his first rehab outing in Arizona Rookie League. He pitched five innings, giving up two hits and striking out nine. Stats aren't important for this level of ball, we'll wait to see how he feels after the outing.
Daniel Hudson
bandaid
Hudson is home and recovering from Tommy John surgery #2.
Brandon McCarthy
bandaid
McCarthy had a rehab start too, pitching for the Reno Aces. He lasted 4.1 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits. He'll have at least one more start with Reno to continue building strength and endurance.
Matt Reynolds
bandaid
Reynolds was scheduled to begin playing catch on Wednesday.

Stats run from 7/19 - 7/25.

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