Diamondbacks Trends: Downward Spiral?

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The Diamondbacks' swing through the humid east coast didn't improve after leaving Washington. A sweep at the hands of the Braves was followed by losses to the Mets, giving us a 5-game losing streak, before we took the last two in New York. Some surprising contributors struggled, where others stepped up when needed.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Kennedy started against the Braves after serving his 10-game suspension, and lasted only 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks. But he rebounded with seven solid innings in the Mets finale, holding them to two runs with eight strikeouts.
Wade Miley
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Wade had another good start, and this one even better than the last. He pitched into the sixth inning against the Mets and Shaun Marcum. He struck out seven and did not allow a run.
Patrick Corbin
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Corbin's loss-less streak came to an end with his toughest outing of the year, which was not helped by rain. He allowed a home run, then three consecutive hits and a walk to fall behind 2-1 and left the bases loaded in a rain delay. Brad Ziegler later allowed all three of his baserunners to score. Corbin is now 9-1 on the season.
Randall Delgado
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Delgado has been a pleasant surprise as the fifth starter while Kennedy was out, and now Cahill. He long ball continues to be his down fall - he allowed one in Atlanta and two to the Mets, all solo shots - but he gets through six or seven innings with the team still close. Delgado broke the "starters don't win" streak with a win in New York on Wednesday night.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
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Bell pitched in the 2.2 total innings in Atlanta and New York, stranding two runners. With J.J. still recovering arm strength, Bell came in for the save Wednesday night, but blew one - on a home-run, natch - in the 13th today.
Josh Collmenter
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Collmenter had a decent game Sunday against the Braves, but earned his first loss in New York, giving up two runs in a walk-off loss in the 13th inning on Monday night. He worked two scoreless innings on Thursday.
Will Harris
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Harris's chance in a high leverage situation in Atlanta resulted in two of three inherited runners scoring, breaking a tie game. Still, he pitched four innings across the two series and did okay except for Saturday.
David Hernandez
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David is back to being a streaky pitcher, and not in the good way. He allowed four runs in just 0.1IP in a terrible 8th inning loss to the Braves Saturday night, another run in the 8th on Monday night, and a home run in the 8th on Wednesday. I am seeing a trend, and it is bringing back bad memories... But he had a perfect ninth today.
J.J. Putz
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Putz got the final out of the 8th inning Saturday (but not without allowing his inherited runner to score), and then blew Monday's save with two hits and a walk in the 9th. Not exactly a good return from the disabled list.
Chaz Roe
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Called up from Reno for the New York series when Cahill was placed on the DL to give the D'backs a bullpen arm until a starter is needed. He pitched in extra innings Monday night and walked the bases loaded in the 11th inning, before Sipp bailed him out. He also blew a 14th-inning save chance today, but got the W.
Tony Sipp
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Along with Hernandez, Sipp was hit hard in Saturday night's blowout loss. He allowed two of David's runners to score plus three more of his own (one scoring off Putz). Outside that, he pitched 2.2 scoreless innings and stranded six baserunners.
Zeke Spruill
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Spruill gave up his first run in a late loss in Atlanta, and was sent back to Reno when J.J. Putz was reinstated from the DL.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziegler's week was hugely variable. A scoreless 6th inning on Saturday was followed by a run on two hits and a walk Monday, and retiring one of four batters faced Tuesday. But, as last man out of the 'pen today, he put up a zero when the team truly needed it most.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
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Parra was hitting just .188 this week when he took a very rough fall in the outfield on Monday. He sat out two games of the New York series, returning for the finale, when he went 2-for-7.
Aaron Hill
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Hill's offense was sorely missed around here! He hit .350 - 7 for 20 - this week. He's scored two runs and driven in another. Just seeing him on base is a good feeling.
Paul Goldschmidt
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Yes, Goldy's two-run homer on Monday night was nice, but the four strikeouts after it were not. Paul struggled this week, having just three hits and a line similar to Parra's. He got his first day off in over a month on Wednesday night.
Martin Prado
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Not counting his 0-for-1 pinch-hit appearance Monday in New York, Prado has a nice 8-game hit streak going. He's hitting over .400, having gone 11-for-27. He had two RBI, and is now batting .255 for the season.
Miguel Montero
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Normally, a 5-for-21 week isn't anything to write home about, but Miggy was on base all four times on Wednesday against Harvey and the Mets. His 10-pitch walk fueled a meltdown for Harvey and a win for the D'backs.
Jason Kubel
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Kubel is back to being mediocre on offense. He had just three hits on the week, along with eight strikeouts.
Didi Gregorius
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I am calling him Dismal Didi only because it's late at night and I can't think of anything positive to say. Two hits and two walks, both of those intentional. It says a lot about his hot start that his season average has dropped to just .280.
Cody Ross
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Your hero of the week, Cody Ross! Yes, he may have only hit .240, but he had two key home runs (one of which would've given the team a win if not for a walk-off the next half) and five RBI.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Tony Campana
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Campana was 0-for-4 in his season debut against Matt Harvey, working a walk and stealing second base. He got his first three hits as a D-back the next day, and another SB, but also had his first CS and TOOTBLAN, out trying to tag up from first.
Eric Chavez
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Chavez had a hit in three of his starts, and two on Wednesday, but went hitless in six at-bats during the Mets' marathon finale, meaning he was only 4-for-23 on the week.
Eric Hinske
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Hinske was designated for assignment last week when Chavez came back.
Wil Nieves
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Nieves went 0-for-4 in a start in Atlanta, then 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter late Monday night in New York. However, he picked up four hits and two RBI, starting today's game. Factoid: he had as many ABs there, as June 17-July 3 combined.
Cliff Pennington
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Pennington was 4-for-14 in three starts this week, and came up big in bonus baseball, as has been his habit. Cliff is 8 for 11 with 3 RBIs in extra innings this season.
A.J. Pollock
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In four starts and three late appearances, Pollock hit .263. He hit his 6th home run of the year off the Braves' Tim Hudson.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
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Willie went on the disabled list Wednesday. As far as they can tell, his hand isn't broken, just "contused."
Trevor Cahill
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Cahill had yet another rough outing to cap his June Gloom (4.1 IP / 6 R / 3 HR), then was placed on the DL with a "hip contusion". Beats an unfashionable contusion any day...
Adam Eaton
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Eaton is still rehabbing with the Visalia Rawhide; but is now back to playing the field, and not just DHing. He'll be in San Jose against the Giants this weekend.
Daniel Hudson
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Hudson is home and recovering from Tommy John surgery #2.
Brandon McCarthy
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No news this week on McCarthy.
Matt Reynolds
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No news this week on Reynolds.

Stats run from 6/27 - 7/4.

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