Diamondbacks Trends: Walk-off Magic

Norm Hall

Can you believe this week? I mean, can you believe it? The Diamondbacks went 4-2 with three straight walk-off victories against the Baltimore Orioles. We know the heros include Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill, but let's see how everyone else did. ['charmer covered the pitchers, and Jim did the hitters this week, so don't expect any "consistency" with the arrows!]

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Patrick Corbin
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"So.. not Corbin's best start" was how kishi put it yesterday. He allowed six runs in his two starts this week, two in six innings against the Mets and four in seven innings against the Orioles. While, no, not his best start yesterday, Corbin did limit the four runs to just the 2nd inning, and settled down nicely to pitch seven innings.
Wade Miley
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Miley also allowed four runs to the Orioles in his game, spreading his out one run in an inning, as he too pitched seven full innings.
Brandon McCarthy
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McCarthy pitched very well against the Mets, seven full innings allowing just two runs in the 4th inning. It was unfortunate that he took the loss in this one.
Randall Delgado
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Delgado did a little bit better this week against the O's than last week against the other AL East powerhouses. He pitched seven innings and all three runs he allowed came via two home runs.
Zeke Spruill
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Spruill was again called up from Reno for a spot start, and again struggled. He allowed five runs (albeit only one earned) in just three innings of work. Four runs came in the 1st inning, and all runs were with two outs.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
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Bell had his first rocky outing in quite a while on Friday against the Mets, allowing two runs in the 8th inning and technically blowing the save. He allowed another late run Sunday. Bell was terrific during the Baltimore series, pitching 2.1 hitless innings and earning two wins in the walk-offs.
Josh Collmenter
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Long relief for the win. Collmenter pitched six scoreless innings this week - three middle innings Sunday against the Mets, two hits two strikeouts, and three extra innings Wednesday afternoon, two hits five strikeouts.
Eury De La Rosa
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Eury had a perfect 1.1 innings pitched this week, striking out his only Met batter and pitching a scoreless 8th inning on Tuesday night against Baltimore.
Will Harris
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Harris's only bump this week was giving up a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the 7th inning in Sunday's loss to New York. Outside of that, he pitched three scoreless, with one hit and one strikeout.
David Hernandez
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After giving up two runs in the 8th inning in what was a close game against the Mets on Saturday, Hernandez was optioned down to Triple-A Reno.
J.J. Putz
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J.J. continues to do well in the middle-late relief role. In an inning and two-thirds, he gave up just two hits, one in each outing this week. He earned a hold Friday and the win yesterday.
Chaz Roe
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Roe was brought back up to the Diamondbacks on Monday but has yet to appear in a game.
Joe Thatcher
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For a pitcher brought in to face only one batter, Thatcher didn't exactly do his job well this week. He gave up a home run to Chris Davis on Monday and a single to him on Wednesday. He gave up a hit and a walk in the 7th inning of Sunday's Mets game, and those runners later scored.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziegler blew his first save of the season against the Orioles on Monday night, but of course, the team rallied for the win. He also earned the win late on Friday, and pitched a scoreless inning and two thirds on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
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Parra rebounded nicely, with four multi-hit games this week, and five of his eight hits were for extra bases, including his first home-run since June 22. While he only walked once, an OBP of .375 is more than acceptable.
Adam Eaton
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Eaton started four times, going 5-for-19 with a solid enough .774 OPS. He also swatted his first home-run of the season, and chose a good time to do it, giving us our first walk-off win over Baltimore.
Martin Prado
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One of three players to start all six games, Prado went 7-for-27 to hit .259, but walked more than he struck out, and had some key hits, driving in four runs.
Paul Goldschmidt
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A typical Goldschmidt round: five hits, but most of those didn't come back: half of all his hits in August have gone over the fence. He hit .217 this week, but the three home-runs gave him an OPS of over a thousand, and you can't argue with his sense of timing!
Aaron Hill
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Led the team in: hits (11), RBI (9), total bases (23), BA (.423), OBP (.464), SLG (.885) and, inevitably, OPS, at an amazing 1.349. Not sure there have been many better weeks this season, as Hill went 11-for-26
Didi Gregorius
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Continuing to bumble along the bottom offensively, Gregorius did improve on last week, though 2-for-16 is not going to get you much else than a down arrow.
A.J. Pollock
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Pollock was right on the Uecker Line again this week, going 4-for-20. That got him a dash from 'charmer last week, but I grade on a harsher curve, so thumbs down for AJ!
Wil Nieves
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Your starting catcher continued to start and do it well: 6-for-20 with three extra-base hits, including his first home-run of the season and an .883 OPS. Among all hitters with 50+ PAs (Nieves has 142), Wil's .348 average trails only Cabrera, HanRam and the Puig.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Matt Davidson
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Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Davidson. After getting to play sooner than expected, following Ross's injury, Davidson went 3-for-9 and drove in his first run.
Tuffy Gosewisch
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Tuffy started once, and came off the bench in yesterday's marathon effort, going 1-for-6 over the two games.
Jason Kubel
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Last time Kubel reached base safely was August 2nd. Since the All-Star break, he's 4-for-36 with one walk, 12 strikeouts and a .302 OPS. Saw less playing time than Gosewisch, which tells you how far his stock has fallen.
Cliff Pennington
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Pennington went 2-for-8 with four strikeouts.
Tony Campana
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Campana gonna Campana. By which I mean, get a bunt single on his only AB since being called up, steal second, take third on a wild pitch, and come around to score. We're 3-0 when Campana appears.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
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Willie was recently cleared to begin baseball activities.
Trevor Cahill
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Cahill third rehab start went much better than his first two. He pitched seven full innings and allowed just two runs on five hits. He will likely return to the rotation this weekend.
Eric Chavez
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Chavez was placed on the DL again on Sunday, this time for "left knee and hip issues." He says he feels good and will likely only need the 15 day minimum.
Daniel Hudson
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Hudson is home and recovering from Tommy John surgery #2.
Miguel Montero
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Miguel returned to baseball activities (batting practice) earlier in the week and could start a rehab assignment soon.
Matt Reynolds
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No recent news on Reynolds.
Cody Ross
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A big offensive component was lost for the season on Sunday. Cody Ross fractured his right hip. He had successful surgery on Tuesday and will hopefully be ready for Spring Training.

Stats run from 8/9 - 8/14.

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