Diamondbacks Trends: Two Thirds of the Way

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when all the Diamondbacks would do was have .500 weeks? I miss those times, as they were much better than these sub-.500 weeks of late. Arizona earned one win in three against the Padres, one in two against the Rays, and a loss to the Texas Rangers in a make-up game. With the season now two thirds through, where do the problems lie?

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Kennedy took the loss in the first Tampa Bay game, giving up three runs in five innings, a typical outing for Ian. The next day, he was traded to the San Diego Padres.
Wade Miley
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A great night again from Wade Miley, who pitched into the 7th inning, giving up no runs, two hits, and striking out eight. Those two hits would look a little more impressive if he didn't also walk five batters, but the zero run are most important.
Patrick Corbin
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A typical All-Start Patrick Corbin game - eight innings, one run to the Padres on Sunday, also striking out eight. But he was given no run support, and the Diamondbacks lost 1-0.
Randall Delgado
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You don't usually expect your number five starter to give you a complete game shutout, but that's what Delgado did on Friday, the first game against the Padres and the only win. Delgado gave up only three hits and a walk, lowering his ERA to 2.85.
Tyler Skaggs
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Skaggs had his roughest outing of the year on Saturday, and it might've been been enough to keep him in Reno for a while. Skaggs could not get out of the fourth inning, giving up three hits, five walks, and seven runs. The last straw was a two-out, two-run home run to Chris Denorfia. With both McCarthy and Cahill about to come off the DL, Skaggs may not be needed for a while.
Zeke Spruill
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However, since McCarthy and Cahill aren't quite ready, we were treated to the first major league start of Zeke Spruill's debut. Unfortunately, it did not go as well as hoped. He gave up three solo home runs and a two-RBI double in just four innings of work.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
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The Heath Bell Experience has been a positive one as of late. Bell got the final out of the loss to San Diego on Saturday, stranding two runners, and then he struck out two batters with the bases loaded in Wednesday's win, followed by another scoreless inning of work.
Josh Collmenter
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Collmenter pitched two innings on Saturday, giving up a solo home run. He pitched two scoreless innings today in Texas, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
Will Harris
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Harris pitched a combined two innings of ball, giving up three hits and two walks but amazingly only one run.
David Hernandez
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David came into the 9th inning of Saturday's blowout loss and just made it worse, giving up three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks. He couldn't even finish the 9th inning. He must be glad to see the calendar turn to August - he stranded a leadoff double in a scoreless inning of work this evening.
J.J. Putz
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J.J. closed out the win in Tampa Bay with a perfect 9th inning, striking out one.
Chaz Roe
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Roe was with the team just a few days as bullpen help. He pitched one inning in Tuesday's loss to the Rays, giving up three hits and a run. He was optioned back to Reno to make roster room for Spruill.
Tony Sipp
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Sipp relieved Skaggs on Saturday and immediately gave up a solo home run, but pitched a scoreless inning following that. He also pitched a scoreless inning in Tampa, but gave up two runs - unearned, but on his own error - in the ball game against the Rangers.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziegler did not have a save opportunity this week, but worked a scoreless 9th inning in Sunday's 1-0 loss to San Diego.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
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It was a very similar week for Parra as the last - just three hits all week, only two walks, and five strikeouts.
Adam Eaton
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Eaton had just two hits this week, going 2-for-16 without a walk or extra base hit. Interestingly, he played in all four of this week's losses, and neither of the wins...
Paul Goldschmidt
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Everybody's wondering how to fix our golden boy. Poor Paul was just 3-for-24 this week. Two of those three hits were home runs, but he also struck out 10 times.
Eric Chavez
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Chavez had a great time in Tampa Bay, hitting two two-run home runs and collecting five RBI. For the week he hit for a .300 average, including three walks and six strikeouts.
Martin Prado
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Another solid week for Martin, as he racked up seven hits (.333 average), three of them doubles. He had two RBI and two walks, but also ground into three double plays.
Cliff Pennington
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Pennington's offensive has been noticed by Kirk Gibson, who started Cliff in four of this week's six games. He had six hits, including a double and a triple, for a line of .429/.467/.643/1.110 (not including his 0-for-1 today).
Wil Nieves
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Nieves will get most of the starts for a few weeks, with Miguel Montero now on the disabled list with a back injury. In three games this week, he had a nice even line of .250/.250/.250/.500.
A.J. Pollock
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Even with Eaton back, Pollock has been mainly playing center field, shifting Eaton to left when they are in there together. Pollock played in three and a half games this week, and he collected just three hits. He went 2-for-5 with two RBI in the blowout victory Friday night.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Tuffy Gosewisch
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Tuffy got his first major league hit in his first major league start Thursday in Texas. Welcome to the 'bigs!
Didi Gregorius
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Didi went just 2-for-7 in two games, one against the Padres and the Rangers game.
Aaron Hill
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Hill, who was removed as a precaution in Friday night's Padres rout after going 2-for-2, racked up three more hits in Tampa Bay. His line for the week was .333/.333/.467/.800.
Jason Kubel
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Kubel's only hit this week was a double against the Padres on Saturday night. He was 1-for-11 with three strikeouts. His season average is down to .226.
Cody Ross
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Ross had a great week, going 7-for-14 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. His stolen base led to the only run Thursday in Texas. (The hats probably helped.)

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
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No news this week on Willie.
Trevor Cahill
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On Tuesday, Cahill pitched in Oklahoma City on the road with the Triple-A Reno Aces. He pitched five and a third innings, allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks. No word yet on whether he needs another rehab game.
Daniel Hudson
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Hudson is home and recovering from Tommy John surgery #2.
Brandon McCarthy
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McCarthy had a second start for the Reno Aces, going six innings and allowing three runs (two earned). If he feels good, he'll likely rejoin the rotation this weekend in Boston. (He is with the team - he was seen in the dugout Thursday night.)
Miguel Montero
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Montero made three starts this week, hitting an even 2-for-10 with four strikeouts. He is now on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 29th with an upper back strain.
Matt Reynolds
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Reynolds was scheduled to begin playing catch last week.

Stats run from 7/26 - 8/1.

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