Diamondbacks Trends: Sinking Slowly

Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

The Diamondbacks faced off against NL Central powerhouses Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. Taking two of three from Pittsburgh was nice, but losing ground in the NL Wild Card by dropping three of four to Cincinnati... not so nice.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Patrick Corbin
up
Corbin earned the only win against the Reds, and he did it himself by pitching a complete game. He only gave up a 2-run home run late in the game. Job well done.
Wade Miley
up
Miley went eight innings against Pittsburgh on Sunday, allowing just two runs. He struck out eight Pirates. The team eventually won in the 16th inning.
Brandon McCarthy
down
It is frustrating to be a fan of McCarthy. The Diamondbacks need him to be effective, and he just can't get right. He gave up four runs in five and two-thirds innings in Friday night's loss, then just got blasted in Cincinnati, singled and doubled to death and out after seven runs in just two and a third innings. He says he's spotted a mechanical flaw that he can fix.
Randall Delgado
down
It was a struggle for Delgado to get through six innings on Monday night. He gave up seven hits and three walks in six innings, allowing five runs. At least the home run he allowed was a solo shot.
Trevor Cahill
up
Cahill returned from the disabled list for this afternoon's start in Cinci. He was wild (three wild pitches in one inning) and ineffective (four walks) and yet he managed to go seven innings and give up just one run.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
up
A solid week for Bell, going 3.1 innings and giving up just one hit and one walk. He also struck out two, all in the same Pittsburgh game on Sunday.
Josh Collmenter
up
Collmenter pitched twice in the ever-necessary long relief role. First he pitched the middle-extra innings in Sunday's game, keeping the Pirates off the scoreboard for 2.1 innings. In relief of McCarthy yesterday, he pitched 1.2 innings, giving up a run on two hits.
Eury De La Rosa
dash
Eury was used a lot this past week, which I guess isn't that surprising. The double he gave up on Friday would come around to score after he left the game. He gave up no runs the next 2.2 IP, but today, the "unearned" run he allowed was on his own error and had scored on his own wild pitch.
Will Harris
up
Except for a snafu in Saturday's blowout victory over the Pirates (two hits, two hit-by-pitches, one run in and the bases loaded when he left), Harris did well. Outside of those 0.2 IP, Harris struck out four in three and a third hitless, walkless innings.
J.J. Putz
up
The home run J.J. gave up to Jose Tabata on Friday night was the first run he allowed since July 1st. That's a long string of pretty good outings. In total this week, Putz pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up the one run, two walks, and striking out five. He stranded the bases full of Reds yesterday evening.
Chaz Roe
dash
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Roe faced one batter in the Pittsburgh series and got the out, stranding two on base. He was optioned back to Reno before today's game for Trevor Cahill.
Joe Thatcher
up
'Twas a much better week for Thatcher, who gave up just two hits and no runs in 2.1 IP. He too left the bases loaded, with a strikeout Friday night.
Brad Ziegler
dash
Ziegler pitched two extra innings Sunday afternoon and earned the win. But on Wednesday night in Cincinnati, he struggled. He came in in the Dreaded Eighth Inning and gave up four hits and a walk, turning a 1-run deficit into a 3-run deficit an leaving the bases loaded. (All three runners were stranded.) Interestingly, the two outs Ziegler did get were strikeouts.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
down
Parra hit just below the Uecker line this week - a .194 average, and a similar BAbip, not helped by going 1-for-7 in the 16-inning game. His solo home run yesterday was a plus.
Adam Eaton
dash
Meanwhile, Eaton's line this week looks better having gone 4-for-7 in the marathon with two key RBI. Outside of that game, Adam was only 4-for-18, including 2-for-3 this afternoon.
Martin Prado
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Prado hit .415 in the 9-game hitting streak that ended with 0-for-3 this afternoon. He was 7-for-17 with a home run and four RBI against Pittsburgh, then 6-for-15 with another home run and another four RBI in the Reds series.
Paul Goldschmidt
up
star
Grand Slam Goldschmidt does it again, his third of the season which turned a 1-0 game into a 5-0 game. He actually hit two home runs for the week and three more RBI in Saturday afternoon's blowout win. Goldy was slugging .560 with an OBP of .433 for the week coming into today, in which he went 3-for-4.
Aaron Hill
up
Hill's own 13-game hitting streak was snapped yesterday, and that didn't last long, as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI this afternoon. This week, he hit an even .367 with two doubles and a home run.
Didi Gregorius
dash
Didi hit very well in the two Pittsburgh wins, going 5-for-10 with two RBI and two walks. But against the Reds, Didi was 1-for-9 with one walk and two strikeouts.
A.J. Pollock
up
A.J. had at least one hit in each of his five starts this week, plus an 0-for-1 as 9th inning pinch hitter (in a very key situation). Pollock's line was .286 /.375/.286, a solid week.
Wil Nieves
down
Nieves hit for just a .179 average this week (5-for-28), though two of his five hits were doubles, and he drove in three.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Tony Campana
dash
ESPN's Diamondbacks transactions page doesn't even list Campana's return to the team last week, so that's weird. Yet he's still here, and he went 1-for-4 as a pinch hitter.
Matt Davidson
down
Davidson was 0-for-everything this week - 0-for-7 as a starter and 0-for-3 as a pinch hitter. He had four strikeouts.
Tuffy Gosewisch
dash
Tuffy caught the first 11 innings of Sunday's marathon game, going 1-for-5 and grounding into two double-plays.
Jason Kubel
dash
Kubel was looking pretty good going into today's game, having three hits (two as a pinch hitter) with four RBI for the week. Then today happened, where he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Cliff Pennington
down
Pennington was just 1-for-9 with two strikeouts, the one hit coming as a pinch hitter on Monday night.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
bandaid
Willie will begin a rehab assignment with the Arizona rookie league.
Eric Chavez
bandaid
No recent news on Chavez.
Daniel Hudson
bandaid
Hudson is home and recovering from Tommy John surgery #2.
Miguel Montero
bandaid
Miguel will begin a rehab assignment with the Arizona rookie league.
Matt Reynolds
bandaid
No recent news on Reynolds.
Cody Ross
bandaid
Ross is home and recovering from hip surgery.

Stats run from 8/16 - 8/22.

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