Diamondbacks Trends: Boston and Tampa

Jennifer Stewart

Statisticians beware - Small Sample Size disclaimer in effect, as the Diamondbacks go 3-2 against the Red Sox and Rays in this short week.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Wade Miley
up
In his second straight outing against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wade Miley did just as well - he pitched seven full innings and gave up one run, on a solo home run. He scattered only four other hits and two walks. Wade's ERA has been falling below 4 these last three starts and now sits at 3.56.
Patrick Corbin
up
Corbin held the Red Sox scoreless until a solo home run in the 5th inning Saturday, then gave up three singles without an out in the 7th, and two more runs crossed the plate. He struck out six and walked two, and took the loss.
Brandon McCarthy
dash
McCarthy's first start in two months was a job well done, despite the end result. He was great through the first four, then allowed four hits and two runs in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, one out, and McCarthy close to 100 pitches, he was done for the day.
Randall Delgado
down
I don't think Delgado likes the AL East. Delgado gave up six runs (four earned) in six innings (two home runs but also seven strikeouts) in Friday's Red Sox game, a game in which the Diamondbacks managed to score seven runs and give Delgado the W. In yesterday's high-strung shoot-out with the Rays, he allowed four runs in just five innings of work - three in the first, and a solo home run in the fourth.

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
up
Bell had another great week, showing us all why he might be worth at least some of the big bucks owed to him. He pitched three scoreless 8th innings, plus he got out of a minor mess by Joe Thatcher. He struck out four and only allowed one hit, though he did hit two batters.
Josh Collmenter
down
Collmenter's ERA for the week: 22.50. If you really want to know, he gave up eight hits and two walks. He came in clean and left the bases loaded both times. Not a good week for Collmenter.
Will Harris
dash
Harris had a good week, but one between up arrow and dash. He got out of McCarthy's bases-loaded jam without giving up a run, which was great. He'd given up one inherited run the day before, but only on a sacrifice fly, and struck out the next guy. But yesterday, he gave up a hit to the only batter he faced, which brought in two runs, and his own batter would also later score. Hmm.
David Hernandez
down
Nope, turning the calendar to August didn't help. David pitched in the 8th inning on Saturday and gave up a leadoff walk, got a strikeout, and then gave up a two-run home run. It turned a one-run game into a three-run game, putting it out of reach.
J.J. Putz
up
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.
Tony Sipp
dash
bus
Sipp pitched in Friday's win in Boston, closing out the 8th in relief of Hernandez. The next day, he was designated for assignment to make room for Brandon McCarthy.
Joe Thatcher
dash
New Diamondback reliever Thatcher made more appearances than anybody this week, pitching in all three Red Sox games and one of the Rays games. The two total innings in Boston were scoreless, despite the two two-out walks on Sunday. He technically blew a save last night in the 7th by allowing both of his inherited runners to score.
Brad Ziegler
up
Ziggy picked up saves #6 and #7 this week. He also pitched the 9th inning on Tuesday, striking out two.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
dash
Maybe Parra is getting back on track - he had a single in three of the four games in which he played and only struck out once.
Martin Prado
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star
Even with a SSS disclaimer, it's hard to have a better week than Prado did. The only game in which he didn't have a hit (Saturday), he walked twice. His line of .474/.545/.842/1.388 represents nine hits (four doubles), three walks, and a home run. He had six RBI, four of them coming in his 4-for-4 outing last night. His season batting average is up to a much nicer .274.
Paul Goldschmidt
up
Goldy got the Red Sox series off to a great start with a home run over the Green Monster, and another home run the next day. Overall, he was 5-for-18 with four walks, four RBI, and four runs scored.
Aaron Hill
up
Another solid week for Hill with a line of .350/.381/.500/.881. Three of his seven hits went for doubles, and he had three RBI and three runs scored.
Eric Chavez
up
Chavvy went 0-for-4 as a DH in Boston, but destroyed Rays pitching again this week - four hits (two of them doubles), three RBI, and three runs scored.
Cody Ross
dash
Ross took it out on his former team, going 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Friday night's victory against the Red Sox. He was 2-for-8 the other two games, and 1-for-7 in the Rays series - with the one hit being a 3-run home run.
Didi Gregorius
down
Didi may be the shortstop of the future, but right now, he can't hit. He was 1-for-13, which is an average so low that BBREF thinks it's zero. (It's really 0.08.) He had seven strikeouts.
Wil Nieves
up
Still one of the greatest backup catchers in the game. He had seven hits this week for an average of .368. Just one RBI on a sac fly, four strikeouts, and one double play.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Adam Eaton
up
Eaton mainly played in the Tampa Bay series, going 3-for-7 and scoring three runs.
Tuffy Gosewisch
dash
Tuffy got the start Sunday in Boston and went 1-for-3.
Jason Kubel
dash
Kubel played in two games against the Red Sox, one as a DH (2-for-5) and one as the left fielder (0-for-4).
Cliff Pennington
dash
Pennington went 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch in Saturday's game.
A.J. Pollock
dash
Pollock went 2-for-10 with three strikeouts in part-time action this week.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
bandaid
No news this week on Willie.
Trevor Cahill
bandaid
Cahill started for the Reno Aces again on Monday night. He surrendered six earned runs and couldn't get out of the 5th inning. He will need at least one more start.
Daniel Hudson
bandaid
Hudson is home and recovering from Tommy John surgery #2.
Miguel Montero
bandaid
Kirk Gibson said Tuesday that Miggy is "not close" to returning. He had an epidural injection last week and and is resting to let the inflammation subside.
Matt Reynolds
bandaid
No recent news on Reynolds.

Stats run from 8/2 - 8/6.

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