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Diamondbacks Ups and Downs: July 5-July 20 (Ouchies) Edition

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It's been a while but the Trending column is back in action - let's get to it. The D-backs took a bit of a nosedive heading into the All-Star break with some tough break losses to the Cardinals but quickly recovered to take the "Beat L.A." series to start the second half. Barry Enright was recalled and promptly imploded, Zach Duke was relegated, and Aaron Heilman was told that he wasn't allowed on the team anymore. Oh yeah, Brandon Allen is back, Geoff Blum (Zack Morris) made his debut, Juan Miranda is now in the "Biggest Little City in the World", and Stephen Drew no longer has a working right ankle.


And to top it all off, the Giants keep winning...

Follow the jump for all-duh-info...


And here we go:

Rotation Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy Kennedy was arguably one of the best players not to be on the All-Star game this year. It hasn't slowed him down though as he continued his brilliant season, posting back-to-back "quality starts" against the Cardinals and Dodgers. It was particularly nice to see him pitch well against St. Louis, a team that had torched him earlier in the year. His overall numbers were less impressive, but two wins and a 3.46 ERA with 10 K's over that span isn't a bad thing.
Daniel Hudson 3.6 fWAR to date. You like apples? How do you like dem apples? Hudson's K rate has dipped a bit lately, but it didn't matter in his last two outings as he allowed only 13 hits and 3 walks in 14 innings. Not exactly the most inspiring numbers, and he's still allowing a buttload of flyballs (tied a season high of 17 in his complete game against L.A.), but he's still a force. He also notched his second complete game.
Joe Saunders He's still not blowing anyone away, or cutting down on his walks, or allowing fewer home runs, but he has dropped his ERA to 3.82 and brought his ERA+ to over 100 for the first time this season. At this stage, Joe almost seems to be a lock for a "quality start" on any given day.
Barry Enright ^^^
Barry was doing well enough in Reno to warrant another look in the bigs. He answered the call by allowing 7 hits, 6 earned runs, and 4 home runs in just 3 innings. Enright was optioned back to Reno the next day. He tied a team record by allowing 3 home runs in one inning. [Insert argument about him being out of chances].
Josh Collmenter Advocates of keeping Collmenter in the rotation got their fill recently as the 'tomahawk' threw 14 shutout innings against the Brewers, allowing only 6 hits while sporting a sparkling 10:1 K:BB rate. There's a lot we can talk about, really. We can chat about the career high 7 strikeouts in his last start, or the second highest game score rating this season for a D-backs player, or maybe even the career high 9 groundballs that he induced in his most recent outing...
Zach Duke
Bad. I should just leave it at that, but for clarity here's a glimpse at Duke's line for his three starts in July: 15 innings, 17 hits, and 9 earned runs with a 4:5 K:BB. He's been relegated to the bullpen and has continued to struggle even in relief.


J.J. Putz 15-day DL retroactive to June 29 due to right elbow tendinitis. He's thrown a couple of bullpen sessions recently and pitched in a rehab game in the minors but still no timetable for a return.
David Hernandez Hernandez keeps tallying up the saves while Putz is out and he hasn't allowed a hit since June 29 (over 7 innings pitched during that span). Yeah, 7 no-hit innings of relief.
Juan Gutierrez 15-Day DL retroactive to May 25 due to right shoulder inflammation. An MRI found rotator cuff irritation but no tears. Gutierrez had a "setback" during his rehab and has been shutdown indefinitely.
Sam Demel
Demel showed flashes of being the solid reliever we've come to know and love, and miss when he's injured, but he also showed us even larger flashes of why he's merely a middle reliever at this point - 5 hits, 3 runs, and 2 home runs in just under 4 innings.
Ryan Cook
The Bay Bears lost their closer as the D-backs called upon Cook to spark some new life into the bullpen. His major league debut came in the 10th inning of a tie game against the Brewers in which he faced four batters, failing to record a single out and even balked. When your ERA and WHIP are infinite, you probably did something wrong.
Bryan Shaw --- Shaw allowed a hit and walk while striking out one in his first appearance back with the D-backs. Hopefully he can stick with the team this time as it seems like we're just shuffling through relievers on a weekly basis now.
Joe Paterson Joe was roughed up a couple of times, allowing a total of 3 runs in just over 2 innings of relief. Even more unfortunate, the two appearances in which he allowed runs were both go-ahead runs for the opposing team and Paterson was ultimately tagged with his second and third losses of the season.
Esmerling Vasquez ***
Esmerling allowed 5 runs and 6 hits in his last 5.1 innings with the Aces. His ERA in Reno bumped up to 6.75 and his chances of being recalled were slimmed.
Micah Owings Micah continues to be decent. He was brought in to pitch out of a bases loaded jam with no outs and he did just that - against the heart of the Brewers lineup no less. 4 innings of one run baseball is a good thing and Micah might soon find himself in the rotation again if Kevin Towers decides to go that route.
Alberto Castillo Castillo, much like Brazoban, has kind of been the Sean Burroughs of the bullpen. He's just sort of there but you're not exactly sure why.
Yhency Brazoban ***
Yeah, I don't even want to get into this...


Miguel Montero
Montero is going through one of his patented streaks where it is visually evident that he's over-swinging and over-thinking. He posted a .530 OPS with only one extra-base hit and he only managed one walk in 36 at-bats. A good indicator that he's in one of those patented slumps - he has a 3:19 BB:K rate in his last 89 at-bats. Yikes.
Juan Miranda ***
Miranda just didn't impress anyone in the first half of the season. I'm guessing we'll see him again in September.
Brandon Allen 2-9 with his only two hits going out of the playing field.
Kelly Johnson Things seem to be clearing up for Johnson... again. Yeah, it seems like I've said that a few times but Kelly is showing some promising signs. His ISO is back at where it was last season, his K% dropped and his BB% went up. All good things. His OBP is back above .300 and his OPS is slowly creeping back to the mid .750s.
Stephen Drew Drew was slumping before killing his ankle. He's likely done for the year.
Ryan Roberts I was relatively surprised when I pulled up the numbers to find out that Roberts has a 1.123 OPS in his last 11 games in 27 at-bats. Not only is that aesthetically pleasing, but man that's a good number. He posted a slash line of .333/.419/.704 with 3 home runs and a double.
Gerardo Parra Parra saw some playing time cut while Gibby decided to go the platoon/split route. That being said, Parra has reverted back to his so-so offensive self. He posted a .250/.308/.417 line in his last 24 at-bats with a home run and a double.
Chris Young More so-so offense from the outfield as Young only mustered a .700 OPS in 39 at-bats. He nabbed a stolen base but was also caught stealing while riding a 4:10 BB:K rate.
Justin Upton
Upton had fallen into an 0-20 skid before breaking out if by going 4-7 in his last two games against the Brewers.


Willie Bloomquist Willie had an eight game hit streak snapped recently but returned to action the next day to provide the tying run via a two-run double in the 8th inning against Milwaukee. He stole a pair of bases but was also responsible for 2,451 outs on the base path so I'm not sure if they should count.
Sean Burroughs +++
0-10 in his last 10 at-bats and an equally unimpressive 7-28 in pinch-hit appearances this season.
Xavier Nady
Posted a .598 OPS in his last 8 games, 6 in which he was a starter. I'm just not seeing it KT.
Geoff Blum Zack Morris went 1-7 with a walk and a strike out since his D-back debut. In other words, just about exactly what you had expected.
Henry Blanco 2-8 in three games. Again, almost non-existent to this team sometimes.


*** Optioned to Triple-A

+++ Outrighted to Triple-A and subsequently recalled

--- Recalled for the second time from Triple-A

^^^ Optioned to Triple-A, subsequently recalled, and optioned to Triple-A again