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Diamondbacks Ups and Downs: May 9th - May 16th

Up up and away? Maybe?  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Up up and away? Maybe? (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The pitching and offense both struggled on the home stand last week, so don't expect much out of a 2-5 week. However, some players seem to be turning their ships around. We just need this flotilla to all go the same direction.

Read on to see how all the Diamondbacks have done this past week.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
Six innings and two earned runs in L.A. is much better than seven innings and six earned runs against the Cardinals. He was still tagged with the loss, but that was a product of lack of offense.
Wade Miley
Miley has thrown the ball really well since being promoted from the bullpen to take Daniel Hudson's spot. His outing against New York two weeks ago was his worst of the season. He took an unfortunate loss against St. Louis, but beat the Dodgers last night in a great game. His only mistake was allowing the solo homer to Mark Ellis in the 6th.
Trevor Cahill
Cahill's sinker was in fine form against the Nationals, but sadly, Cahill hasn't been able to duplicate that kind of performance. He struggled against the Giants, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, and he was unable to get out of the 6th inning.
Patrick Corbin
Corbin had a fabulous home start against the Giants on Friday. He only allowed one run (a solo home run) on three hits, and set down 12 batters in a row in the middle innings. A really good, promising start from the youngster, and way to bounce back after the Mets game.
Joe Saunders
Well we all knew Joe wouldn't sustain his sub-1 ERA forever, but did he have to regress that far? Joe's start against the Giants was his second straight of allowing 6 earned runs, though at least this time he pitched five full innings. Still, his ERA jumped nearly a full point this last week.


Player Trend Notes
Craig Breslow
Well, at least the former Oakland A's relievers are doing well! Like Ziegler, Breslow is up to 7.1 scoreless innings pitched, encompassing the month of May. Last week he threw 3.2 innings and didn't allow either of his two inherited runners to score. Two of those innings were against the Dodgers, where he struck out three, to close out the loss on Monday night.
Josh Collmenter
Collmenter came in in relief of Saunders against the Giants. He only allowed three hits and one run, striking out two. He's done well in his two relief appearances thus far.
David Hernandez
Hernandez was solid in three appearances last week, allowing only two hits and striking out four. There's the D-Hern we know and love.
J.J. Putz
J.J. didn't have such a great week. He came in a tie game against the Cardinals and gave up four runs in 0.2 innings. Ouch. However, he did come in for the non-save save last night in L.A. and only allowed one hit.
Bryan Shaw
Shaw had one rough inning against the Cardinals last Monday, and though he hasn't pitched much since then, he's done well. He threw a scoreless inning against the Giants, and earned a hold for his work in the 7th inning of last night's win in L.A.
Mike Zagurski
Zagurski threw two innings against the Giants, allowing one run and striking out three. His awful outing in Miami last month appears to have been just an aberration. Good work from the "Who's he again?" guy in the 'pen.
Brad Ziegler
Ziegler's own scoreless innings streak is up to 7, though he did allow one inherited runner to score against the Giants. Ziegler seems to be getting back to form, and his ERA is down close to 1.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
Willie being Willie. Willie's highlights include going 2-for-5 in the first game against the Giants, and 3-for-5 last night against the Dodgers. Of course, he was also caught stealing twice. (Believe it or not, he's only been caught stealing two other times this season.) Still, Willie's offense is keeping him in the lineup at this point.
Gerardo Parra
Parra averaged one hit a night in games he played this past week, which isn't too bad, but he's not taking any walks. He had a better road trip the week before, though, hence the minus sign.
Justin Upton
Upton's struggles at the plate continue with a sub-.200 week. He probably just pressing and being overly anxious trying to carry the team on his back, but when the supposed best hitter in your lineup is hitting barely .225, it hasn't been a good week. However, his energy last night in the dugout was great to see, and maybe he's turning it around.
Miguel Montero
Miggy was in line for a sub-Ueker line week, but played a big role in the win last night. However, it still seems like he's swinging for the fences and his pitch selection has to improve.
Jason Kubel
Kubel seems to be the one bright spot offensively for Arizona, and who would've thought we'd hear ourselves say that? He had a great series against the Giants over the weekend, going 5-for-8 with 3 doubles, and had a run and an RBI last night in LA. His average is over .300 on the season.
Paul Goldschmidt
Goldschmidt has dropped in the batting order and has been platooning regularly with Lyle Overbay. Goldy too had a great game against Madison Bumgarner - 3-for-4 with a home run - but outside of that, he's still struggling.
Aaron Hill
Normally, it seems like Hill rarely ends the day with an 0-fer, but he did it three times this past week. His outs seem to be less hard hit and more of the pop-up or strike-out variety. Yet another struggling Diamondback.
Ryan Roberts
He too has been platooning, with Cody Ransom, though Ryan got most of the playing time this past week. Ryan had a solid game last week to end the St. Louis series and he has seemed to be having fewer 0-fer nights. His season batting average still hovers around .200, and he had two strikeouts and a key GIDP last night, but he does seem to be improving.


Player Trend Notes
Henry Blanco
Poor Henry, the one guy Kirk Gibson doesn't seem to throw into his lineup at seemingly random spots. Blanco has only played in six games this season, and didn't play at all last week. Sounds like Montero's due for a break soon!
John McDonald
As much as we all love John McDonald's defense, his offense is less present than Willie's right now. John hasn't had a hit in a week and a half, since May 5th in New York. Before that, he was doing well and getting a lot of playing time.
Lyle Overbay
Overbay has been seeing more starting time at first base with Goldschmidt struggling, and he's made the most of it. He went 3-for-4 in a losing effort against St. Louis, and 1-for-3 last night with two walks. A .444 average last week is pretty darn good for a part-timer! Overbay may not be Arizona's best offensive threat, but I think he has good plate discipline. And, of course, veteraniness.
Cody Ransom
Ransom is having a career season, despite it being only mid-May. Hard to give him a minus sign toay, but that's what happens when you hit .333 with two home runs the week before! Ransom only started one game in the SF series and went 0-for-3.
A.J. Pollock
Pollock is rewarding his manager for giving him regular playing time. Pollock went 5-for-10 in three starts and two pinch-hit appearances last week. He also smacked his first home run, a solo shot, in Friday's win against the Giants.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Geoff Blum
He was moved to the 60-day DL with his strained oblique, and wouldn't be due to be activated for another month. He is on a limited workout program, but has not yet begun baseball activities.
Stephen Drew
Drew is still playing in Extended Spring Training games. He has graduated from a few innings to playing full nine inning-games. He went 2-for-4 with a double yesterday, and will start again Thursday. He could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.
Daniel Hudson
He faced live batters at Chase Field last week, and played in his first XST game this morning. Next up: a bullpen session on Saturday.
Takashi Saito
After a setback last month, Saito has started throwing again. No word on when he might throw in XST.
Chris Young
CY went 3-for-9 with three doubles in his first two rehab games with the High-A Visalia Rawhide, and hit a grand slam in today's game. He is supposed to go to AAA Reno this weekend; might he instead fly out to Kansas City?

Stats run from 5/9-5/15.