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Dbacks Trends Double Edition: 4/19 - 5/1

The Rockies, and the Giants, and...oh, hey, the Rockies and Giants again. Wasn't that a fun two weeks? No, I didn't think so either. The Diamondbacks went 3-3 against them on the road, and 3-4 against them here at home. Every single game was decided by three or fewer runs. Talk about needing your acid reflux medicine...

Pennington's home run was a bright spot in a dismal series.
Pennington's home run was a bright spot in a dismal series.

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
Kennedy made three starts since we last checked in with him: in Colorado, San Francisco, and at home again facing the Giants. He was fabulous against the Rockies, giving up only three hits in six innings. Unfortunately, one of those hits was a two-run home run. The offense couldn't support Ian then, and he took the loss. He was also wonderful in San Francisco, keeping batters off-balance and giving up just one run in a game which the Diamondbacks eventually won. Kennedy struggled a little more on Monday, allowing four runs in seven innings. He left the game tied, but the bullpen gave up two more in the loss. Still, Kennedy seems to be getting back on track.
Trevor Cahill
Cahill was also the victim of lack of offense in Colorado, though giving up four runs in seven innings didn't help. Cahill finally - barely - earned his first win of the season facing the Rockies at home last week. He threw 105 pitches but made it through five innings allowing just one run. That was a struggle. Then Tuesday against the Giants came a game he certainly deserved to win: Trevor took a shutout into the 9th inning, gave up a leadoff single, then sat back and watched as J.J. Putz gave up a home run to Pablo Sandoval. Cahill may have pitch count issues now and then, but when that sinker is working, he's unhittable.
Brandon McCarthy
Oh Brandon, what do we do about you? Three starts, six innings each, eight or nine hits, four or six runs, and a home run or two in each game. His strikeouts were there in his past two outings (13 combined) but his BABIP is .356, and the line drives and fly balls (54) way outnumber his ground balls (22). Something has to change..
Wade Miley
Wade pitched great in San Francisco last Monday, giving up just two runs in the first inning and pitching into the seventh with seven strikeouts. His start on Saturday against the Rockies was Edwin Jackson-esque - he gave up seven walks (four in the first inning!) and four hits and nobody scored. He was nearing 100 pitches when he was pulled in the 5th inning.
Patrick Corbin
Corbin continues to excel here in the big leagues. He pitched into the eighth inning in San Francisco, the seventh at home against Colorado, and gave up only two runs in each start. He struck out a combined 12 while walking nobody.


Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
The Heath Bell Experience rolls on. Bell did well on the road trip portion of the past two weeks, throwing a scoreless inning in Colorado and San Francisco. But on Saturday against the Rockies, he allowed his first own run since the first week of April, and he imploded yesterday against the Giants: two walks and a double scored one run, a sacrifice fly scored the second. His ERA jumped nearly a point and a half yesterday, back up to 5.91.
Josh Collmenter
Collmenter continues to be a reliable force out of the Diamondbacks bullpen. He pitched two scoreless innings in Colorado, then three innings and allowed only one run in much-needed long relief last Thursday, the first day back from the road trip.
David Hernandez
These are not David Hernandez-like numbers: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 6 ER, 3 HR. He has three blown saves these past two weeks, and yesterday's was a blown save-loss. He did get a hold in San Francisco and pitched two shutout innings in Saturday's win, but otherwise... wow.
J.J. Putz
Your set-up man is one thing, but a guy you really don't want to have to worry about is your closer. J.J. was responsible for Tuesday's blown save-loss, and he also blew a save opportunity last Tuesday night in San Francisco. But he also racked up three saves and a win in the past two weeks, so while J.J.'s numbers are disconcerting, the episodes of success that still appear are encouraging.
Matt Reynolds
Where would the team be without Reynolds? He notched his first two saves in San Francisco, and earned two holds here at home. He still hasn't allowed a run this season! (He allowed one inherited runner a few weeks ago.) Reynolds allowed only three hits in 5.2 IP, and struck out the side in his appearance last night.
Tony Sipp
Sipp unfortunately took a walk-off loss in San Francisco, but has been steady since then - 2.2 scoreless innings pitched here at home this past week.
Brad Ziegler
Ziegler is known for getting out of jams with one pitch. Indeed, these past weeks he stranded all six baserunners he inherited. The one run he allowed to the Rockies on Saturday didn't matter, but his outing on Monday was atypical - he came into a tie game, allowed two hits and two walks and two runs and couldn't get out of the inning.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
Parra is back in positive territory! Parra was in the middle of a 14-game on-base streak, which unfortunately ended with an 0-for-5 day on Monday. He scored eight runs and drove in three with his OPS of .880 for the past two weeks.
Martin Prado
Martin is slowly, and I mean very slowly, starting to come out of this slump. His BAbip was an even .200 these past two weeks, his BA at .189, his OPS at a not-good .496. His only RBI this entire period was a solo home run on Monday. The good news is that he was 5-for-14 against the Giants these last three days, so perhaps this slump will soon be in the rearview mirror.
Miguel Montero
Miggy is still in an even bigger slump than Prado. He had only six hits these past two weeks, three walks, seven strikeouts and two double-play balls. But lately the ball has seemed to be just getting caught by the fielders, and his swings have looked better. Prado and Montero need to step it up.
Paul Goldschmidt

Not doing much better right now is Goldschmidt. His BA was .190 and BAbip .231, but he did have two home runs and nine walks for an OPS of .703. He drove in six runs and also stole two bases.
Cody Ross
Ross was hot when he first came off the DL and has provided some crucial hits and RBI, including the walk-off sacrifice fly Saturday night. His defense has also been excellent. But a .214/.277/.310/.586 two-week period is not exactly deserving of positive.
A.J. Pollock
Pollock had been pretty consistent recently, getting a hit in all but one game in the road trip portion. Since being back here at home, he's either been hot (3-for-5 with a home run, 2-for-5 with two runs scored) or cold (0-for-12).
Alfredo Marte
Marte has been used more as a pinch-hitter as of late, and he is still definitely struggling with the bat. He was 3-for-13 as a starter and 0-for-6 with a walk as a pinch hitter.
Cliff Pennington
Pennington certainly isn't playing every day for his offense. He was 2-for-21 (with, interestingly, two intentional walks) and no RBI in the Colorado-San Francisco-Colorado portions of the past two weeks. In the recent three sweep by San Francisco, though, he was 5-for-11, including a three-run home run off of Tim Lincecum on Wednesday night. His defense, however cannot be underrated: he is tied for the NL lead in double-plays turned with 21.


Player Trend Notes
Eric Chavez
Chavez has gotten quite a few starts, due in part to Kubel's DL time. He has gotten a hit in all but one of those starts, with a line of .333/.379/.815/1.194 for the two-week period. An OPS of 1.194! That's what four home runs will get you.
Eric Hinske
Hinske had two hits, one of those a double, in eight pinch-hit at-bats.
Jason Kubel
Kubel came off of the DL on Sunday when the team placed Didi Gregorius on it. He went 0-for-3 (with a putout from left field) in his return, and then went 3-for-8 with a home run in the series against the Giants.
Wil Nieves
Nieves continues to make the most of his starts, going 4-for-7 in them. He had a sac fly-RBI in last Wednesday's win in San Francisco.
Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson provided the lone run for Arizona in last night's contest with a solo shot, but other than that, went 3-for-16.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
Willie has started playing in extended spring training games. There haven't been any reported setbacks.
Adam Eaton
Eaton will soon be sent on a minor league rehab assignment, originally to play DH and gradually move back into the field. While the team says he might be ready around the middle of the month, the intent is for him to play as long as he can.
Didi Gregorius
Gregorius was beaned in the head on Friday and placed on the 7-day concussion DL. He is eligible to come back on Saturday, and has been cleared to resume all baseball activities.
Aaron Hill
Hill, unfortunately, still is not close to returning. The doctors left his hand in the splint, and he'll be re-evaluated next week.
Daniel Hudson
Dan has looked very good facing live hitters and playing long toss. He will begin throwing on a 5-day cycle with bullpen session.

Stats run from 4/19 - 5/1.