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Dbacks Trends for 5/24-5/30: Gaining Ground, But...

What is with these .500 weeks? As happy as I am to have gained ground in the division (we now lead the Giants by a game and a half, thanks to the Oakland A's), it would be nicer to have winning weeks. See who the heros and villains were this time.

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Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
Kennedy was scratched from his start this week due to a laceration on a finger sustained from a knife while washing dishes. Cue all baseball wives (including Amanda McCarthy) saying "Oh great, another excuse for my husband to avoid household chores."
Trevor Cahill
Cahill's game this week was sort of similar to last week - 7H, 4R (3ER) - but this time, he finished eight innings, struck out four, and did not give up a home run. The team scored late to tie and win the game.
Brandon McCarthy
Another great outing from McCarthy against the Padres - 7IP, 5H, 1R - got him win #2 on the year. Unfortunately, he followed that up with his worst outing of the year this afternoon against the Rangers - 2.2IP, 9H, 6R. It was not pretty. Be grateful it wasn't televised.
Wade Miley
Speaking of "worst outings of the year"... Wade, what happened, bro? Seven hits, seven runs (two given up after he left) as he couldn't get out of the 4th inning. He has alternated good and bad outings the past four games; it would be nice for Wade's World to get back to normal soon.
Patrick Corbin
It wasn't the cleanest outing of the year for Corbin, but it was enough to get him to 8-0! In six innings of work on Sunday, he gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks, including a home run. It was a team effort to get the run support and the win behind him.
Tyler Skaggs
Skaggs was brought up to be Monday's Game #1 starter in place of IPK. He held the Texas Rangers scoreless through six innings, striking out nine. Excellent 2013 debut for Skaggs who, as the 26th man in a double-header, went back to Reno after the game.


Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
He made it interesting at times, but he earned three saves this week, two vs the Padres and one in the first game of Monday's double-header. (In that one, he allowed all three inherited baserunners to score.)
Josh Collmenter
Josh gave up two hits, two walks, and two runs (one earned) in Saturday's loss to the Padres, then gave up four hits and three runs in 2.1 innings this afternoon. Not sure why the regression for Josh lately.
Will Harris
Harris's last three games have been good - three innings, no runs, two hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. Worth noting, though, that all the outings were incredibly low-leverage.
David Hernandez
Friday wasn't a great day for Hernandez, who gave up a solo home run, but Monday was better, when he struck out two in the first game.
Matt Reynolds
Reynolds tried to pitch two innings on Saturday, but was pulled with two baserunners on. Overall, Reynolds pitched three and a third innings, giving up just the one unearned run. He had only one strikeout, and that was this afternoon.
Tony Sipp
First ,Tony allowed two of Wade Miley's baserunners to score as San Diego broke it open on Saturday. Then, he was on the other end of the stick, as his three baserunners on Monday scored with Heath Bell pitching. He cleaned it up today with a scoreless inning.
Brad Ziegler
Ziegler allowed one inherited run in Saturday's loss, then gave up a run (after he left) in his second inning on Sunday. He earned the walk-off win Monday night by getting a single out.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
Parra went 7-for-23 this week, though with no extra base hits and only one RBI. Interestingly, his best game was Saturday's loss to the Padres, in which he went 3-for-5 and scored twice.
Didi Gregorius
Didi is dodoing it! His big hit was the game-tying home run in Monday's nightcap - he was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI that night. He also singled and scored this afternoon, and hit .250 on the week.
Paul Goldschmidt
Whatever Goldy forgot to do last week that made him not hit, he remembered for this week. The man hit 10-for-19 - that's an average of .526! Before today's 4-for-5 day, his OPS was 1.071. No homers this week, but he had three doubles and drove in five.
Eric Chavez
Chavez had a standard week, starting four of the six games at third base, but his workload might've caught up with him. He had to be removed from today's game during his first at-bat, and was diagnosed with a strained oblique. He is back in Phoenix for an MRI. (He only had two hits on the week, but both were home runs, and he drove in six.)
Martin Prado
Wow, when Martin breaks out of a slump, he really breaks out. He was hitting .563/.588/.750/1.338 before today's 2-for-4 game! He drove in five runs (including the first of today's runs) and scored three. He had no strikeouts and no GIDPs this week. Let's hope the real Martin Prado is back to stay...
Miguel Montero
Well, Miggy had a hit in four of his five games this week, and three of them were doubles, but... that's it. He only had one RBI, and eight strikeouts, including three this afternoon to leave four on base.
Cody Ross
Cody Cody Cody... after a .278 week, we really wanted you to go up, not down. Going 3-for-18 is not what we here at the 'Pit consider "good", although we did appreciate your solo home run Monday's first game.
A.J. Pollock
Pollock is back to his hitting-machine self this week, hitting 9-for-19 (.474) with two doubles, three runs, and two driven in. He did, unfortunately, ground into two double plays.


Player Trend Notes
Eric Hinske
Hinske was 1-for-2 in pinch hit attempts, and 0-for-3 (with three Ks) as a starter in the night game on Monday.
Jason Kubel
Tough week for Kubel, going just 3-for-16 with one RBI, and that was on a sac fly this afternoon. He had 5 Ks.
Wil Nieves
Great short-sample-size week for Nieves - 3-for-5, including two pinch hits (one RBI double), and three runs scored.
Cliff Pennington
Pennington was 2-for-10 before today, when he was pressed into action after Chavez's injury and went 2-for-5. Unfortunately, he left five on base today alone, including grounding into a double play to end the game.
Josh Wilson
Wilson was 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in limited action this week.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
Willie is killing it in Reno - through his first four games there, he's hitting .467 with eight RBI and only one strikeout. The team was thinking of bringing him back on Monday, but that will likely be moved up to this weekend with the injury to Chavez.
Adam Eaton
Eaton received a second opinion on his elbow setback, and the recommended course of treatment is the same: rest for three weeks, then re-evaluate.
Aaron Hill
Hill's recent scan showed some improvement. He will work on strength exercises for two weeks, and possibly swing the bat, and then be re-evaluated.
Daniel Hudson
Hudson's rehab continues to go very well. Huddy threw 74 pitches in six innings against live batter yesterday. He got lit up (7 H, 1 BB, 4 R) but he said he felt great.
J.J. Putz
No recent updates on Putz, who I assume has yet to pick up a baseball.

Stats run from 5/24 - 5/30.