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Diamondbacks Trends: 9/5-9/11

The D-backs were on the road this week, with a four-game series in San Francisco, then three in Los Angeles. They split the former, and dropped two of three in the latter, with the hitters in particular finding it tough going.

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Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Patrick Corbin
Good to see Corbin right the ship, with a pair of strong starts, allowing four runs over a total of 14.1 innings. Strikeouts were still down - seven in total - but after a couple of wobbly outings, this was definitely an improvement, and talk of fatigue ending his season appears to be silenced for now.
Wade Miley
Also bouncing back was Wade, who followed up the worst start of his career with seven strong innings, holding the Giants to five hits and two runs. Still hasn't won in his last six appearances: however, Miley has given the Diamondbacks a quality start or better in four of them, so can't ask for much more than that.
Brandon McCarthy
"You get an up-arrow! And you get an up-arrow! Everybody gets an up-arrow!" I feel like Oprah when it comes to evaluating our starters this week, as our rotation had a 3.07 ERA. With McCarthy, it was eight innings of one-run ball, and his ERA since finding a mechanical issue is 1.88 in three starts.
Randall Delgado
But there's always one person, isn't there, who has to spoil it for everyone. And this week, it was Randall 'Home-Run Derby' Delgado, whose struggles with the bomb returned with a vengeance, as he allowed four in LA while retiring only eight batters. Can he rework himself to reduce this tendency? Well, Yusmeiro Petit says hello...
Trevor Cahill
Gets an up-arrow by a slim margin. A 2.25 ERA over two starts, allowing three earned runs in 12 innings, is certainly solid enough. However, a K:BB ratio of 5:8 in these is concerning, and continues a trend: going back to his unscheduled relief outing, Cahill has walked 12 and struck out only 10 in 21.1 innings of work.


Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
Heath Bell in decent performance shocker! Time for the upswing on the Heath Bell Experience, as he worked two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk. Will it last? Who knows...
Josh Collmenter
Collmenter appeared once, on Tuesday. But just when we were settling in for one of his usual appearances e.g. five innings of shutout relief in extra, he allowed a two-run homer after only four outs, and it was all over.
Eury De La Rosa
The league appears to be adjusting to de la Rosa, better than he is adjusting to them. September has seen him face 10 batters, four of whom have homered. Monday's outing saw him allow two hits, both leaving the park, in 2/3 of an inning.
Will Harris
Harris gonna Harris. Four scoreless innings this week: three more, and he'll be on pace to become only the second D-back ever to throw 50+ IP with an ERA under two [Daniel Hudson in 2010 was the first].
Chaz Roe
Six batters faced, six retired.
Joe Thatcher
Continues to struggle. Six batters faced, three hits allowed - since coming to us, about half the hitters he faced have reached base, one way or another.
Brad Ziegler
Made up for lost time with three saves this week - more than he had for the entire month of August! Smooth and absolutely drama-free for Brad: nine batters faced, nine retired, seven on ground-balls. A perfect week for our closer? That rarity will get you a gold star.
Tony Sipp
Also a little shaky: seven batters faced, two hits and a walk allowed, and one earned run resulting.
David Hernandez
Still looking a lot more solid than he was before his Reno "staycation", adding three scoreless innings this week. That's now 5 IP, with two hits and a K:BB ratio of 5:2.
Matt Langwell
The newest D-back made his debut on September 9, retiring all four batters faced, two of them by the K.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
Not the last red arrow for the offense, considering most position players were below a .650 OPS this week. Parra went 4-for-20 with a pair of doubles, and did walk more than he whiffed, but a .604 OPS doesn't cut it.
Adam Eaton
Like Parra, four hits, three walks and two strikeouts. But he had five more at-bats, which works out to a .160 average. And he was caught stealing one of the few times he reached base safely.
Paul Goldschmidt
After a fee weeks where the hits dried up, Goldzilla was back, with almost twice as many as anyone else: 11-for-29 and five RBI. Some peripherals were a bit off: K:BB of 8:2, two double-plays and a CS, but easily the best of a bad lot on offense this week.
Martin Prado
The worst of the everyday starters this week, managing three hits in 22 at-bats, without a walk - he also hit into a pair of twin-killings. He's now in the top 30 all-time for a single season there, and there's still more than two weeks left. A top ten finish is possible.
Aaron Hill
After a great August, September has been a lot crueler to Hill, as he is just 5-for-35 this month, with one walk, nine strikeouts and no extra-base hits.
Miguel Montero
Back to his old ways went Miggy, going 4-for-20 with seven strikeouts and no walks or extra-base hits. He could also do with some defensive help this winter. One wonders how much we've missed Henry Blanco this season?
A.J. Pollock
Just about scrapes into the "flatline" category, with a solid .263 average (5-for-19), though the .649 OPS is nothing much to write home about. Still, I've seen more red arrows than at the Farnborough Air Show (UK reference!), so I'll cut him some slack.
Willie Bloomquist
Since coming back, Bloomquist has had four three-hit appearances in only eight starts for the Diamondbacks - the same number as in all of 2011 with Arizona. He's hitting .462 (18-for-39) over that time.


Player Trend Notes
Wil Nieves
Hitless in eight trips to the plate, with a single walk the only positive outcome Wil had to show for his week's work.
Eric Chavez
A good week for Eric, reaching base safely in half of his 10 PAs, with three hits and a pair of walks - he also had a sacrifice fly.
Didi Gregorius
Didi's last single was on August 26. Since then, he has had two home-runs and a double. Has seen a lot more of the bench lately, with just a couple of starts, but got a homer and double in those.
Matt Davidson
If Davidson is going to be the solution at third-base next year, he didn't play like it this week. Matt was 1-for-11 with a walk and four strikeouts.
Tony Campana
Barely used: two appearances as a pinch-runner against the Giants, and was caught stealing once.
Tuffy Gosewisch
Finally got into a game last night, starting and getting his first career double - followed rapidly by his second!
Cliff Pennington
We need a milk-carton icon for Pennington, because he is apparently among the missing, not having been seen since September 2.
Chris Owings
Seeing more playing time, and made it stand up this week, going 5-for-14 with three walks. Also stole two bases without being caught! We'll have to beat that out of him...

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Daniel Hudson
Hudson is home and recovering from Tommy John surgery #2.
Matt Reynolds
Not being rushed. According to Kirk Gibson, "I know we've talked about looking to get live hitters against him, but nothing is planned. It's to be determined."
Cody Ross
Ross is home and recovering from hip surgery. Like Reynolds, moved to the 60-day DL
J.J. Putz
On the DL with a dislocated finger, and no apparent real progress. Would be eligible to come back at any time: probably best not to hold your breath.

Stats run from 9-5-9/11