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Diamondbacks Trends, 8/29-9/4

As 'charmer prepares to head off to Europe - the continent won't know what has hit it - I'll be taking over Trends for the rest of the season. So I've just come back from Costco, bearing a pallet of down-arrows. Should be enough to get me through a week where we lost series at home to San Francisco and Toronto.

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Christian Petersen

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Patrick Corbin
Is it time to pat Corbin on the back, and send him home with a "Well done" for the season? His last start wasn't much better than the preceding one, with nine hits and five runs allowed in five innings. His ERA has increased by more than half a run in two outings, which isn't good at this point in the year.
Wade Miley
Miley had the shortest outing of his career on Tuesday: 14 batters faced, eight hits and two walks allowed, with five earned runs in less than two innings. Got to think this was an aberration, and with the team out of contention it doesn't "matter" much: however, I'd still like to see Wade finish the season strongly.
Brandon McCarthy
After eight innings on Monday, McCarthy was looking good, having held the Blue Jays to two runs on three hits. However, sent out for the ninth, Toronto went single, two-run homer, to spoil an otherwise very decent start. It was still his second complete game of 2013, but four runs allowed is much less impressive than two.
Randall Delgado
Two starts from Delgado, and both of them were quality ones. He started with seven innings of one-run ball against the Giants, but took the loss. After allowing three runs in the first inning yesterday, he settled down with six zeroes, walking none and striking out six. A 2.57 ERA for the week is excellent work.
Trevor Cahill
After having his start pushed back, due to some unscheduled relief work, Cahill started against the Giants and... was okay, I s'pose. Nine hits and three walks over 6.1 innings isn't great, but a couple of double-plays helped him out, and the three runs allowed did keep us in the game.
David Holmberg
Holmberg was one and done, at least for now, being optioned back to the minors after making his major-league debut. With talk of a possible six-man rotation, or even shutting down Corbin, he may be back.


Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
"I know why they boo him. Because a lot has been written about him and talked about him." -- Kirk Gibson. Have some more "being written," Kirk. Such as Heath Bell's line since Aug. 22: 4.2 IP, 15 H, 9 R, 3 HR, 17.36 ERA. Yeah, Kirk: it's the media's fault. Damn us fans for wanting the second-highest paid player on the roster to perform like it.
Josh Collmenter
Josh blew the save on Saturday, courtesy of an inherited runner, but redeemed himself on Tuesday with 3.1 innings in relief of Miley, allowing only an unearned run. 4.2 innings of four-hit ball, with one walk and five K's.
Eury De La Rosa
Did what was expected on Saturday, retiring the one left-handed batter faced. However, in more extended action on Tuesday, allowed three runs in an inning, including a pair of homers.
Will Harris
Three appearances for Harris over the week, three innings worked. Allowed a home-run to Encarnacion on Tuesday, but that was it, and his ERA for the year now sits at 2.30. However, still clearly hasn't convinced some people.
Chaz Roe
Two appearances, covering three scoreless innings, on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
Joe Thatcher
Faced two batters, retired them both. You do need to work more than an inning to get an up-arrow in my book, Mr. Thatcher.
Brad Ziegler
Is Brad still our closer? I ask, because his last save was more than four weeks ago. Of course, the only save since was Putz's in the 16th. A trio of scoreless, non-save appearances for Ziegler, retiring 9 of 10 faced, and hitting the other guy.
Tony Sipp
Recalled from Reno, and worked a hitless inning, allowing a walk.
David Hernandez
Also back from Triple-A, and early signs are hopeful, with Hernandez retiring all but one of the seven batters faced, over a pair of scoreless innings. "I was going through some personal things," he said of his struggles: hopefully, that's now behind him.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
5-foe-22 with one double and no walks, resulted in a .490 OPS for Parra this week. He did successfully steal a base, however, so there's that. Good Gerardo!
Adam Eaton
Eaton struggled early on his return, with an OPS of .591 over his first 27 games back. But since, he has hit .338 with a .929 OPS. This week was no different, going 6-for-19 with a double and a homer.
Paul Goldschmidt
Is Goldie wearing down? He struggled over the Giants and Blue Jays series, going 1-for-18. But seven walks gave him a .320 OBP to go with a .056 SLG, which isn't the kind of line you see every day.
Martin Prado
Your National League Player of the Month for August finished the month strong, but has struggled a bit after the calendar turned, with a .600 OPS over four games in September. Not helping: his last walk was Aug. 27.
Aaron Hill
Not sure if Hill is still bothered by his hamstring or his hand, but like Goldschmidt, also had a poor week, with just a single hit. And didn't even have the insane walk rate, resulting in a .259 OPS.
Miguel Montero
Good to see Montero taking up where he left off, going 7-for-20, with a double and a homer, resulting in a crunchy .900 OPS. Finish strong and put a disappointing 2013 behind you, Miggy.
A.J. Pollock
We seem to have a fairly consistent outfield of Eaton, Parra and Pollock of late. A.J. did go 5-for-17 this week (.294), but without an extra-base hit and only one walk, leading to a .627 OPS.
Willie Bloomquist
Yep, gold-star. You get that when you go 9-for-17 in a week, even if you don't take walks or have an extra-base hit in the bunch, as his 1.059 OPS was the best on the team. Since coming back, he's 12-for-21, but suspect his .600 BABIP is likely not sustainable.


Player Trend Notes
Wil Nieves
Last week, 'charmer wrote, "Nieves will still see more playing time than he was getting previously." Or "not". "Not" works too: only four PAs for Nieves this week, and no hits.
Eric Chavez
Still getting some starts at third, as Prado roams other positions. Did give us a walk-off win against the Giants on Saturday, but 2-for-10 with a .382 OPS doesn't receive a passing grade.
Didi Gregorius
Continuing our week of odd-looking lines, we have Didi, with a .167 OBP and .833 SLG. This will happen, when you go 1-for-6 with a home-run
Matt Davidson
Called back up when the rosters expanded, has gone 1-for-3 with a double since.
Tony Campana
Not seeing near as much playing time as he was, and went hitless in three at-bats. Did steal a base, which is what he does, and scored the tying run yesterday as a pinch-runner.
Tuffy Gosewisch
Also brought up from Reno on Sep. 1, but has yet to see any game action.
Jason Kubel
Traded to Cleveland. Where he is 2-for-5 with three BB and three K, should you care.
Cliff Pennington
Limited work for Pennington this week, going 2-for-4 with a double.
Chris Owings
Made his major-league debut on Tuesday, and is the 4th youngest player in the NL this season. Still looking for that first hit, going 0-for-2 to date.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Daniel Hudson
Hudson is home and recovering from Tommy John surgery #2.
Matt Reynolds
No recent news on Reynolds, was transferred to the 60-day DL.
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. He'll throw a bullpen tomorrow, but is still a "ways off" according to Gibson.

Stats run from 8/29 -9/4