"Everything. Every one of his pitches is nasty. His fastball is nasty. His slider is nasty. His curveball is nasty. And his changeup is nasty. All four of his pitches are A-plus pitches. Normally, a guy's got one, maybe two pitches that are A-plus. This guy, all of his pitches are A-plus. Everything is A-plus."
- Montero on game against Greinke
The Dodgers' ownership of the D-backs continued on Friday night. Arizona was limited to five singles in eight scoreless innings against Zack Greinke, who struck out six while leading Los Angeles to a 7-0 victory at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks' struggles against the Dodgers continued in a 7-0 loss at Chase Field.
D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler saw his scoreless-innings streak come to an end at 18 1/3 on Wednesday afternoon, when he allowed four runs in one-third of an inning.
On the last day of April, Kirk Gibson was asked if simply the flipping of the calendar to May might finally bring some positive results for his baseball team. "That would be nice," the Diamondbacks manager said. Well, they're almost halfway through the month of May and things at least are starting to look better. Especially when it comes to Arizona's starting rotation.
It's a double-edged sword, really. In a 162-game season, off days are a must, but having too many of them in a confined period of time makes it tough on a manager.
It's been a tale of two months for the Arizona Diamondbacks' starting pitchers.
Through March and April, the team's rotation was at the bottom of every major statistical category, including ERA, WHIP, opposing batting average and fewest quality starts. The tide seems to have turned, though, for Brandon McCarthy, Bronson Arroyo, Josh Collmenter and Wade Miley over the last 20 games.
Now we don't have to worry about the Heath Bell experience coming back to Arizona. Though, I don't think it'll be long before he's released again........
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