"Today I felt like I had my best fastball since I've been back. It felt really good. Just keeping the ball down and mixing it up and in and then just working off my slider. It just seemed like everything was clicking today. It's getting better and [I hope to] just continue to improve."
- Patrick Corbin
"I'm just trying to go out there and get three outs whenever they ask me to. Maybe I'm just wired different, but I just don't think about that kind of stuff once I get between the lines."
- Daniel Hudson
Patrick Corbin produced one of his finest starts since returning from Tommy John surgery and David Peralta helped build a lead that proved comfortable enough for the D-backs to preserve during Saturday night's 8-4 win over the Braves at Turner Field.
But even putting the here and now aside, the bigger picture is a largely under-the-radar assembling of a roster that is young, affordable and improving, and that makes for a promising future that seemed beyond their grasp just a few months ago
Someone mentioned to Diamondbacks right-hander Jeremy Hellickson recently that his curveball rated among the league leaders in spin rate. He wasn’t sure what it meant, but he figured it’s probably not a bad thing.
June 26, 2012, is a night Daniel Hudson would just as soon forget. In fact you can make a case that it was the D-backs right-hander's worst day on a baseball field. It was that night at Turner Field when Hudson initially tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery not long thereafter and had to have a second surgery one year later when he re-tore the ligament.
When the D-backs and Braves play the final game of their three-game series on Sunday, Shelby Miller will be looking to end a 15-start winless streak. Rubby De La Rosa, who will start for the D-backs, has 10 wins this year, twice as many as Miller, despite having an ERA that is more than two runs higher. The reason for the disparity comes down to run support.