The Diamondbacks rode three homers and a spectacular bullpen performance to take game one against the Nationals.
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With Shelby Miller preparing to go under the knife for Tommy John surgery and half of Arizona’s bullpen doing their best Jeckyll and Hyde impressions, Arizona’s lack of pitching depth leaves them with few good options for some potentially serious pitching problems.
Braden Shipley will be returning to the big leagues on Thursday as he takes the mound for the series finale against the Nationals. While Shipley will be covering that particular start, it is still not decided who will permanently take Shelby Miller’s rotation spot.
Even after Dan Haren lost the velocity on his fastball, he still found success for a number of seasons. This is largely the result of having been a cerebral pitcher, as well as being gifted with great talent. Now Haren is helping Arizona’s scouts compile information in ways to best help the Diamondbacks’ pitchers get the most out of what the scouts are seeing.
David Peralta broke out in a big way in 2014. He continued that success into 2015 before succumbing to a rash of injuries that essentially cost him all of 2016. Now Arizona’s right fielder is healthy again and trying to prove he still hasn’t lost a beat.
Just how hot are Arizona’s bats, and is the offensive success enjoyed to open the 2017 season sustainable?
After surviving a gruelling April, Arizona holds two spots on this list for May.