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Arizona Diamondbacks (75-59, 1st Place NL West, 4.0 Game Lead over San Francisco)

2011 Record vs. Colorado: 8-4 (59 runs scored, 49 runs allowed)

Last Series vs. Rockies: July 22-24, W 2-1 @ Chase Field

Game 1: We should always appreciate an Aaron Cook win, regardless of how poorly it may have come along. Cook went 6 innings (good) and only walked 2 batters (good) while allowing 4 runs (not good) on 8 hits (also not good) while striking out 1 (bad). He also notched 2 hits of his own (good). The Killer B's brought their A game, however, and Belisle, Brothers, and Betancourt finished the game without allowing another run. Offensively, every batter reached base except for Chris Iannetta (July was a pretty rough month for Iannetta - .664 OPS), and they all combined that to plate 8 runs.

Final: L 4-8

 

Game 2: Much as we should appreciate Aaron Cook wins, we should also bemoan Jason Hammel losses. Hammel ALMOST made it through the 6th, but wouldn't you know it, those 8 runs just weighed him down like an overpacked mule. The way Hammel's season is going, it's hard to know what qualifies as good and bad. Hammel walked 4 and gave up 12 hits. That's really really really really bad. He also struck out a season-high 7 batters. It should be noted that Hammel did that 6 times in 2010; 2 of those with 8; one with 10. The Rockies offense was limited to a Troy Tulowitzki homer and a Ty Wigginton 2-RBI single.

Final: W 12-3

 

Game 3: What's more embarrassing than a 12-3 thrashing? Getting shut out by Micah Oings. 5 innings, 2 hits, 3 walks. Remember back in Mid-Late July when that was the norm? Getting no-hit by nobodies, failing to convert a single baserunner... That part is over, right? I mean, too little too late, but it's over, right? Oh, and credit Ubaldo Jimenez for 5 runs in 5, Belisle 2 runs in 2, and a scoreless 8th from Huston Street.

 

Latest Series Results: W 3-4 at Washington; W 3-0 vs San Diego

The Diamondbacks are in the midst of a 6-game winning streak. They've had 4 of those this season. 

A funny fact about the Dbacks season is that they've had 4 pitcher home runs this season. A funnier fact is that Micah Owings hasn't hit a single one of them. Daniel Hudson has hit one, Barry Enright has hit one, and get this: Zach Duke has hit 2. Duke might not be much for pitching, but he's posting a .879 OPS this season.

Really though, we can't say enough right now about Arizona's pitching. The offense is decidedly below average (93 wRC+), and out of their regular starters, only Justin Upton has a .800+ OPS (.907). That said, the Dbacks have had 12 pitchers pitching above the league average mark this season. HR prevention trends (AKA xFIP) suggest that the Dbacks pitching might not be able to hold out for much longer, but up until now, it's been keeping them firmly in contention.

Arizona's bullpen also has a top-10 pitching WAR, per Fangraphs.

Kevin Towers has done a lot of good with this Arizona team, to the point where their Ace is in consideration for the NL Cy Young award.

As far as flash and dazzle go, it's hard to pick a single pitcher from Arizona. You could pick any of the 6 members of their bullpen with a sub-3 ERA. You could pick one of their top 2 pitchers, both of whom should finish the season above 4 fWAR. Whoever you choose to credit for the Diamondbacks' success in 2011, they're in good company with their contemporaries.

Monday through Wednesday: 3-game series at Chase Field

Monday, August 29 @ 7:40PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Alex White 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 7 5 5 2 1 4 7.50 1.33


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Daniel Hudson 13-9 27 27 2 0 0 0 180.0 189 86 75 14 37 136 3.75 1.26


Tuesday, August 30 @ 7:40PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Aaron Cook 3-7 19 14 0 0 0 0 80.2 106 51 49 7 29 30 5.47 1.67


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Wade Miley 1-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.0 12 5 5 1 6 9 4.50 1.80


Wednesday, August 31 @ 7:40PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Esmil Rogers 6-3 16 9 0 0 0 0 57.2 74 38 38 5 31 49 5.93 1.82


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Josh Collmenter 8-8 26 19 0 0 0 0 124.0 107 47 44 11 24 85 3.19 1.06

 

Roster


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Daniel Hudson 27 53 5 16 3 0 1 13 2 15 0 0 .302 .327 .415
Justin Upton 133 505 86 150 36 5 25 77 47 102 19 7 .297 .371 .537
Gerardo Parra 113 350 42 99 13 5 7 32 32 71 10 1 .283 .344 .409
Miguel Montero 116 400 56 110 30 1 12 65 39 77 1 1 .275 .347 .445
Zach Duke 18 19 2 5 0 0 2 6 1 7 0 0 .263 .300 .579
Willie Bloomquist 79 283 36 74 9 1 4 21 20 39 14 9 .261 .313 .343
Ryan Roberts 121 402 73 104 21 1 16 51 58 79 16 8 .259 .353 .435
Paul Goldschmidt 24 75 12 19 3 0 5 13 6 29 3 0 .253 .309 .493
Sean Burroughs 61 91 7 23 3 0 1 6 2 12 1 0 .253 .266 .319
Stephen Drew 86 321 44 81 21 5 5 45 30 74 4 4 .252 .317 .396
Aaron Hill 5 20 1 5 1 1 1 5 0 4 0 0 .250 .286 .550
Wade Miley 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250
Xavier Nady 82 206 26 51 11 0 4 35 10 46 2 0 .248 .287 .359
Chris Young 132 488 77 115 29 3 19 63 62 112 19 8 .236 .323 .424
Lyle Overbay 7 17 0 4 1 0 0 4 2 5 0 0 .235 .316 .294
Henry Blanco 32 87 7 20 3 0 6 9 7 20 0 1 .230 .287 .471
Joe Saunders 27 48 2 11 1 0 0 3 2 13 0 0 .229 .260 .250
Melvin Mora 42 127 5 29 6 0 0 16 2 24 0 1 .228 .244 .276
Micah Owings 26 18 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 .222 .222 .222
Juan Miranda 65 174 18 37 8 2 7 23 23 48 0 1 .213 .315 .402
Russell Branyan 31 62 4 13 5 0 1 2 7 20 0 0 .210 .290 .339
Kelly Johnson 114 430 59 90 23 5 18 49 44 132 13 3 .209 .287 .412
Collin Cowgill 23 55 5 11 1 0 1 3 5 19 2 2 .200 .267 .273
Geoff Blum 7 15 2 3 1 0 1 2 1 3 0 0 .200 .250 .467
Josh Wilson 6 10 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .300
Wily Mo Pena 17 46 7 9 0 0 5 7 0 19 0 0 .196 .196 .522
Brandon Allen 11 29 5 5 0 0 3 7 7 13 1 0 .172 .351 .483
Josh Collmenter 26 29 2 5 0 0 0 1 2 13 0 0 .172 .250 .172
Barry Enright 8 12 1 2 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 0 .167 .286 .417
John McDonald 3 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .167 .231 .167
Cody Ransom 12 33 3 5 2 0 1 4 3 9 1 0 .152 .243 .303
Ian Kennedy 29 50 2 6 2 0 0 2 3 18 0 0 .120 .170 .160
Armando Galarraga 8 15 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jason Marquis 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Aaron Heilman 32 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kam Mickolio 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Juan Gutierrez 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Ziegler 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
J.J. Putz 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Hernandez 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sam Demel 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Alberto Castillo 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Cook 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Yhency Brazoban 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Bryan Shaw 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Zach Kroenke 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Esmerling Vasquez 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joe Paterson 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Brad Ziegler 0-0 12 0 0 0 0 0 11.2 10 6 3 0 5 6 2.31 1.29
Micah Owings 6-0 26 4 0 0 0 0 54.0 42 16 15 5 18 38 2.50 1.11
Joe Paterson 0-3 53 0 0 0 1 0 30.2 23 9 9 1 12 26 2.64 1.14
David Hernandez 3-2 62 0 0 0 11 2 57.2 36 18 17 1 28 63 2.65 1.11
J.J. Putz 2-2 47 0 0 0 33 4 46.2 34 15 14 4 11 43 2.70 .96
Bryan Shaw 1-0 22 0 0 0 0 0 19.1 21 7 6 2 7 16 2.79 1.45
Alberto Castillo 1-0 12 0 0 0 0 0 9.1 8 3 3 0 7 6 2.89 1.61
Ian Kennedy 17-4 29 28 1 1 0 0 187.1 161 65 63 19 49 161 3.03 1.12
Josh Collmenter 8-8 26 19 0 0 0 0 124.0 107 47 44 11 24 85 3.19 1.06
Sam Demel 2-2 32 0 0 0 0 1 25.0 29 11 10 3 11 15 3.60 1.60
Daniel Hudson 13-9 27 27 2 0 0 0 180.0 189 86 75 14 37 136 3.75 1.26
Joe Saunders 9-11 27 27 1 0 0 0 172.0 169 78 73 22 59 91 3.82 1.33
Esmerling Vasquez 1-1 31 0 0 0 0 2 30.1 27 16 14 2 13 20 4.15 1.32
Wade Miley 1-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.0 12 5 5 1 6 9 4.50 1.80
Zach Duke 3-4 18 9 0 0 1 0 71.2 93 40 40 6 18 32 5.02 1.55
Juan Gutierrez 0-0 20 0 0 0 0 1 18.1 22 16 11 3 9 23 5.40 1.69
Armando Galarraga 3-4 8 8 0 0 0 0 42.2 47 36 28 13 22 28 5.91 1.62
Yhency Brazoban 0-0 6 0 0 0 0 1 6.0 8 4 4 1 4 8 6.00 2.00
Kam Mickolio 0-0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6.2 10 5 5 0 3 7 6.75 1.95
Aaron Heilman 4-1 32 0 0 0 0 1 35.1 48 28 27 8 11 33 6.88 1.67
Barry Enright 1-4 8 7 0 0 0 0 37.2 50 31 31 11 15 21 7.41 1.73
Zach Kroenke 0-1 4 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 6 4 4 1 1 3 9.00 1.75
Jason Marquis 0-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 11.1 22 16 12 3 4 5 9.53 2.29
Ryan Cook 0-1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 7 4 4 0 3 1 21.60 6.00


 


Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Geoff Blum fingers 07/25/2011

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Juan Gutierrez trapezius 05/25/2011
Stephen Drew ankle 07/21/2011
Jason Marquis leg 08/15/2011

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