Diamondbacks hope to regain upper hand against Rockies

Norm Hall

Read all about the D-Backs in a better-late-than-never edition of Know Your Foe.

The Arizona Diamondbacks enter their series against the Colorado Rockies this weekend with some momentum, having finished off a tough road trip with a pair of victories over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, something we all know is a near-impossible task.

Arizona's trip didn't start off so well, dropping four out of six to the Yankees and Rockies. Still, the D-Backs' five losses on the trip came by a combined seven runs, enabling the Snakes to have a nice run differential -- plus-18 runs -- entering the homestand.

The D-Backs have received some solid pitching -- both from the starting rotation and the bullpen -- on their way to a 3.33 staff ERA, good for fourth in the National League. Second-year hurlers Patrick Corbin (1.71 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) and Wade Miley (2.77 ERA, rotation-leading 3.29 K/BB ratio) have been the best of the starting bunch. Former Rockie Matt Reynolds (unscored upon in 11.1 innings) and Josh Collmenter, whose unorthodox delivery didn't work out of the starting rotation but has benefited him greatly out of the bullpen, have anchored the relief corps.

The D-Backs' offense has been surprisingly pedestrian, garnering an OPS+ of just 93 to this point in the season. However, one guy in particular is anything but that...


Paul Goldschmidt

#44 / First Base / Arizona Diamondbacks

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Sep 10, 1987


AVG OBP SLG
2013 - Paul Goldschmidt .325 .418 .578


Goldschmidt leads Arizona with five homers, including a bomb in Thursday's series-opener against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa which ricocheted off the top of the left-field foul pole. His 18 runs batted in, 13 walks and 168 OPS+ are also best among the D-Backs' full-time players.

Off to a shockingly slow start is catcher Miguel Montero, whose depressing slash line of .194/.295/.264 in 88 plate appearances has earned him some presumably unwanted time on the bench as of late.

Since it helped reverse the curse at the end of last season, I'm going to go ahead and add that the Rockies are 41 games under .500 all-time at Chase Field. Just sayin'.

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Probable pitchers

Game 2: Friday, April 26 at 7:40 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Juan Nicasio (2-0, 5.31 ERA) vs. Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.06 ERA)

Game 3: Saturday, April 27 at 6:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Jeff Francis (1-2, 8.44) vs. Wade Miley (2-0, 2.77)

Game 4: Sunday, April 28 at 2:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Jon Garland (2-1, 4.68) vs. Patrick Corbin (2-0, 1.71)

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Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Wil Nieves 7 12 1 6 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Didi Gregorius 6 25 5 10 4 0 2 2 1 7 0 0 .400 .423 .800
Jason Kubel 8 30 6 10 2 0 2 6 2 8 0 0 .333 .375 .600
Paul Goldschmidt 22 83 17 27 6 0 5 18 13 25 0 0 .325 .418 .578
Gerardo Parra 22 89 15 28 8 1 1 5 8 15 3 4 .315 .374 .461
Aaron Hill 10 36 5 11 3 0 2 6 5 1 0 1 .306 .405 .556
Cody Ross 12 45 1 13 3 0 0 5 2 8 0 0 .289 .319 .356
A.J. Pollock 19 69 8 18 9 0 2 9 1 15 2 1 .261 .268 .478
Martin Prado 22 96 17 22 3 0 3 7 8 11 0 1 .229 .286 .354
Eric Chavez 15 44 5 10 1 0 2 7 3 9 0 0 .227 .292 .386
Eric Hinske 17 19 1 4 1 0 1 4 1 5 0 0 .211 .250 .421
Miguel Montero 21 72 8 14 2 0 1 10 11 17 0 0 .194 .295 .264
Cliff Pennington 20 70 3 13 3 0 0 3 7 18 0 0 .186 .256 .229
Alfredo Marte 16 33 4 6 2 0 0 3 3 10 0 0 .182 .270 .242
Josh Wilson 10 19 3 3 0 1 0 1 2 5 0 0 .158 .238 .263
Wade Miley 4 7 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .571
Patrick Corbin 4 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .125 .125 .250
Ian Kennedy 6 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Trevor Cahill 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brandon McCarthy 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .000 .167 .000
Josh Collmenter 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
J.J. Putz 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tony Sipp 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Heath Bell 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Reynolds 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Ziegler 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Hernandez 11 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
Matt Reynolds 0-0 10 0 0 0 2 0 11.1 5 0 0 0 1 8 0.00 .53
Brad Ziegler 1-0 14 0 0 0 0 0 12.2 9 2 2 1 4 9 1.42 1.03
Patrick Corbin 2-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 26.1 19 5 5 1 7 20 1.71 .99
Josh Collmenter 1-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 14.2 9 3 3 1 5 14 1.84 .95
Wade Miley 2-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 26.0 21 8 8 1 7 23 2.77 1.08
Trevor Cahill 1-3 5 5 0 0 0 0 30.0 25 12 10 2 12 27 3.00 1.23
David Hernandez 1-1 11 0 0 0 0 2 10.2 11 4 4 3 4 13 3.38 1.41
Tony Sipp 1-1 10 0 0 0 0 2 6.1 5 3 3 0 2 9 4.26 1.11
Heath Bell 2-0 9 0 0 0 1 0 8.0 13 4 4 2 1 14 4.50 1.75
J.J. Putz 1-0 10 0 0 0 4 3 10.0 9 5 5 2 6 13 4.50 1.50
Ian Kennedy 1-2 6 5 0 0 0 0 30.2 29 16 16 3 11 26 4.70 1.30
Brandon McCarthy 0-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 21.2 36 19 17 2 4 11 7.06 1.85


Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Adam Eaton elbow 03/22/2013
Aaron Hill wrist 04/15/2013
Jason Kubel quadriceps 04/13/2013
Willie Bloomquist oblique 03/27/2013

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Daniel Hudson elbow 02/18/2013

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