Diamondbacks return home to defend top spot in NL West

Jim McIsaac

First place in the NL West could be on the line this weekend in Phoenix. Probably not, though, if you take a second to look at the pitching matchups for Saturday and Sunday.

If the Arizona Diamondbacks truly want to stay atop the National League West, they certainly didn't show it until the last two games of their recent east coast swing.

The D-Backs entered play on Wednesday having lost eight of their previous nine games and were 1-7 on a road trip that stopped through Washington, Atlanta and New York. Perhaps encouraged by the fact that every other team in the division not named the Los Angeles Dodgers was in the midst of an almost identical stretch, Arizona pulled it together and took the final two games of their series against the Mets, allowing the team to return home for a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies having at least some semblance of momentum.

As it sits now, the D-Backs are the only team in the NL West with a winning record, and any outcome besides getting swept by the Rockies in this series will keep it that way. Neither the offense nor the starting rotation have been as good lately as they were earlier in the season, but there are definitely reasons to believe that will change soon.

Aaron Hill and Eric Chavez, both of whom are well-above-average offensively in 2013, were recently activated from the disabled list and should give the team quite a boost once they get fully reacquainted with the baseball diamond. And, although Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill and Ian Kennedy have regressed quite a bit from previous seasons, the D-Backs have been enjoying the services of rookie hurlers Patrick Corbin, who is 9-1 with a 2.49 ERA, and Tyler Skaggs, who has shown an ability to miss bats in three starts so far this season. Corbin is the team's ace, and, depending on how he performs on Friday against the Rockies, Skaggs could find himself with the opportunity to stick in the rotation for more than just a few spot starts.


Paul Goldschmidt

#44 / First Base / Arizona Diamondbacks

6-3

245

R

R

Sep 10, 1987


AVG OBP SLG
2013 - Paul Goldschmidt .302 .380 .550


Paul Goldschmidt is in the midst of his breakout year and might wind up starting the All-Star game for the National League, depending on how the last few days of voting went. He certainly would be deserving of the honor, as you can see from the numbers above.

Gerardo Parra and Didi Gregorius are the D-Backs' only two other above-average regulars. Gregorius has experienced some regression after a blistering start, but he still carries a very good bat for a guy who was widely considered a glove-first prospect while in the Reds organization. Parra is starting to do to everyone else in the league what he has always done to the Rockies: hit. A lot. Parra's batting line of .300/.359/.450 is, like that of Goldschmidt, All-Star-worthy, especially considering the fact that he plays a very good outfield.

*****

Probable pitchers

Game 1: Friday, July 5 at 7:40 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Jorge De La Rosa (8-4, 3.09 ERA) vs. Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 5.40 ERA)

Game 2: Saturday, July 6 at 8:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports, MLB Network)

Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 8.31) vs. Wade Miley (4-7, 4.29)

Game 3: Sunday, July 7 at 2:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Roy Oswalt (0-3, 7.88) vs. Patrick Corbin (9-1, 2.49)

*****


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Wil Nieves 28 63 9 25 4 0 0 12 4 10 0 0 .397 .426 .460
Randall Delgado 5 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Tyler Skaggs 3 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Paul Goldschmidt 84 318 54 96 19 0 20 69 41 76 8 1 .302 .380 .550
Gerardo Parra 82 333 49 100 25 2 7 26 30 58 6 9 .300 .359 .450
Tony Campana 2 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 .300 .364 .300
Eric Chavez 43 137 18 41 8 1 7 26 9 23 1 0 .299 .342 .526
Aaron Hill 20 71 11 21 6 0 3 9 8 6 0 1 .296 .383 .507
Willie Bloomquist 22 72 9 21 4 0 0 8 4 5 0 0 .292 .342 .347
Didi Gregorius 58 214 31 60 11 2 4 17 18 37 0 1 .280 .346 .407
Jason Kubel 56 170 17 44 6 1 4 25 20 54 0 1 .259 .335 .376
Martin Prado 82 321 35 82 14 0 7 28 23 32 1 4 .255 .305 .364
Cody Ross 67 229 22 58 10 1 5 25 21 40 0 2 .253 .316 .371
A.J. Pollock 74 250 33 63 21 0 6 24 12 51 6 2 .252 .285 .408
Cliff Pennington 61 183 19 42 8 0 1 15 18 41 2 0 .230 .297 .290
Miguel Montero 76 273 27 62 11 0 5 28 35 66 0 0 .227 .313 .322
Josh Wilson 30 60 9 12 1 1 1 4 5 17 0 0 .200 .262 .300
Alfredo Marte 22 43 4 8 3 0 0 4 4 12 0 0 .186 .271 .256
Eric Hinske 52 52 2 9 3 0 1 6 6 17 0 0 .173 .259 .288
Josh Collmenter 23 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Ian Kennedy 17 31 0 5 2 0 0 1 2 15 0 0 .161 .212 .226
Patrick Corbin 17 39 4 5 2 0 0 2 0 16 0 0 .128 .128 .179
Wade Miley 17 30 2 3 0 0 1 2 1 10 0 0 .100 .129 .200
Trevor Cahill 17 31 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 13 0 0 .065 .065 .161
Brandon McCarthy 11 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 .000 .100 .000
Chaz Roe 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Ziegler 46 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
J.J. Putz 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tony Sipp 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Heath Bell 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Reynolds 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Hernandez 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Will Harris 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Charles Brewer 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Zeke Spruill 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joe Paterson 2 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
Charles Brewer 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.2 4 0 0 0 1 4 0.00 1.36
Will Harris 1-0 23 0 0 0 0 0 19.2 17 4 4 1 7 24 1.83 1.22
Matt Reynolds 0-2 30 0 0 0 2 1 27.1 25 7 6 2 5 23 1.98 1.10
Zeke Spruill 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4.1 4 1 1 0 3 5 2.08 1.62
Josh Collmenter 4-1 23 0 0 0 0 0 47.1 36 14 13 2 17 47 2.47 1.12
Patrick Corbin 9-1 17 17 1 0 0 0 115.2 87 33 32 8 30 89 2.49 1.01
Brad Ziegler 4-1 46 0 0 0 1 0 40.1 31 13 12 2 13 23 2.68 1.09
Randall Delgado 1-2 5 4 0 0 0 0 27.0 33 12 11 6 4 25 3.67 1.37
Joe Paterson 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.1 2 1 1 0 0 2 3.86 .86
Tony Sipp 3-1 37 0 0 0 0 2 25.1 24 12 12 2 13 24 4.26 1.46
Wade Miley 4-7 17 17 0 0 0 0 100.2 110 55 48 13 36 76 4.29 1.45
J.J. Putz 2-1 17 0 0 0 5 5 14.1 15 7 7 3 9 17 4.40 1.67
Heath Bell 2-1 36 0 0 0 15 4 33.1 40 17 17 8 10 36 4.59 1.50
Trevor Cahill 3-10 17 17 0 0 0 0 96.2 97 52 50 10 39 69 4.66 1.41
David Hernandez 4-5 37 0 0 0 1 5 38.1 34 20 20 7 12 38 4.70 1.20
Chaz Roe 1-0 3 0 0 0 0 1 3.2 4 2 2 1 6 2 4.91 2.73
Brandon McCarthy 2-4 11 11 1 1 0 0 66.2 85 39 37 7 10 39 5.00 1.43
Ian Kennedy 3-4 17 16 0 0 0 0 96.0 93 57 55 15 35 85 5.16 1.33
Tyler Skaggs 1-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 16.2 17 10 10 4 6 17 5.40 1.38


Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Adam Eaton elbow 03/22/2013
Matt Reynolds elbow 06/10/2013
Trevor Cahill hip 07/01/2013
Willie Bloomquist hand 06/28/2013
Brandon McCarthy shoulder 05/31/2013

60 Day DL / Out for the season

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



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