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Arizona Diamondbacks (12-15, 4th in the NL West)

2011 Record vs. Colorado: 1-1

Last Series vs. Rockies: April 1-2 @ Coors Field

This weather-shortened series was split between the first warning signs that not all was well in tbhe world of Ubaldo and the encouragement that Jorge de la Rosa might be in line to have a decent season. In Game 1, the Diamondbacks struck early on 2010 Cy Young Second-Runner-Up Ubaldo Jimenez, jumping on low-90s fastballs and questionable pitch placement. All in all, the Diamondbacks tagged Jimenez for 6 runs, 5 earned. The Rockies were able to tie the game in the 7th thanks to some questionable defensive play leading to two unearned runs. Finally, Matt Lindstrom made his inauspicious debut with the Rockies by throwing a run-scoring wild pitch in the 11th which proved to be the final nail in the Opening Day coffin for Colorado.

Game 2 was a much different game, featuring 5.1 innings of shutout ball from DLR and a quality, although ultimately losing, start from Daniel Hudson. The only Dbacks run came in a 32-pitch 9th inning from Huston Street, raising many an eyebrow from the Coors faithful about their heart conditions at the end of tight games. The Rockies offense came mostly off of the bats of Chris Iannetta and Dexter Fowler, and 3 runs seemed to be enough to finish the Diamondbacks off in Game 2.

 

Latest Series Results: W 2-1 vs. Philadelphia, Split 2-2 vs. Chicago Cubs

The Diamondbacks have gotten excellent performances this season from Stephen Drew, Miguel Montero, and Justin Upton, as we'd expect, but they've also gotten surprisingly good batting production out of Russell Branyan and Ryan Roberts, two players who were on the bubble for making the 25-man out of Spring Training. Add in Chris Young, Gerardo Parra, and even Willie Bloomquist (despite him being on the DL) as guys performing at average-to-above-average levels at the plate, and the Dbacks have a solid offensive core to work with.

Arizona's major question mark so far this season has been their starting pitching. Outside of Ian Kennedy's 3.92 ERA (3.17 FIP, 3.45 xFIP), not a single member of their rotation has a sub-5 ERA. Granted, Daniel Hudson is rocking a 3.00 FIP (3.55 xFIP), suggesting he's been victimized by some bad ball-in-play luck as well as possible questionable defense (-1.1 Team UZR), it might not be as bad as it looks according to ERA. that said, Joe Saunders, Barry Enright, and Armando Galarraga all have a 5+ FIP, with Galarraga being the worst offender at 7.86 FIP. xFIP thinks they've just had some poor home run luck, as the back 3 starters are all in the mid-4's as far as xFIP is concerned. Galarraga's production supports this, as a 27.5% HR/FB is just unspeakably bad and in no way sustainable (simply put, there's no way he's THAT bad, hitters are getting lucky off of a lot of his pitches).

AZ Snakepit is the place to go if you're looking for more information on the Diamondbacks.

Matchups, Lineup, etc after the jump.

Tuesday through Thursday: 3-game series at Chase Field

Expected Pitching Matchups
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 @ 7:40 PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jorge De La Rosa 4-0 5 5 0 0 0 0 31.0 20 10 9 1 10 29 2.61 .97


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Joe Saunders 0-3 5 5 0 0 0 0 27.1 35 19 18 4 14 18 5.93 1.79

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 @ 7:40 PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jhoulys Chacin 3-2 5 5 1 1 0 0 34.0 31 12 11 4 9 26 2.91 1.18


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Barry Enright 1-2 6 5 0 0 0 0 29.2 37 19 19 6 11 18 5.76 1.62

 

Thursday, May 5, 2011 @ 7:40 PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jason Hammel 3-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 30.2 32 13 11 4 8 18 3.23 1.30


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Armando Galarraga 3-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 28.0 28 21 17 11 11 21 5.46 1.39

 

Expected Lineup

Name Position HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+
Chris Young CF 7 20 21 0 .231 .267 .528 .332 100
Kelly Johnson 2B 3 13 6 4 .180 .255 .320 .266 56
Justin Upton RF 5 20 14 4 .273 .360 .515 .380 132
Stephen Drew SS 2 15 22 1 .321 .389 .531 .392 140
Miguel Montero C 4 13 11 0 .279 .347 .500 .364 121
Melvin Mora 3B 0 2 7 0 .271 .288 .333 .273 61
Russell Branyan 1B 1 4 2 0 .261 .346 .435 .346 110
Gerardo Parra LF 1 7 6 2 .297 .357 .406 .343 107

The Bench

Name Position HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+
Ryan Roberts IF 5 11 15 3 .313 .413 .594 .436 169
Juan Miranda 1B 1 6 3 0 .231 .348 .385 .332 100
Xavier Nady 1B/OF 0 4 4 1 .267 .353 .333 .322 94
Henry Blanco C 0 0 0 0 .000 .091 .000 .063 -77

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - J.J. Putz 0-1 10 0 0 0 6 0 11.0 9 4 4 1 3 10 3.27 1.09



Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Zach Duke hand 03/22/2011
Geoff Blum knee 03/22/2011
Willie Bloomquist hamstring 04/22/2011
Aaron Heilman shoulder 04/14/2011