Diamondbacks Update For The Week of 5/7
The Diamondbacks starting rotation pitched better than their 5-5 record indicated on their most recent road trip to Miami, Washington D C and NY. The Diamondbacks pitchers made some quality starts, starting with left-hander Joe Saunders, who tossed a shutout against the Marlins. Saunders allowed only 3 hits. Other quality starts during the road trip came from Ian Kennedy and Trevor Cahill, as each starter threw twice. Rookie left-hander Patrick Corbin got his first major league victory in Miami and Wade Miley won one of his two starts. The Diamondbacks gave up 18 runs, while losing four of the last five to the Nationals and the Mets and 13 of those runs came with two outs. The Nationals scored all five of their runs in a 5-4 victory with two outs, including a walk-off home run off closer J.J. Putz. The Mets scored all three of their runs with two outs in a 3-1 victory this past Sunday. The starters went 4-3. It should have been more, but the bullpen failed to hold leads in both Miami and Washington. From my viewpoint; the bullpen is not the same as last year. David Hernandez does not look like the same pitcher. Even J.J. Putz has lost 2 saves chances so far this year. Let’s not forgot how great J.J. was last year. The Diamondbacks had no ninth-inning blown saves over the last 81 games of 2011.
There is some good news for Paul Goldschmidt, as he appears to be coming out of an early season slump. He produced six hits in the three-game series against the Nationals to move his batting average up to around 250. Cody Ransom, who was featured in my last article, continues to swing a “HOT” bat as does Jason Kubel.
Now the Diamondbacks are home for six games. Three with the St Louis Cardinals and then three with the SF Giants. This is a good time for the fans to watch the Diamondbacks, so get out to Chase Field and watch our Arizona Diamondbacks and cheer on Ryan Roberts to help him out of his slump. I hope to see you at the ballpark.