MLB: Diamondbacks Update 06/11/2012
Lately a lot of the talk about the Diamondbacks has been negative. So, let’s turn the tables and take a look at a few good things that the Diamondbacks are doing right now.
Team Offense. The Diamondbacks scored 16 runs in two wins against the Rockies and had a season high 17 hits in last Tuesday’s win. It is great to see several players getting “hot” at the same time. Paul Goldschmidt, Jason Kubel, and Aaron Hill all hit the Rockies pitchers well. And, as of the writing of this article Goldschmidt is on a 17 game hitting streak. During the streak, which began May 19, he is 26 for 62 (.419) with nine doubles and six homers and is hitting .293 on the season. It is a nice turn-around for him. Just a few weeks ago there was talk of sending him down to the minors for more “seasoning”. Aaron Hill and Jason Kubel each finished a double away from the cycle in last Tuesday’s game against the Rockies. They combined for nine hits in the Rockies series and seven of those hits were for extra bases. And Jason Kubel is batting .300 on the season. And with a sweep of Oakland this past weekend the Diamondbacks have five straight wins. It gives the Diamondbacks a 30-30 record.
Starting Pitching. Joe Saunders looked good in his last outing-he is a competitor. He pitches a lot of innings allowing the bullpen needed rest. Ian Kennedy and Wade Miley have been pitching well lately and hopefully that means the starting rotation is back in control. Kennedy tied his career high in strikeouts in his last game. After losing five consecutive starts, Kennedy has come back with two very strong performances. He has allowed one earned run over his last 13+ innings. In addition, Kennedy has struck out seven or more hitters in three consecutive starts for the first time in his career. Keep in mind, Wade Miley was not expected to make the opening day roster but due to injuries he made the team. Miley started the season as a relief pitcher. After moving into the starting rotation; he certainly has made a name for himself and is a contender for NL Rookie of the year. He is now tied with Yu Darvish for the major league lead in wins by a rookie with seven and has the lowest ERA for rookie starters.
Defense. Even the team defense has been better. Miguel Montero has the best “stolen base percentage against” in the N.L at 486. He is the only catcher in all of baseball to have more runners caught stealing than stolen bases allowed. Jason Kubel is second in baseball in assists with 6 and has not made an error. And, Paul Goldschmidt has only made 1 error through 47 games. The Diamondbacks had not made an error in over 100 innings until Sunday’s game against the A’s.
Tuesday, interleague play continues when the Diamondbacks go on the road to play the Texas Rangers for three games and then over to California to play the Angels for three games. Let’s see if the Diamondbacks can continue to play well against two of the better teams in the American League. Then they come home June 18th to continue interleague play when the Seattle Mariners come in for three games.
As you can see there is plenty to remain positive about with your Arizona Diamondbacks. They seem to be turning it around at the right time, so let’s hope they keep winning!! I hope to see you at the ball park.