MLB: Good and not so Good for the Diamondbacks
In this article we will once again take a look at some good things and some not so good things going on for AZ Diamondbacks during the past week.
The Fans: Saturday’s attendance of 38,542, the Diamondbacks surpassed the one million mark six games earlier than in 2011!! That shows that the fans still believe in this team and they have players that the fans want to watch. For starters, Justin Upton did not strike out in the Cubs series. How about pitchers David Hernandez and Brad Ziegler getting their first ever MLB hits. Almost all of the Diamondback players helped contribute to the 2 wins against the Mariners and the weekend sweep of the Cubs. Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill and Jason Kubel continue to hit the ball very well all over the field. Miguel Montero and Willie Bloomquist each added five hits in the Cubs series. And a suddenly surging Justin Upton had six hits. The 1 through 6 hitters in the lineup had a .400 average for the weekend Cubs series.
Team Offense- Over the past seven days the Diamondbacks are first in runs, triples, homeruns, RBI’s, team average and OPS in all of baseball. They lead the majors in nearly every one of these stats for the entire month of June as well.
The Pitchers: Wade Miley completed his fourth straight start going at least seven innings while allowing just one earned run. He collected his ninth victory which leads the National League amongst rookies and ties him with Yu Darvish for the most in baseball amongst rookie pitchers. His ERA is actually getting lower and now sits at 2.19 on the year. He is tied for the third best ERA in the game and has an all-star worthy ERA in June of 1.89. What has made Miley outstanding so far this year is his ability to minimize damage done by opposing hitters. With runners on, opposing hitters are only hitting .182; and with runners in scoring position Miley has held opposing hitters to an impressive .145 average. Miley’s success when facing right handed hitters is impressive holding them to a .204 average.
I do not want to include too many “not so good” things as this team is playing well at the moment.
However, Ryan Roberts was just 2 for 12 against the Cubs and is now 4 for his last 21 that is a .190 batting average. Chris Young was just 1 for 9 with five strikeouts in the Cubs series. He is 2 for his last 19. Ian Kennedy struggled through 4 1/3 innings of work on Saturday. Kennedy gave up ten hits and five earned runs. He threw 108 pitches just to get into the fifth inning. He has now allowed 26 hits and 13 earned runs in his last 18 innings pitched.
It is off to Atlanta for three games and then Milwaukee for three games before coming home to play the Padres and followed by the Dodgers. Let’s keep this roll going into the All Star Break and continue it through the end of the season! I hope to see you at the ballpark.