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With Monday's 7-2 win over the Padres, the Diamondbacks now have a 15-13 record in August, clinching their first winning month of the season. What has been the difference for the team in August? Pitching.  The team has posted a 3.88 ERA in the month of August, by far their best of the season.
Month W L ERA
March/April 11 12 5.62
May 9 20 6.10
June 11 16 4.29
July 7 18 5.23
August 15 13 3.88
Looking at the pitching a little more closely, the bulk of the improvement has come from the three young members of the starting rotation, Daniel Hudson, Barry Enright, and Ian Kennedy. Here are the ERAs for the starting pitchers in August, along with the team's record in each pitcher's starts.
Pitcher Team Wins Team Losses ERA
D. Hudson 4 2 1.85
B. Enright 4 1 2.05
I. Kennedy 4 1 4.03
J. Saunders 2 4 5.08
R. Lopez 1 5 7.71
The team has played extremely well in the starts by their new "Big 3", winning 12 of their 16 starts. In contrast, the Diamondbacks have lost 4 out of 6 games started by Joe Saunders, and 5 out of 6 games started by Rodrigo Lopez.