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Arizona Diamondbacks (20-25) Opponents for May 24 - May 30:  3 @ COL (22-22), 3 @ SF (22-21) The Diamondbacks are coming off their best week of the season, going 5-2, including sweeping a two game series from the Giants. This week, the D'Backs play three at Colorado and three at San Francisco. Colorado is coming off a 3-4 week, but have won their last two against the Royals. The Rockies were originally scheduled to throw Ubaldo Jimenez in the series, but it looks like he may be pushed back, and the Diamondbacks will see Jhoulys Chacin, Jason Hammel, and Jeff Francis. In San Francisco, the D'Backs should miss the Giants' ace Tim Lincecum; Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, and Todd Wellemeyer are three scheduled starters for next weekend. The Giants have lost five straight, including consecutive shutouts by Oakland. Diamondbacks Starting Pitching:
Pitcher ERA WHIP W L SV IP H ER HR BB SO
D. Haren 4.79 1.34 5 3 0 67.2 76 36 12 15 70
E. Jackson 6.28 1.46 3 5 0 61.2 70 43 10 20 53
I. Kennedy 3.24 1.10 3 2 0 58.1 48 21 9 16 49
Ro. Lopez 4.42 1.47 2 2 0 57.0 68 28 9 16 32
Bi. Buckner 9.00 2.11 0 1 0 9.0 17 9 2 2 6
K. Benson 5.14 1.71 1 1 0 14.0 18 8 2 6 8
Ian Kennedy has been the team's best starter so far this year, and makes two starts this week, at Colorado and at San Francisco. Dan Haren still has a great K/BB ratio, but has been allowing more home runs and hits than usual. He has seen a slight drop in fastball velocity, and has been throwing more cutters as a result. Haren will be  starting one game at Colorado. Rodrigo Lopez has also been allowing a few too many baserunners, but unlike Haren, doesn't get the strikeouts. His last start was rough, and starting him in Colorado could be risky. After two disastrous starts at Colorado and Chicago a month ago, Edwin Jackson has settled down and has put together several solid outings.  Billy Buckner has made two starts, one good (@FLA) and one bad (TOR).  Both Jackson and Buckner will get a start in San Francisco, which should be a good matchup for them. Kris Benson is scheduled to make a rehab start for AAA Reno on Monday, and could move back into the starting rotation soon. Diamondbacks Relief Pitching
Pitcher ERA WHIP W L SV IP H ER HR BB SO
C. Qualls 6.32 1.85 0 2 9 15.2 24 11 2 5 18
A. Heilman 3.44 1.09 1 1 0 18.1 14 7 2 6 16
C. Rosa 4.50 1.50 0 0 0 4.0 3 2 0 3 3
J. Gutierrez 8.83 1.50 0 4 1 17.1 18 17 7 8 15
Es. Vasquez 4.97 1.50 0 0 0 12.2 12 7 3 7 12
Ce. Valdez 7.82 2.13 1 1 0 12.2 19 11 2 8 10
S. Rivera 27.00 4.50 0 0 0 2.0 7 6 2 2 0
After starting off slowly, Chad Qualls has now had four straight scoreless appearances, and is safely entrenched as the closer. Also pitching well is Aaron Heilman, who has brought his ERA down to 3.44, and has held left-handed batters to a .135/.179/.135 line. Heilman will be the primary set-up man, and is next in line to close. Esmerling Vasquez has had a scoreless outing in 10 of his 12 appearances, and seems to have become the 7th inning pitcher. The rest of the bullpen is still struggling. At this time, the Diamondbacks would prefer not to use Gutierrez, Valdez, Rosa, or Rivera in an important situation. Diamondbacks Outfielders
Player AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG
Co. Jackson 96 13 24 0 6 3 15 13 .250 .348 .333
Ch. Young 161 22 48 7 36 4 18 39 .298 .367 .497
Jus. Upton 175 31 47 7 23 7 17 59 .269 .338 .457
Ge. Parra 77 5 19 0 7 0 4 16 .247 .284 .351
In the outfield, Chris Young has been a pleasant surprise, getting on base, hitting for power, and is tied for the team lead in RBI with 36. Justin Upton still hasn't hit his stride yet, and is striking out at a very high rate. Conor Jackson has been hitting in the #2 slot, and still is not hitting for much power. Gerardo Parra has returned from AAA, and should get a couple of starts a week around the outfield, probably against tough right-handed pitchers. Diamondbacks Infielders
Infielders AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG
Ad. LaRoche 145 29 41 7 32 0 21 38 .283 .375 .538
Ke. Johnson 152 31 39 12 25 3 24 40 .257 .360 .579
S. Drew 157 26 47 4 19 2 15 31 .299 .364 .497
M. Reynolds 156 32 36 11 36 3 26 62 .231 .344 .500
T.Abreu 67 10 21 0 5 1 1 11 .313 .319 .403
R. Ryal 34 4 12 1 4 0 3 9 .353 .405 .441
A. Ojeda 20 1 3 0 2 0 1 1 .150 .182 .150
The Diamondbacks infield has been the team's biggest strength. Newcomers 1B Adam LaRoche and 2B Kelly Johnson both have an OPS over 900, although Johnson has only hit .194 in the month of May. Johnson is the regular leadoff hitter, while LaRoche usually bats fifth. Stephen Drew leads the club in batting average, and has moved into the #3 slot of the batting order. Mark Reynolds has been hitting homers, but has been dropped to the #6 slot in the order. The primary backup infielder has been Tony Abreu, who has started games at 2B, SS, and 3B. However, Abreu injured his wrist in Sunday's game, and is probably headed to the DL. Ryan Roberts is expected to be called up to replace him. Rusty Ryal has been the primary right-handed pinch hitter, but Augie Ojeda has seen little playing time. Diamondbacks Catchers
Catchers AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG
C. Snyder 107 14 24 6 21 0 23 34 .224 .362 .439
J. Hester 37 4 7 0 3 1 4 9 .189 .268 .270
Mi. Montero 12 1 6 0 3 0 1 2 .500 .538 .583
Chris Snyder has been the primary catcher since Miguel Montero was injured in April, and has done a solid job. Montero is still recovering from his knee surgery, but has caught some bullpen sessions, and is hoping to return by late June.