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2010 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2010-articles/may/ Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:57:52 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Diamondbacks' Bats Disappear on Road Trip http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-bats-disappear-on-road-trip.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-bats-disappear-on-road-trip.html Matt Cain and only two hits in the Jonathan Sanchez start. The overall batting numbers for the road trip are: 24 for 156 (.154 AVG), with 13BB and 44 K. The triple slash line for the team is a dismal .154/.219/.224, for an OPS of only .443.  Power, which is usually a constant with the Diamondbacks, has also vanished, as the team only managed 2 HR in the 5 games. Over the last week, Justin Upton has gone 1-18 with 11 strikeouts, Conor Jackson 2-21, Adam LaRoche 2-17, Chris Snyder 1-13, Chris Young 4-22, and Kelly Johnson 4-18 - basically an entire team slumping at once. Only Stephen Drew (6-21) and Mark Reynolds (5-21) have hit close to their expected levels. So what options are there for the Diamondbacks? Manager A.J. Hinch has tried to shake things up a little, giving spot starts to Rusty Ryal and Gerardo Parra. Ryan Roberts may get a chance to start a game soon, and catcher Miguel Montero is hopefully only a week or two from returning. As for the batting order, Conor Jackson was dropped to 7th in the batting order on Saturday, as his OBP for the season has slipped to .315. There has been some talk of moving Justin Upton out of the #3 or #4 slot until he picks up his hitting. Despite the slump of the last week, the team is still among the Top 3 in the league in runs, home runs, slugging, and OPS. However, these stats are boosted by the team's home park - the team is hitting .274/.354/.486 (.841 OPS) at home, and only .237/.312/.388 (.700 OPS) on the road. Ranked by OPS+ (which normalizes OPS by park), the Diamondbacks' offense is at 97, which is basically league average.  There is little help available at the AAA level, so the team must rely on the current group to play better. That is likely in the case of Upton and Jackson, but Johnson and Young may slip down at the same time.  Since the pitching staff (except for Ian Kennedy, Edwin Jackson, and Aaron Heilman) is also struggling right now, the offense needs to carry the team if they hope to get back in the NL West race.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) May Sun, 30 May 2010 06:46:00 +0000 Ranking the Diamondbacks - 05/25/2010 http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/ranking-the-diamondbacks-05252010.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/ranking-the-diamondbacks-05252010.html Kelly Johnson is ranked #1 at the moment, leading the team with 12 HRs and a .938 OPS. Johnson has been slipping in the month of May (.194 AVG), but still has the best overall performance on the team. Right behind Johnson is a group that includes Chris Young, Adam LaRoche, Stephen Drew, and Mark Reynolds. Ian Kennedy has been the best pitcher on the staff. At the bottom end of the rankings are several relief pitchers, many of whom have been released or sent back to the minors. These rankings are based on offense, defense, baserunning, and pitching, and are a combination of objective and subjective analysis. Keep in mind that these rankings are only for performance up to this point, not a projection for the remainder of the season. Justin Upton, for example, is ranked #8 for his play so far, but would almost certainly be ranked in the Top 3 for a year-end projection.
# Player Comment
1 Kelly Johnson, 2B Leads NL in HR with 12, in top 10 in OPS
2 Chris Young, CF .864 OPS; tied for team RBI lead with 36
3 Adam LaRoche, 1B .375 OBP leads team; .913 OPS is 2nd
4 Stephen Drew, SS .861 OPS and solid defense at SS
5 Ian Kennedy, SP Leads ARI starters in ERA and WHIP
6 Mark Reynolds, 3B 11 HR and played great defense at 3B
7 Dan Haren, SP 70Ks but 4.79 ERA; helping with .414 AVG
8 Justin Upton, RF Slow start with bat, but better defense
9 Chris Snyder, C .801 OPS and solid defense
10 Aaron Heilman, RP 3.44 ERA; Holding lefties to .135 AVG
11 Edwin Jackson, SP Unlucky? 6.28 ERA despite 3.87 xFIP
12 Rodrigo Lopez, SP Has a 4.42 ERA despite only 5.05K/9
13 Tony Abreu, MI Hit .313 with good defense at 2B/SS/3B
14 Conor Jackson, LF Hasn't found power stroke yet
15 Chad Qualls, CL 6.32 ERA, but 4 straight scoreless outings
16 Leo Rosales, RP Had 7 shutout games until 7 ER + injury
17 Esmer. Vasquez, RP Has allowed runs in only 2 of 12 games
18 Rusty Ryal, OF .847 OPS in limited playing time
19 Kris Benson, SP 2 Quality Starts before injury
20 Cole Gillespie, OF Hit pretty well, but team needed LHB/CF
21 Miguel Montero, C Went 6 for 12 before injury
22 Billy Buckner, SP Has one decent start and one bad one
23 Carlos Rosa, RP Has a chance to move up bullpen ladder
24 Gerardo Parra, OF Didn't hit much when replacing CJackson
25 John Hester, C Did not take advantage of Montero injury
26 Augie Ojeda, MI 3 for 20; may play more if Abreu hits DL
27 Cesar Valdez, RP Didn't last as a starter; now trying bullpen
28 Kevin Mulvey, RP Allowed 7 baserunners in 3 IP; in AAA
29 Blaine Boyer, RP 7.82 ERA and 11BB in 12.2 IP; in AAA
30 Jord. Norberto, RP Walked 6 in just 3 IP; now in AAA
31 Juan Gutierrez, RP 17 ER in 17.1 IP, 7 HRs; 4 L and 2 BS
32 Bob Howry, RP 6 HR, 17 ER in 14.1 IP; now with Cubs
33 Daniel Stange, RP 6 ER and 6 BB in 4 IP; now in AAA
34 Saul Rivera, RP ERA of 27.00; 6 ER in just 2 IP
*This idea was stolen from Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts.]]>
amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) May Tue, 25 May 2010 16:08:22 +0000
Diamondbacks Team Review and Preview for Week of May 24-30 http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-team-review-and-preview-for-week-of-may-24-30.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-team-review-and-preview-for-week-of-may-24-30.html 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.]]>
amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) May Mon, 24 May 2010 04:26:13 +0000
Gerardo Parra called up for Cole Gillespie http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/gerardo-parra-called-up-for-cole-gillespie.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/gerardo-parra-called-up-for-cole-gillespie.html call up OF Gerardo Parra from AAA Reno today, and send Cole Gillespie back down. Parra has hit .417/.462/.611 for Reno since being sent down two weeks ago. This move may indicate that 1B Adam LaRoche may not be available tonight after being hit by a pitch inside the knee on Tuesday by Josh Johnson. This way, Conor Jackson could shift to 1st Base while Parra plays LF against the Giants' RHP Todd Wellemeyer. Wellemeyer has been very tough on right-handed hitters, holding them to a .176/.287/.284 (571 OPS) clip, while left-handed hitters have hit .276/.394/.552 (946 OPS). For his career, lefties have a 142 point edge in OPS compared to righties.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) May Wed, 19 May 2010 21:33:12 +0000 A Look at the Diamondbacks Plate Discipline http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/a-look-at-the-diamondbacks-plate-discipline.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/a-look-at-the-diamondbacks-plate-discipline.html Fangraphs.com, through 5/17/10):
Team Out of Zone Swing % Out of Zone Contact% In Zone Swing % In Zone Contact%
Diamondbacks 23.9% 55.9% 63.2% 82.6%
Braves 24.4% 66.1% 61.2% 89.0%
Brewers 24.9% 64.5% 64.3% 87.9%
Pirates 25.9% 59.8% 64.5% 86.2%
Rockies 26.0% 63.8% 65.5% 87.3%
Dodgers 26.8% 68.1% 60.0% 88.3%
Nationals 27.1% 65.5% 64.2% 88.7%
Padres 27.2% 61.3% 61.6% 87.6%
Phillies 27.4% 67.5% 61.7% 88.6%
Cubs 28.0% 64.8% 65.9% 88.8%
Cardinals 28.5% 64.4% 68.4% 86.1%
Reds 28.5% 62.6% 66.0% 86.6%
Astros 29.2% 64.1% 61.8% 90.7%
Marlins 29.3% 63.0% 65.4% 87.2%
Mets 29.9% 67.4% 62.3% 86.9%
Giants 30.3% 67.0% 66.1% 87.9%
The table shows four pieces of data. The first column is Out of Zone Swing %; this shows how often batters swing at pitches out of the strike zone. The second column shows how often the batter makes contact when they swing at these out-of-zone pitches. The third column shows how often batter swing at pitches in the strike zone, and the fourth shows how often they make contact on these pitches. As the table shows, the Diamondbacks chase the fewest pitches out of the strike zone, only 23.9% (Column 1). When they do swing, they also make contact the least often in the league, at only 55.9% (Column 2). The Diamondbacks are in the middle of the pack for swinging at pitches in the strike zone (Column 3), but when they do swing, they again make contact less than any other team (Column 4).
Player Out of Zone Swing % Out of Zone Contact % In the Zone Swing % In the Zone Contact %
Adam LaRoche 16.4% 49.0% 66.5% 82.0%
Conor Jackson 17.1% 74.1% 58.3% 92.6%
Chris Young 20.6% 50.0% 55.7% 84.9%
Cole Gillespie 22.5% 55.0% 58.9% 86.8%
Kelly Johnson 23.1% 57.3% 64.7% 84.9%
Stephen Drew 23.8% 63.2% 66.7% 92.1%
Mark Reynolds 24.3% 47.8% 73.5% 68.3%
Justin Upton 25.6% 53.8% 59.4% 75.7%
Chris Snyder 25.7% 45.5% 57.8% 84.2%
Tony Abreu 25.7% 76.9% 70.5% 89.2%
Gerardo Parra 34.2% 61.5% 67.6% 92.0%
Individually, Adam LaRoche and Conor Jackson chase the fewest pitches outside the strike zone.  LaRoche, along with Reynolds, make contact less than half the time when they chase. Several players are clustered around 25% for swinging at out-of-zone pitches. From this group, Tony Abreu still makes contact a remarkable 76.9% of the time on out-of-zone pitches. Inside the strike zone, Mark Reynolds swings the most often at 73.5%, while Chris Young swings the least. On these pitches in the zone, Reynolds and Justin Upton still only make contact at 68.3% and 75.7% respectively, the two lowest values in the National League. Only three other players in the NL are below 80% on contact rate for pitches in the zone, Matt Kemp, Drew Stubbs, and Jason Bay. So what can we conclude from this data? As a team, the Diamondbacks have very good plate discipline, swinging at only 23.9% of the pitches outside the strike zone, which is the lowest rate in the NL. Despite this, the Diamondbacks swing and miss more than any team in the league - they have the lowest contact rate at pitches both inside and outside of the strike zone. The biggest culprits are Mark Reynolds and Justin Upton, who have the lowest contact rates on pitches in the zone in the entire league. The best plate discipline belongs to Adam LaRoche and Conor Jackson, while Jackson and Abreu have the best contact rates on the team.]]>
amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) May Wed, 19 May 2010 15:50:41 +0000
Diamondbacks Acquire Saul Rivera; Release Bob Howry http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-acquire-saul-rivera-release-bob-howry.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-acquire-saul-rivera-release-bob-howry.html Saul Rivera from the Cleveland Indians for cash, and released Bob Howry. Rivera, age 32, had a 0.53 ERA in AAA Columbus, with 11K/7BB in 15 IP. Rivera had spent the four previous seasons in the Majors with the Washington Nationals, where he had ERAs of 3.43, 3.68, and 3.96, before slipping to 6.10 in 2009.  Rivera had been released by the Nationals this spring, and had signed a minor league deal with the Indians. Rivera throws a fastball in the high 80s, as well as a cutter and a slider. His K/BB ratios have never been very good, with a career strikeout rate of 6.2K/9 and 3.3BB/9. But he does keep the ball on the ground, and inside the park. For his career, he has a 51.2% ground ball rate and a 29.8% fly ball rate. Rivera has allowed only 15 HR in 275 major league innings, although he did allow 7 in just 38 innings in 2009. By releasing Bob Howry, the Diamondbacks are eating Howry's $2M contract for this year, as well as a $250K buyout for 2011. But with an ERA of 10.67 and 6 HRs allowed in 14 IP, there was no reason to keep running Howry out there. In his last appearance for the Diamondbacks on Sunday, Howry had allowed five batters to reach without recording an out. ]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) May Mon, 17 May 2010 17:43:24 +0000 Diamondbacks are only 6-10 when they get a Quality Start; average NL team wins 2 out of 3 http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-are-only-when-6-10-when-they-get-a-quality-start-average-nl-team-wins-2-out-of-3.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-are-only-when-6-10-when-they-get-a-quality-start-average-nl-team-wins-2-out-of-3.html Dan Haren starts, on 4/15 and 5/1. In the other eight QS losses, the offense didn't score enough, so the pitcher was already behind when he left the game. In fact, in these eight games, the Diamondbacks only scored a total of 17 runs. A few times, the bullpen also let the game slip further away, but did not actually blow the lead. Here are the stats (through May 13) for the National League Pitching Staffs when they do get a Quality Start. The Diamondbacks have the lowest winning percentage when they do get a QS.
Team Wins Losses Win% in QS
Rockies 13 2 86.7
Padres 14 3 82.4
Nationals 11 4 73.3
Giants 16 6 72.7
Phillies 10 4 71.4
Reds 12 5 70.6
Mets 11 5 68.8
Dodgers 11 5 68.8
Pirates 8 4 66.7
Marlins 14 7 66.7
Cardinals 19 10 65.5
Braves 8 7 53.3
Astros 9 8 52.9
Brewers 7 8 46.7
Cubs 10 12 45.5
Diamondbacks 6 10 37.5
NL 179 100 64.2
The Cardinals have received a league leading 29 Quality Starts in 35 games, an 89.2% clip, which puts them well ahead of the Giants and Cubs with 22. The Diamondbacks are in the middle of the pack with 16. Overall, the National League is achieving Quality Starts in just over half of its starts.
Team Total QS Games QS%
Cardinals 29 35 82.9
Giants 22 33 66.7
Cubs 22 35 62.9
Marlins 21 35 60.0
Padres 17 34 50.0
Reds 17 34 50.0
Astros 17 34 50.0
Dodgers 16 34 47.1
Mets 16 35 45.7
Diamondbacks 16 35 45.7
Rockies 15 34 44.1
Braves 15 34 44.1
Brewers 15 34 44.1
Nationals 15 35 42.9
Phillies 14 33 42.4
Pirates 12 34 35.3
NL 279 548 50.9
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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) May Fri, 14 May 2010 15:57:02 +0000
How much worse can the Diamondbacks' Bullpen get? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/how-much-worse-can-the-diamondbacks-bullpen-get.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/how-much-worse-can-the-diamondbacks-bullpen-get.html Aaron Heilman, who has now strung together 8 consecutive scoreless appearances, was the only reliever who managed to look competent on Tuesday. But Juan Gutierrez allowed 4 runs, Daniel Stange allowed 3 without retiring a batter, and Blaine Boyer was charged with 2 unearned runs. The ERAs for the bullpen now look like this: Aaron Heilman: 4.23 Esmerling Vasquez: 6.10 Chad Qualls: 6.94 Bob Howry: 8.16 Blaine Boyer: 8.49 Juan Gutierrez: 9.00 Daniel Stange: 13.50 Obviously, it is not practical for the entire bullpen to be replaced. But I think there will be some changes. It is almost certain that Daniel Stange will be sent back to AAA Reno soon. Stange had been the organization's best pitcher in AAA in April, but he was completely ineffective in the Majors. After starting the year with 4 scoreless outings, Juan Gutierrez has now allowed 14 runs in his last 10 innings. He might be the next to go. Howry has been consistently awful, but was signed to a $2.25M contract in the offseason, so he might avoid the minors for now. Blaine Boyer has allowed 11 runs in his last 6.2 IP, and also could be sent down. As discussed in previous articles, potential replacements for the bullpen are Carlos Rosa, Jason Urquidez, Billy Buckner, and Roque Mercedes. Rosa, acquired from the Royals for Reynaldo Navarro, now has a 2.76 ERA in AAA, with 14K/9BB in 16.1 IP. Urquidez has a 2.37 ERA, with 20K/4BB in 19 IP. Buckner has been a starter in AAA, and has lowered his ERA to 4.25. He should be considered for a bullpen slot. T.J. Beam was pitching well in AAA early, but has seen his ERA rise to 5.06. In AA, Mercedes now has 20K in just 15.1 IP, and a 2.35 ERA, but has walked 8. My guess is that Rosa and Urquidez will be the next pitchers to get an opportunity, in place of Stange and Gutierrez. At this point, I think the team has to make some changes, even if the replacements are also question marks.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) May Wed, 12 May 2010 06:25:20 +0000 Diamondbacks' Bullpen ERA up to 6.95 http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-bullpen-era-up-to-6-95.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-bullpen-era-up-to-6-95.html Diamondbacks' Bullpen ERA
Year ERA WHIP
2007 3.95 1.337
2008 4.09 1.331
2009 4.61 1.438
2010 6.95 1.665
Compared to the rest of the National League, the Diamondbacks' bullpen is over 1.5 runs worse than every other team. The Rockies' pen leads the league at 2.43, with the Mets, Padres, and Cardinals also below 3.00. On the other end of the list, the Cubs are at 5.34 and the Pirates are at 5.40. Way behind these two are Diamondbacks at 6.95. The team's WHIP of 1.665 is also well below the Cubs' 1.517. The average ERA for a National League bullpen is currently 4.15. The Diamondbacks don't have a single pitcher at that level right now; the closest is Aaron Heilman at 4.26, while every other member of the pen is over 6.00.  Closer Chad Qualls has an ERA of 6.94, and set-up man Juan Gutierrez is at 6.75. There is not much help available from the farm system - only Daniel Urquidez, Billy Buckner and recently acquired Carlos Rosa are options at AAA, and Roque Mercedes from AA. Clay Zavada, who pitched well for the Diamondbacks in 2009, has been battling injuries and currently has an ERA of 30.00 at AAA. It looks like the Diamondbacks only hope is for the existing group to start pitching better - they can hardly do any worse.
Bullpen ERA WHIP IP H ER BB K K/BB
COL 2.43 1.186 103.7 83 28 40 83 2.08
NYM 2.69 1.293 113.7 87 34 60 106 1.77
SDP 2.86 1.042 103.7 72 33 36 109 3.03
STL 2.93 1.313 83.0 76 27 33 64 1.94
ATL 3.28 1.229 96.0 75 35 43 93 2.16
SFG 3.76 1.414 81.3 78 34 37 75 2.03
HOU 3.84 1.249 93.7 90 40 27 66 2.44
WAS 3.87 1.390 109.3 94 47 58 97 1.67
PHI 3.95 1.331 79.7 74 35 32 62 1.94
FLA 4.55 1.440 91.0 89 46 42 96 2.29
MIL 4.85 1.490 104.0 112 56 43 93 2.16
LAD 4.86 1.500 109.3 112 59 52 84 1.62
CIN 4.95 1.495 96.3 102 53 42 97 2.31
CHC 5.34 1.517 87.7 90 52 43 85 1.98
PIT 5.40 1.500 116.7 116 70 59 110 1.86
ARI 6.95 1.665 90.7 101 70 50 72 1.44
NL 4.15 1.377 1559.7 1451 719 697 1392 2.00
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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) May Mon, 10 May 2010 15:52:20 +0000
Diamondbacks 2009 Draft Picks Are Heating Up in the Minors http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-2009-draft-picks-are-heating-up-in-the-minors.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/may/diamondbacks-2009-draft-picks-are-heating-up-in-the-minors.html Player Tm AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG Bobby Borchering SB 95 13 25 3 16 0 .263 .321 .442 Bobby Borchering was the team's first pick in the 2009 draft, and #16 Overall. He was just named the Midwest League Hitter of the Week after going 9 for 21 (.429) with 3 HR and 5 RBI. Borchering, a switch-hitter, homered twice from the right side and once batting left-handed. After a slow start, Borchering seems to have found his swing.
Player Tm AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Matt Davidson SB 99 12 37 3 17 0 .374 .406 .586
Matthew Davidson was a compensation pick between the 1st and 2nd Rounds, #35 overall. Davidson had his best game of the year on Tuesday night, slugging 2 HR and driving in 4 in a 7-5 win over the Lansing Lugnuts. Davidson is tied for the team lead in HR with 3, and leads the club with 17 RBI. He is ranked in the Top 5 in the Midwest League in both SLG and OPS, and it's worth noting that all of the players ranked ahead of Davidson are 21 or 22, while Davidson is still only 19. One troubling stat - Davidson has struck out 26 times and only walked once. Others for South Bend
Player Tm AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Chris Owings SB 95 19 31 1 11 0 .326 .356 .484
Keon Broxton SB 94 13 22 1 8 2 .234 .301 .426
David Nick SB 92 7 25 1 8 2 .272 .337 .402
Chris Owings was another compensation pick in the 2009 draft, #41 Overall. Owings has been playing SS for the Silver Hawks, and could move up to Visalia after last week's trade of SS Reynaldo Navarro. Keon Broxton was a 3rd Round pick, and has already hit 6 triples in the first 24 games, but has also struck out a team high 33 times. David Nick was a 4th Round pick, and has been the primary 2nd Baseman for South Bend.
Player Tm AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Marc Krauss VIS 85 22 29 4 12 0 .341 .417 .588
Marc Krauss was a 2nd Round pick in the 2009 draft, and is among the league leaders in several categories in the California League, including his OPS of 1.005, which ranks 7th. Krauss leads Visalia in HR, RBI, SLG, and OPS.
Player Tm AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Ryan Wheeler VIS 100 9 30 1 11 1 .300 .358 .430
Ryan Wheeler was a 5th Round pick in the 2009 draft, and had impressed with an OPS around 1.000 in 72 games for Yakima (Northwest League) and South Bend in 2009. This year, Wheeler started off slowly, but has now pulled his average up to .300. Pitchers
Pitcher Tm W L IP H ER BB SO ERA WHIP
Eric Smith SB 3 1 29.0 20 6 4 18 1.86 0.828
Charles Brewer SB 2 2 26.1 22 6 6 28 2.05 1.063
Michael Belfiore SB 1 2 28.1 23 11 13 25 3.49 1.271
Chase Anderson SB 1 3 25.1 24 9 8 21 3.20 1.263
The South Bend rotation has 4 pitchers taken in the 2009 draft. Michael Belfiore was a compensation pick (#45), Eric Smith was a 2nd Rounder (#60), Chase Anderson was picked in the 9th Round, and Charles Brewer was a 12th Round selection. All 4 are either 21 or 22 years old, and have had good success in their first full pro season. Eric Smith recently had a 23 inning scoreless streak, while Charles Brewer leads the club in strikeouts.]]>
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