MLB Mid-Season Review: Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks are holding their own in the NL West at the halfway mark of the season. After the all-star break the Diamondbacks are currently 54-51 and only two and a half games behind the LA Dodgers for first in the West. Arizona has been vastly more successful at home going 30-24 while fighting to split their away games currently at 24-27 on the road.
Ace Patrick Corbin has been a big reason for Arizona’s success this season with a 11-1 record in just 19 starts he is sporting a very low 2.35 ERA on the year. Closer Brad Ziegler has been great in shutting down games in save situations going a perfect five of five thus far. Ziegler is 4-1 wit ha 2.23 ERA strking out 26 batters and allowing just 38 hits in 48 innings.
Further down the rotation Wade Miley has been serviceable with a 6-7 record and throwing 116 innings of baseball this season. While Trevor Cahill has had a bunch of trouble on the mound this season going 3-10 with a 4.66 ERA. Cahill has allowed 50 earned runs in 96.2 innings and is averaging a little over a hit allowed per an inning.
A large amount of the Diamondbacks offense revolves around first baseman Paul Goldschmidt who is batting .313 on the year with 21 homeruns, 77 RBI’s, and also leads the team with 9 stolen bases. Third baseman Eric Chavez has been solid this season batting .303 with 7 homers, and 29 RBI’s. Center fielder Gerardo Parra has been productive as well with a .285 average, 7 home runs, and 27 runs knocked this year.
The lack of .300 hitters and double digit home run hitters on the Arizona Diamondback roster goes to show you they have been getting it done with a bunch of guys doing their job at the plate. If they can get a little more out of the tail end of their pitching rotation and a little more offensive production outside of Paul Goldschmidt the Diamondbacks could overtake the Dodgers for control of the NL West.
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