With now just 28 games left in the regular season, we are in the home stretch, the final quarter of the 2011 season. It is time to review the current Arizona Diamondbacks roster to look at what they’ve accomplished, where they are now, and what they can provide, if anything, in the final few weeks of the National League West pennant race. Next up: Gerardo Parra
What he’s accomplished: His batting average suggests he has been a huge producer this season. His many singles in reality show why he’s been in and out of the lineup with Collin Cowgill over the past month.
What he’s doing now: He’s hitting .283 but only 25 extra base hits over the course of his 99 hits this season. He’s platooning in left with Collin Cowgill.
What he means to the Dbacks run to the pennant: We all want him to do well. He’s a likeable guy. Has a killer arm in left but has a hard time hitting lefties, thus why Cowgill is getting a lot of time. A guy hitting .283 is being subbed by a guy hitting .200. A lot has to do with match-ups, but also manager Kirk Gibson is trying to send the message that Parra has to contribute when it counts. Hitting singles isn’t sexy enough when trying to win a pennant.