Pitching Needs to Carry the D-Backs

By Thomas Lynch

Did we miss something? Aren’t the San Francisco Giants supposed to be the team with all pitching and no hitting? Well, now it appears for at least a short period of time, the Arizona Diamondbacks will assume that role.   Two thirds of the outfield are sidelined for the time being and we have not had an appearance by the starting Shortstop.  True, Justin Upton did appear in yesterday’s game as a pinch runner but a thumb injury is nothing to weigh lightly.   The team might be better served to hold him out a week to get the finger completely healed. 

With three of nine starting position players missing, the entire Arizona pitching staff from 1-12 needs to raise their games.   This could mean that if Josh Collmenter struggles again, his spot in the rotation could go to Wade Miley or  Patrick CorbinBryan Shaw and Brad Ziegler have already combined for 13 appearances.   The starters desperately need to go deeper into games.  Yesterday’s 7.2 inning effort by Daniel Hudson was a welcome relief (pardon the pun). 

The players tasked with replacing Upton, Chris Young and Stephen Drew are fine players.  They just don’t have the juice that these three bring to the club.  This is not meant to slight Willie Bloomquist, John McDonald and A.J. Pollock but two of them are mainly reserve players and Pollock is getting his first taste of big league action.  The Dodgers have dropped their last two games but considering their second half play last season and their torrid start to 2012, they can easily reel off another 9-1 record over the next 10 games.   That is why it is imperative for the D-Back hurlers to keep the team close until their stars get back to full strength.

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