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Starting Pitching a Pleasant Surprise for the Diamondbacks

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Apr 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Archie Bradley (25) throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

At 7-7, the Arizona Diamondbacks are already three games better than they were at this time last year. A major reason for this has been the performance of their starting pitching. As I have written previously, the rotation is the shakiest part of the team, in my opinion. And while that still may be the case over the course of a 162 game season, there is no doubt that the five starters are a big reason why the D’backs have gotten off to such a positive April.

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Although he posted a subpar first two outings, Josh Collmenter rebounded on Friday to record the Majors’ first complete game shutout. Chase Anderson put up a stellar seven inning, one run effort against the Rangers last night. Archie Bradley has enjoyed two quality outings against Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, two of the best pitchers in the game. New acquisitions Rubby De La Rosa and Jeremy Hellickson have had their shaky moments but have fared well over their most recent starts. As a whole, the numbers aren’t that impressive but they are better than what I thought they would be.

In order for the team to at least remain competitive, the starters will have to continue to go deeper into games.  The latest outings by the staff members is encouraging but can’t be a mirage. We know the Snakes’ pitching is not a strong area of the team. Then again, the bar set last year wasn’t very high. If Collmenter can reach 200 innings for the first time in his career and newcomers De La Rosa and Hellickson reach 180 each I would consider this season a major success….providing their ERA’s aren’t over 5.00.

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