Dbacks Fueled by Rookies, Clutch & Pitching Staff

By Guillermo Salcido
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May 15, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Chase Anderson (57) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Anderson

He did it. He finally did it. On Wednesday against Miami, Anderson picked up his first victory of the season. He went a career high 8 innings while allowing only one run. It was the fourth start in a row in which he’s been charged with a run or less. Anderson is now 1-1 with a 2.54 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Anderson will look to get this week on the right track as well as he gets the 1st start on Monday.

May 24, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) throws during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Hellickson

Before this week, Hellickson had been a sore thumb in the rotation. He only had one quality start to his name in 2015. By the time the week was over, Hellickson added two more quality starts. On Tuesday, Hellickson went 6 innings and allowed two runs. He didn’t receive a decision, but he kept his team in the game long enough for them to win.

On Sunday, Hellickson did receive a win. He went 6 2/3 and allowed three runs against Chicago in the rubber match. His two quality starts this week has brought down his season ERA to 5.33. Hellickson’s resurgence is just one of various in the starting rotation at the moment.

May 24, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler (29) celebrates with catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (9) after beating Chicago Cubs 4-3 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Ziegler

In a week full of great signs, this might be the greatest of all. It appears Arizona has found its closer. After having only two saves as a team before this week, the Dbacks were tasked with four save opportunities. Burgos picked up two saves on days that Ziegler was unavailable.

On the week, Ziegler went 2-for-2 on converting saves and pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. He struck out six and only allowed two base runners. His season ERA is 0.86 and his season WHIP is 0.81.

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