What is the State of the Dbacks Rotation?
Jun 17, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Chase Anderson throws in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels during an interleague game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
If you’ve followed the Dbacks all season, you’ll know that this is a streaky bunch of ballplayers. Arizona is currently in one of those stretches that see them play pretty well. They just came off sweeping the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants. They’re currently in the midst of a key 4 game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Arizona has been flirting with an even .500 record all season and have their sights set (like many) on a wild card position.
The Diamondbacks offense is one of the most prolific in the National League. They are among the Top 3 in categories such as runs, hits, runs batted in, stolen bases and batting average. The offense is anchored by Paul Goldschmidt, who’s having a MVP caliber season. A.J. Pollock’s season should be regarded as #ASGWorthy. Yasmany Tomas has seen his season grossly neglected by the mainstream media due to an unreal rookie class.
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The Dbacks hitting is just fine. Many people have pointed their finger at the Dbacks starting rotation as the reason to why the team isn’t producing a better record. Ironically, the moment people started noticing the incredible offense and started blaming the sub-par rotation, is the moment that the starters stepped up.
In the last five games, the word “no-hitter” has been thrown around in three of them. In those five games, no Dbacks starter has given up more than two runs. Each of the starts were quality starts with the exception of Allen Webster’s, which was only a third of inning from qualifying.
It’s easy to see that the Dbacks rotation is currently experiencing a peak. However, as is always the case with a streaky time like Arizona, a drop off is due. The Dbacks have an intriguing situation because of the never ending uncertainty in who’s part of the rotation. Nagging injuries, demotions to the bullpen, and next level production in the minors have all shaped the rotation into what we see today. Let’s reevaluate what we have.
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