Duds of the Week
Jun 16, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (19) throws wild to first in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Wherever Yasmany Tomas and Nick Ahmed are, the Dbacks should wrap them in bubble wrap immediately. Arizona rookies coming off injuries have struggled spectacularly this season. We don’t want to get into Archie Bradley debacle after returning so let’s instead focus on Lamb. He’s currently hitting .269 with a homer and 10 RBI in 2015. Ever since returning from injury, Lamb has lost all of his momentum.
Lamb is hitting 6-for-38 (.238) with an RBI since returning. This past week Lamb went 2-for-18 (.111) with a run and a stolen base. Lamb has seen time hitting in the #2 slot in the batting lineup, although it’s probably unjustifiable at the moment. Lamb returning from injury opened up Mark Trumbo to be traded to Seattle. Arizona has committed to a younger team so expect Lamb to receive a lot of slack.
Jun 21, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) hits a two RBI single in the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
I feel dirty writing this. Pollock has been nothing but a delight all season. However, it appeared that his current run was unsustainable and this past week validated some of those thoughts. Pollock is still hitting over .300 and still has over 40 runs and still has 14 stolen bases. He just had a bad week, that’s all.
This past week, Pollock went 4-for-25 (.160) with three runs and four RBI. Pollock went 1-for-14 (.071) against the Angels in their four game series. Pollock looks like he’s starting to get back on track already. He had three hits in the San Diego series. This week was just an anomaly. I’m sure we’ll be back to #VotePollock in no time.
Jun 20, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Addison Reed (43) throws during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Although this wasn’t his worst performance of 2015, this is our first edition of Studs N’ Duds and it seemed fit that Reed would find a place on our list. For someone that began the season as the Dbacks closer, Reed sure has fallen from grace. In 2015, he’s 2-2 with a 5.92 ERA and 20 strikeouts. He’s lost his closer’s position on the team and is only further losing a prominent role in the bullpen.
This past week didn’t start all that bad actually. Reed collected a 1.1 inning save against the Angels in which he only allowed one hit. Unfortunately for Reed, he was smacked around by the Padres. He only appeared for 2/3 of an inning but allowed four runs and hits. Reed is head and shoulders above the rest in least popular among the Dbacks fans, who are calling for him to be DFA’d.
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