Diamondbacks Studs N’ Duds: Peralta Leads The Charge
Duds of the Week
Jun 17, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Chris Owings against the Los Angeles Angels during an interleague game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Owings has not been able to figure it out as of late and it has shown. Whether it’s a hint of decreasing playing time or being leapfrogged by Ahmed in the batting order, people are taking notice in Owings’ struggles. This past week Owings went 2-for-14 (.143).
Owings went 0-for-5 with a run in the San Diego series. Although he did have a couple of stolen bases in the opener on Friday. Owings didn’t even get off the pine for Sunday’s game. With Ahmed seeing time at the leadoff spot in the lineup, there’s a potential shift in opinion among the two’s hitting abilities. It’s just too bad there’s no competition for him…..
Jun 17, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Aaron Hill against the Los Angeles Angels during an interleague game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
It’s very disheartening to see two players (that are supposed to be battling for playing time with each other) on this list. Neither player took advantage after having nearly the same at bats this week. Hill went a disappointing 1-for-13 (.077). That means that one position in the lineup went 3-for-27 (.111).
The ultimate loser in this situation is obviously Arizona. There’s no one to light a fire to Owings seat at second base. With the commitment to youth that the Dbacks are displaying, Hill will not receive the benefit of the doubt. He’s not doing himself any favors to make him an attractive trade target either.
Jun 27, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
This was a tough one considering that Hellickson had improved his play in the last few weeks. However, his lone start this past week left much to be desired. After posting to back to back quality starts, Hellickson was beaten around by the San Diego Padres.
He went 5.1 innings but surrendered 10 hits and 7 runs. Interestingly enough, he did strike out a season high 8 hitters. However, he was tagged with a loss, bringing his 2015 record to 5-5. His season ERA escalated to 5.38 after that awful start.
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