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Who was rad, who was bad against the Cubs

By Christopher Gaine
Apr 9, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) reacts during the first inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) reacts during the first inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports /
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This weekend’s series against the Cubs was a rough one. The Diamondbacks lost three of four games on the heels of some poor pitching, as the team allowed 27 runs. This is not something that Arizona– who gave up so much to revamp their rotation this offseason– wants to be seeing.

Needles to say, there were a lot more “bads” than “rads” this time around.

Rad: Robbie Ray

Despite walking four batters, Ray allowed just two runs in six innings against the Cubs. Considering he was pitching against a potent Cubs lineup, this is really spectacular.

Bad: Every other starting pitcher 

It was not a good series for Diamondbacks starters not named Robbie Ray. Rubby De la Rosa kicked off the series by allowing six earned runs on Thursday.

While Zack Greinke settled in nicely after allowing three runs in the first inning on Saturday, the fact that he has allowed 11 runs already isn’t a good sign. Shelby Miller struggled in his start too, allowing four runs in five innings– including a two- home run to Jake Arrieta.

Rad: Jean Segura

Segura led off the series by hitting two home runs on Thursday, including an inside-the-parker. He then followed that up with a 3-for-4 Friday.

Bad: Chris Owings

The newly-minted starter went just 2-for-11 against the Cubs.

Rad: Paul Goldschmidt

“Goldy” went 5-for-15 this series, including a double and a home run today.

Bad: Welington Castillo

A solid spring has not carried into the regular season for “Beef Welington.” He went just 1-for-10 with a walk and five strikeouts.

The Diamondbacks will now hit the road for a ten-game trip against the Dodgers, Padres and Giants. Not a trip you’d like to take after a 2-5 homestand.

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