Who was rad, who was bad against the Giants
There is something about the Diamondbacks and playing in San Francisco that translates to wins, and it was more of the same for the team this week against their division rivals. They swept the Giants at AT&T Park in four games for the first time ever. They are now 8-2 in their last 10 games at the Giants’ home, and are 10-1 overall against San Francisco in their last 11.
Arizona went 7-3 in ten games away from Phoenix and are a game over .500 at 9-8 after 17 games. There was a lot of rad to go around this week.
Rad: Jake Lamb
Lamb is red-hot, so much so that he batted second this week. He had the biggest hit of the year on Monday night, hitting a game-tying home run with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning of a 9-7 win. He hit .467 with six extra-base hits for the series.
Rad: Yasmany Tomas
Tomas bat starting heating up against the Padres, and his hot streak carried over against the Giants. He hit two long balls on Sunday and another one today, and went 4-for-11 on the series.
Rad: Chris Owings
Owings, the new everyday center fielder, had three multi-hit games this series.
Rad: Welington Castillo
If Welington Castillo is going to remain in the middle of the order, he has to start hitting for power. He finally did that this series, with two home runs.
Rad: Zach Greinke
This is the Greinke we have been waiting for. He was dominant and had all of his pitches, especially his changeup and breaking ball working. Simply put, he was able to pitch the way he wanted to pitch delivering six shutout innings with six strikeouts, and picking up his first win as a Diamondback. On top of that he outdueled Madison Bumgarner, and clinched the series for the D-backs.
The bullpen especially at the back-end got the job done in this series. They got huge outs in big situations late in games including a called strike three to end Wednesday’s game. Tyler Wagner came out of the pen for long relief in today’s win and pitched five innings of shutout ball.
Bad: Shelby Miller
For the second straight start, Miller couldn’t even go three innings, and like the last start, he couldn’t throw strikes. Miller walked four straight batters to start the third including the pitcher, and its clear that something is wrong with Miller. It appears that he his hand on the bottom of the mound again. Miller might have to go on the D.L. but we will see what the D-backs do.
The D-backs return home for a homestand starting tomorrow night with the first of three against the Pittsburgh Pirates.