Pitchers that have to step up
Least Valuable Starting Pitcher runner-up: Shelby Miller
He has performed better compared to 2016, but Miller can be better. He has lasted just five innings in both of his starts while averaging just over 103 pitches per start.
Least Valuable Starting Pitcher: Zack Greinke
When you’re averaging just 5.4 innings per start, you’re not worth the 4206 million awarded by the Diamondbacks. Greinke’s performance last Friday against the Dodgers indicated he is not the same pitcher as in previous years.
Greinke’s FIP is better than his ERA, and that suggests his defense has let him down. Greinke is a feel pitcher who pitches to contact. He needs a great defense to pitch past the fifth inning.
Greinke’s FIP suggests his ERA will lower, but not far enough to justify the money he is making.
Least Valuable Reliever runner-up: Randall Delgado
Delgado gets this honor because he was the Diamondbacks most consistent reliever in 2016 and has been the exact opposite this season.
The right-hander has been tagged for seven earned runs and 11 hits in 7.2 innings.
Least Valuable Reliever: Fernando Rodney
“The Fernando Rodney experiment” has lived up to that nickname. Even the saves he recorded were not easy.
There have been far too many base runners and the veteran has been erratic and vulnerable to the long ball.
One has to wonder how patient the Diamondbacks will be.