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Arizona Diamondbacks: Five players that are quietly impacting the team’s success

By Joseph Jacquez
The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate their 42nd win of the season Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate their 42nd win of the season Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Zack Godley (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)
Zack Godley (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) /

Zack Godley

Injuries derailed a promising 2016 season, but the 2017 team has fully embraced the “next man up” mentality.

Before his season was cut short by Tommy John surgery, Shelby Miller was putting together a Comeback Player of the Year season. The right hander was pitching like the pitcher the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves coveted.

The loss of Miller was unfortunate, Thanks to Zack Godley, the rotation has not missed a beat. In seven starts this season, the right hander has a 2.44 ERA. Opposing batters are simply not getting on base (0.99 WHIP). In all but one start, Godley has pitched at least six innings.

Six days ago, Godley went 6.2 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers and he picked up the win. The Diamondbacks decided to keep Godley in the rotation and Delgado moved back to the bullpen. Godley remains in the rotation and started Saturday night in Philadelphia.

In terms of value, Godley’s 2.0 bWAR puts him right near the top.

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