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Arizona Diamondbacks streaking

Arizona Diamondbacks streaking

 

TheArizona Diamondbackscontinue to shock the baseball world. Experts had predicted the Diamondbacks would finish last in the National League West this year, with a 7587 record. The Diamondbacks have already surpassed that win total with a month of baseball left to play. Much of their success can be attributed to the excellent decisionmaking by Manager Kirk Gibson and his coaching staff. Gibson is keeping the team hungry, giving everyone playing time, making all the right ingame decisions, and has instilled a sense of confidence with the team that they can beat anyone. The Diamondbacks have more come from behind wins this season than any other team in the Major Leagues. Gibson should be a frontrunner for manager of the year no matter how the Diamondbacks end the season.

 

As the final month of the long MLB season begins, the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves leading the National League West division by six games over World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. There are 25 games remaining for the Diamondbacks, with six of them against the Giants. The Diamondbacks start a critical three game series in San Francisco tonight.

 

August was a month of streaks for Arizona. They began the month winning a series over the Giants 21, and losing a series over the Dodgers 12. They lost their first game against the Astros, then won seven straight games. After winning their first game Mitchell And Ness Archie Manning Jersey against the Phillies, the Diamondbacks then lost six games in a row. Archie Manning Throwback Jersey By August 22, the Diamondbacks were 1010, and had a slim one game lead over the Giants. Then the Diamondbacks ran off a nine game win streak to end the month, and all of a sudden, the lead over the Giants jumped to six games. The Diamondbacks also broke a franchise record with 12 straight wins at home this month.

 

The Diamondbacks overall record in August was 1910, which was their fourth winning month in a row. With an overall record of 7859, the team has already exceeded their total of 65 wins for all of last year. With the recent win streak, the Diamondbacks are now 4025 at home. They still have a winning record on the road as well at 3834. For the fourth month in a row, the magic number for the Diamondbacks was 4. If the Diamondbacks scored more than four runs in a game this month, their record was 161. If they scored three or fewer runs in a game, their record was 39.

 

The Diamondbacks offense continues to do just enough to win games, as different players continue to contribute to their success at different times. Newly acquired Aaron Hill, in a trade that sent Kelly Johnson to Toronto, has hit .355 since becoming the new starting second baseman for the Diamondbacks on August 23. Sean Burroughs, who was out of baseball for five years, averaged .350 in August. Gerardo Parra also hit over .300 in August, with a .313 average.

 

The team batting average of .249 ranks them 20 out of 30 MLB teams, but the team ranks in the top 10 in home runs, slugging percentage, triples, RBI extra base hits, total runs, and stolen bases. They are best in the Major Leagues, hitting the fewest ground outs, and fewest ground outs into double plays.

 

Statistically Ian Kennedy has very similar numbers compared to last year in most categories. The major differences are his 3.03 ERA compared to his 3.80 ERA last year, and his 174 record compared to 910 last year. August was another good month, as Kennedy went 51 with a 2.31 ERA. He has a good chance at getting 20 wins this season, and more than doubling the most wins of his career.

 

At 24 years old, Daniel Hudson has almost doubled the total number of innings he has pitched in the major leagues this year alone. He is solidifying himself as a perennial starting pitcher for years to come. Hudson pitched a 7 inning shutout against the Rockies, and ended August with a 42 record and a 2.88 ERA.

 

Joe Saundershad a rough August after lowering his ERA and opponents batting average each month prior. He gave up 17 runs in 23 1/3 innings, but managed to pitch a 7 inning shutout against the Padres in his last outing of the month. He ended 13 in August with a 5.08 ERA in five starts.

 

By going 32 in August,Josh Collmenterfinally has a winning record on the season at 98. He was roughed up on August 5 against the Dodgers, giving up 6 runs in 2 1/3 innings. If you eliminate that game from his August statistics, Collmenter would have had a 1.97 ERA, as he only gave up 7 runs over the last 5 games and 32 innings pitched. He continues to do well in his first season in the major leagues.

 

The Diamondbacks acquired Jason Marquis to take over the fifth spot in the rotation on July 30 in a trade with the Washington Nationals. Marquis pitched in two games and couldn get past the fourth inning in either one. He was averaging a 12.38 ERA going into his third start. In the third inning of his third start,August 14, Marquis was hit by a batted ball and fractured his right fibula. He was put on the disabled list and ended his brief stint as a starter 01 with a 9.53 ERA. Once again, the Diamondbacks were back to looking for a fifth starter.

 

On August 16, the Diamondbacks selected the contract of Wade Miley from TripleA Reno to replace Marquis. Miley had a rough outing in his first start, lasting only four innings and giving up five earned runs. In his next two Archie Manning Jersey outings, Miley pitched 12 innings, gave up only two earned runs, and was 20. He ended August with a 21 record and a 3.94 ERA. Not bad for a 24yearold making his major league debut.

 

JJ Putzwas back as the closer for the Diamondbacks in August after being on the disabled list. He ended the month with 11 saves in 11 opportunities, www.nflofficialsaints.com/Black+Archie+Manning+Jersey and a 1.64 ERA. David Hernandezclosed out two games in August, with a 1.54 ERA. The Diamondbacks as a whole are 190 in save opportunities since the AllStar break. The Diamondbacks as an entire pitching staff were giving up an average of 4.7 runs per game until they went on their nine game win www.nflofficialsaints.com streak to end the month. During the streak, the Diamondbacks pitching staff gave up an average of only 1.33 runs per game.

 

At the end of August, the Diamondbacks find themselves at the top of the National League West standings. If they continue to win at their current pace, they would end the season at 9072. This would probably be good enough for the Diamondbacksto win the division, and put them in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
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