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A Preview Of The Dbacks Starting Rotation In 2014

Corbin has the ace of the rotation since he made his start of the season for Arizona and has not looked back. If the Dbacks make the postseason, he will be one of the reasons why this happens. The young left-hander leads the team in wins with 13 on the season. He also has a 2.79 ERA in 177.2 inning pitched while just walking 45 batters and striking out 154. He has a WHIP of 1.04 and is limiting batters to a .216 average on the season. Corbin is holding left-handed batters to a batting average of just .180 in 150 at-bats this season. He also knows how to pitch well at Chase Field with him winning eight games at home and having a 1.86 ERA. The youngster is stingy with runners in scoring position, as teams only have a .197 batting average in this situation.

Corbin has been the ace of the rotation since he made his first start of the season for Arizona and has not looked back. If the Dbacks make the postseason, he will be one of the reasons why this happens. The young left-hander leads the team in wins with 13 on the season. He also has a 2.79 ERA in 177.2 inning pitched while just walking 45 batters and striking out 154. He has a WHIP of 1.04 and is limiting batters to a .216 average on the season. Corbin is holding left-handed batters to a batting average of just .180 in 150 at-bats this season. He also knows how to pitch well at Chase Field with him winning eight games at home and having a 1.86 ERA. The youngster is stingy with runners in scoring position, as teams only have a .197 batting average in this situation.

By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner)

The Arizona Diamondbacks have had highs and lows this season, and there is still a chance they could make the playoffs. Arizona sits 8 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West division.

The Dodgers seem like they are running away with the division title, but Arizona still has seven games left against them in September to narrow the gap and put some pressure on them.

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Bradley is one of top pitching prospects in all of baseball. He could an ace in the starting rotation for Arizona. Bradley has won 11 games in Double-A this season with a 1.98 ERA in 118.1  innings pitched that includes 117 strikeouts. He has cut his walks down this season, and if continues to this should no issues making an impact next season for Arizona in their rotation.

Bradley is one of top pitching prospects in all of baseball. He could be an ace in the starting rotation for Arizona. Bradley has won 11 games in Double-A this season with a 1.98 ERA in 118.1 innings pitched that includes 117 strikeouts and 58 walks. He has cut his walks down this season, and if continues this should no issues making an impact next season for Arizona in their rotation.

There is still hope for the team to have a chance at making the post season with them just five games back of the Cincinnati Reds for the second Wild Card spot in the NL.

One of the ways they can get back in the conversation of being a playoff team is with better starting pitching. The starting rotation is 9th in the National League with an ERA of 3.83.

The staff has not pitched well this season aside from All-Star Patrick Corbin having a great season and fellow lefty Wade Miley coming on strong in the second half of the season.

They added Brandon McCarthy in the off season to bolster the rotation and that has not panned out well for the team.

The right-hander has only won three games in 16 starts on the season with a 5.03 ERA in 93 innings pitched. The control is there for him, as he has only walked 18 batters but has surrendered 116 hits. This is the reason why is he a very high WHIP of 1.44.

The opposition is having no issues handling his pitches with them a having a .306 batting average against him.

However, he has looked good since his return from the disabled list. The latest start, he was very impressive and it had to do with him making a change in his mechanics.

McCarthy will have to continue pitching well in the final month, as Arizona looks to make that final push for the postseason.

Another member of the rotation for the Diamondbacks that has also underperformed is starter Trevor Cahill.  He has a 4.39 ERA in 112.2 innings pitched while walking 45 batters and striking 82 to go along with a WHIP of 1.37.

The sinker ball expert is limiting teams to a .263 average, with right-handed batters managing a .253 batting average in 198 at-bats on the season. He had a horrible June where teams had a .364 average against him and he gave up 27 runs in six starts.

The one area where he has pitched great is with runners in scoring position, as indicated by teams just having a .202 batting average in this situation. Cahill still does a remarkable job with two outs and runners in scoring position by holding teams to a .214 average.

Cahill has had an up-and-down season with control issues. The main issue is his best pitch, a sinking fastball that at times can be very effective. 

Then there are other times he fails to locate the pitch and allows too many base runners. He was out of commission for more than a month with hip and shoulder issues. The injury allowed him to rework his delivery, and it seems to working for now.

Arizona also traded former ace of the staff Ian Kennedy away to the San Diego Padres this season because he was not consistent in his starts this season.

This left a hole in the rotation, but they had a young pitcher in Randall Delgado that has pitched decent this season. He has a 3.87 ERA in 83.2 innings pitched with a 1.24 WHIP.

Delgado relies on keeping the ball down and throwing strikes to keep opposing hitters’ off-balance. He has some good starts mixed with some bad ones, and this is common for young pitchers as they learn how to pitch in the Majors.

Corbin is the ace of the staff going into next season, and is one reason Arizona still has a chance to make the postseason going into the final month of the season. The team is 21-5 when he starts, and you get the feeling that he will be great for the next couple of years.

Miley will be the second guy in the rotation, and is pitching terrific when the team needs him to. The early season struggles are a thing of the past, and is looking like the player that came in 2nd for NL Rookie of The Year in 2012.

The third and fourth slots in the rotation will be occupied by Cahill and McCarthy. This could change if these two pitchers have a horrible final month of the season. Arizona then could look to trade not one but both players in the off season.

This is where you could see a total youth movement in the rotation. They have one of the top pitching prospects in baseball with Archie Bradley mowing down hitters in Mobile.

Bradley will not see the Majors this season, as Arizona wants to limit his innings thrown. He has ace potential and if he can cut down his walks should make the rotation next spring.

They have other pitchers in Delgado, Tyler Skaggs and David Holmberg that have a chance to make the rotation as well.

The team is deep with pitching and future of the rotation looks bright for the team.

Wade Miley is another young left-hander that Arizona has in their rotation. He has been pitching better in the second half of the season for the club. Miley has won nine games for the team with a 3.60 ERA in 162.2 innings pitched. Miley has struck out 119 batters, while walking 54 and has a WHIP of 1.30. He is holding teams to a .258 batting average on the season with right-handers hitting .252 against him in 473 at-bats. The second half of the season, teams only have a .210 average in facing him. This is an improvement where teams had plenty of success in first half with a .276 batting average. Miley is holding teams to a .258 average with runners in scoring position.

Wade Miley is another young left-hander that Arizona has in their rotation. He has been pitching better in the second half of the season for the club. Miley has won nine games for the team with a 3.60 ERA in 162.2 innings pitched. Miley has struck out 119 batters, while walking 54 and has a WHIP of 1.30. He is holding teams to a .258 batting average on the season with right-handers hitting .252 against him in 473 at-bats. The second half of the season, teams only have a .210 average in facing him. This is an improvement where teams had plenty of success in first half with a .276 batting average. Miley is holding teams to a .258 average with runners in scoring position.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views      of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ”Lead Baseball Columnist and Minority Website Owner” Chris Lacey. Chris has been a fan of watching baseball since the age of 13. Now he does like all sports – but his favorites after baseball are hockey and basketball. 

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