A Preview Of The Dbacks Starting Rotation In 2014
By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner) Follow @aecanada12
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.
Patrick Corbin 2013 Highlights
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.
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.
The team is deep with pitching and future of the rotation looks bright for the team.
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