Touch 'Em All: D-backs lose series to Colorado
Almost everyone predicted it would happen; it was just a matter of when.
Well, Josh Collmenter's first two starts have turned when from a question mark to a countdown. Through those first two outings, Collmenter has pitched only 7 innings with a 2.00 WHIP and a 12.86 ERA.
This is baseball, after all, and in my mind that equates to the most fundamental aspect of the game; three strikes and you're out. Josh Collmenter now has two strikes.
The reason Collmenter is on the hot seat?
2-0, with 10.2 innings pitched, while allowing 4 hits, with 18 strikeouts, a 1.03 WHIP and a 0.00 ERA….
That's right, Trevor Bauer is good… really good. Which is why, in my opinion, if Josh Collmenter has one more bad start, it is time to bring up the young phenom to take his place.
If the D-Backs are serious about making a run to the postseason and beyond, they must put forth the best rotation they can. And honestly, that rotation probably reads as following: Kennedy-Hudson-Cahill-Bauer-Skaggs.
Now will Tyler Skaggs get a shot in The Show this season? I'm not sure. But the countdown is on for Trevor Bauer's rise to the Majors. Now don't get me wrong, I like Josh Collmenter, I really hope he pitches well and keeps his spot in the rotation. It's just that I'm way more excited about Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs, because they have the stuff to make the Diamondbacks big-time contenders for years to come.
Series Report Card
Record: C+ I'm willing to give the D-Backs a break because they did, after all, go from the desert to the Rocky Mountains and the change in temperature can be a lot to get used to. However, no matter how you look at it, this team should not be dropping 2 of 3 to the Rockies.
Offense: A The offense looked good through out the series in Denver, and rightfully so, as Coors Field is enormous. The offense had the team in position to take two of three if it weren't for J.J. Putz's blown save. It was also very nice to see Justin Upton's bad start to spark, as I've said before, the Diamondbacks need his bat to be successful.
Defense: B+ The defense had a couple of errors throughout the series, but besides that looked pretty good. You can never really afford mistakes, and that goes double in Coors Field. So while the defense could have been better, it could have also been a lot worse, which is why I'm giving it a B+.
Pitching: C- The combination of very poor outings for Daniel Hudson and Josh Collmenter, with equally poor outings from some members of the bullpen, result in the worst pitching grade of the season to this point. The very good outing from Trevor Cahill on Sunday was the only real bright spot of the weekend in my eyes.
Managing: A The decision to go with Wade Miley as the long reliever is one I love (his ERA is still 0.00 right now). And I can't fault Kirk Gibson for his pitchers not performing to the caliber they are capable of, so I'm going with an A here.
Play of the Series: Chris Young's two-run home run in the 1st inning of Sunday's game was the biggest play of the series to me. Not only did it put the Diamondbacks up 2-0, it gave Cahill, who if you remember often takes time to settle in, a lot of comfort before he even took the mound. That lead really enabled Cahill to ease into the game, and that really helped his performance.
Unsung Hero of the Series: This series the Unsung Hero was, for the second time this season, Wade Miley. Even though the Snakes ended up losing on Saturday, Miley's three innings of relief, in which he allowed only two hits, allowed the D-Backs to mount a comeback and to get in position to win the game.
Kirk Gibson Quote of the Series: "He knows how to get guys out, he just needs to find consistency in executing his pitches. He made mistakes and they hit him." -On Josh Collmenter's performance on Saturday.
Player of the Series: There is a new winner of the POTS award this series. Miguel Montero, even though he did not play on Sunday, had a great series. He hit his 1st and 2nd home runs of the season as well as 5 RBIs in the series. It's also good to see some pop in his bat, as it can give Justin Upton, Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt protection when pitchers have to worry about Montero in the clean up spot.
The "Rip your Heart Out" Award: This, of course, goes to Todd Helton. The Diamondbacks had fallen down 5-0, came back and proceeded to take a 7—6 lead into the 9th (they were undefeated when taking a lead into the 9th last year if you remember). And then Todd Helton, with one swing of the bat handed the Snakes the loss with a walk off two run home run.
Best Moment of the Series: For me, the best moment of this series was watching Bryan Shaw bounce back on Sunday to record the save, after getting the loss two days before. It's always good to see a young pitcher who has the ability to move on from a bad outing in a very short amount of time. Kudos to you, Mr. Shaw.
The Road Ahead: The Diamondbacks return to Chase Field on Monday for a three-game set with the Pirates. Arizona should take at least two from the Pirates, and then they face a test as their next 17 games are against all five NL East teams. Those 17 games will shed a lot of light on how the D-Backs compare with some of the more talked-about teams in the league.