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D-backs 4-0 without great starting pitching
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D-backs 4-0 without great starting pitching

A 4-0 start works well no matter how you dissect it, but
it’s especially satisfying when you consider through four
games, the Arizona Diamondbacks really haven’t enjoyed the
spoils of their starting pitching.

Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson were both effective but
hardly dominating in their first starts. Josh Collmenter
has some work to do, and given the talent behind him in
the minors, he’d best do it fast.

Last night against the Padres, Trevor Cahill couldn’t
harness any of his pitches. Yes, he only gave up a run and
two hits in his six innings, but with six walks and five
strikeouts he gave new meaning to the phrase “effectively
wild”. As Nick Piecoro of the Republic noted during the
game, Cahill’s sinker had so much movement even he didn’t
know where it was going…let alone the Padre hitters.

My point though, is that despite the rough-around-the-
edges rotation so far, the Diamondbacks are the only
National League team without a loss (only Detroit is
undefeated in the AL — the two teams Ken Rosenthal picked
to meet in the World Series…just sayin’). I think Hudson
and Kennedy will be fine. Collmenter? Cahill? Wednesday’s
starter Joe Saunders? To me, that’s the key to this season
for the D-backs.