We are a few days into May baseball and the Diamondbacks are in first place. I want to go over a few points that are contributing to their success so far this season.
Health plays a big part of any sports team. Having A.J. Pollock back healthy and hitting in the front of our line-up has already made a huge difference in our offense. Chris Owings has dealt with injuries the last couple seasons and is now finally healthy, and it is showing. Owings is batting .309 and has 20 RBIs to go along with 8 stolen bases. He has been a spark plug all season and it wouldn’t surprise me if he continues his hot. David Peralta was held to only 48 games last season due to a wrist injury. He has a batting average of .326 so far, but he brings more than his bat to the Diamondbacks, he is a favorite with the fans and his teammates due to his outgoing personality.
The Diamondbacks have been known for their offense, but this year the starting rotation has been stepping up. Taijuan Walker has done a great job at keeping his team in the game and the offense has shown their appreciation by giving him the run support he lacked in Seattle. His best start came against the Padres where he went 8 innings and struck out 11 while only giving up 2 earned runs. The leader of our young rotation, Zack Greinke, has been doing his job. He is sporting a 3.19 ERA over 36.2 innings. A big surprise for me this year has been Patrick Corbin. Before the season started I prefered to see Corbin in the bullpen and Archie Bradley in the starting rotation (good thing Torey Lovullo got the manager’s job over me). Corbin has a dazzling 2.29 ERA and hasn’t allowed more than 3 earned runs in a game so far this season.
The bullpen hasn’t been as bad as some might think, especially with Archie Bradley eating up innings. A big surprise for me has been J.J. Hoover, he had success with the Reds, but 2016 did not go well for him. Hoover gave up two runs against the Giants earlier in the year and since has thrown 9.1 scoreless innings while striking out 16. Fernando Rodney hasn’t been as effective as he once was and has an ERA over 11. I’d love to see Lovullo experiment with the closer position, but for now he seems to want to give Rodney a chance at redemption.
Has anyone stood out to you guys so far this season? Let me know in the comments, and give me your vote for the player of the month.