The Diamondbacks won 2 out of 3 in the Bay Area to extend that NL West lead to 7 games. They have all but shut that door on the San Francisco Giants. As long as they do not go on a massive losing streak they will assume the NL West.
Arizona took a 9 game winning streak and 6 game lead into San Francisco and left with a 7 game lead. Friday night the Giants took care of business with their defense and their surprising offense to win 6-2. It looked like the Giants had turned things around just in time. A sweep for the Giants would make the NL West a race once again. Then the Diamondbacks struck back winning Saturday night in convincing fashion, 7-2.
Today there was quite the pitchers duel between Daniel Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong. Hudson gave up a lead off homer but then silenced the Giants from there on out. Vogelsong was near perfect with 7 shutout innings. Justin Upton would be ejected arguing a strike call but it would not be enough. In the 8th Ryan Roberts hit a home run to tie the game.
The Giants bullpen would come to the rescue but it was no use. The Diamondbacks surged with 3 more runs to take the lead and eventual win 4-1.
With that win the Diamondbacks hold a 7 game lead in the NL West and if the season ended today would face up against the Phillies. Everyone assumes the Phillies will sweep their way through the entire postseason. Not so fast! The Diamondbacks pitching top to bottom has almost been flawless since their struggles in Atlanta and their hitting can explode at any moment in a game. I am not saying the Diamondbacks stand the best chance in the postseason but they cannot be counted out. If the Phillies relax too much in the postseason they will end up watching the World Series from home on their couch.
The excitement of October is just around the corner but everyone is already excited for next season, I know I am. It is clear great pitching wins championships. The Diamondbacks have an incredible rotation and a solid bullpen. However, 2012 looks even brighter for the Diamondbacks. Here are some of the pitching prospects that will make a splash in 2012.
Jarrod Parker was drafted in the 1st Round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007 and entered this season as the 27th overall prospect. He has earned a 11-8 record with a 3.79 ERA and 112 strikeouts. This is not just beginner’s luck for Parker who has been consistent putting in a lot of work in the minor leagues. Adding Parker to an already potent rotation could have great results if you are an Arizona fan.
The 1st Round pick of the 2011 draft from UCLA. He is being compared to Tim Lincecum. This comparison is high praise but is drawn on both pitching form and results. In 4 games with Diamondbacks AA Mobile team, Bauer has 26 strikeouts and looks to be the next big thing. Arizona could be lethal with Bauker and Parker right beside him.
Skaggs was received in the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Angels. In 10 games Skaggs has earned a 4-1 record with a 2.50 ERA and 73 strikeouts. Some scouts argue he will soon overtake Parker as the top-pitching prospect in the Diamondbacks organization. Skaggs could be another middle rotation pitcher for the near future before etching his spot in the Diamondbacks rotation which has plenty of depth as it stands right now.
Bradley was drafted this year. Many speculated he would go to college and play football at the University of Oklahoma. Instead Arizona was able to sign him at the last minute. He may not be jumping onto the Diamondbacks roster immediately but will definitely be on the radar in the future.
Clearly the Diamondbacks not only are winning now but they are poised to succeed for the future. These prospects plus those that have recently been added to the Diamondbacks roster such as Goldschmidt, Cowgill and Miley prove the Diamondbacks have the depth both on offense and defense. Will all of these players continue to play with the Diamondbacks next season? Probably not, but some will and others will be very valuable trade pieces. The Diamondbacks are poised to continue to win for years with the way Kevin Towers has built this team from the ground up.
About the Author
Written by Matthew Hesse
Matthew Hesse is currently located in Tucson, Arizona and he graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors in Business Management in 2009. Graduated from Tiffin University with a Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Sports Management in 2011. Recent intern with the Pro Exposure Basketball Showcase and Greene Sports Management. Fan of Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, and the University of Arizona Athletics.