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5 Things We’ve Learned From the Arizona Diamondbacks’ First 25 Games

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5 Things We've Learned From the Arizona Diamondbacks' First 25 Games

Chase Field
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The 2014 season did not start the way the Diamondbacks had hoped it would, in any way. First, ace Patrick Corbin went down with an elbow injury and will miss all of the 2014 season. Then, the D-backs suffered a painful three-game sweep at the hands of the division rival Dodgers in MLB’s Opening Series in Australia. It’s been rough going for Arizona, which sits in last place in the NL West with a 14-25 record. Here are five things we’ve learned.

5. Patrick Corbin is Badly Missed

Patrick Corbin
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5. Patrick Corbin is Badly Missed

Patrick Corbin
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Ace Patrick Corbin went down with an elbow injury that needed Tommy John surgery to fix. Without him, the Arizona rotation floundered, turning a smooth five-man lineup into a game of rotation roulette. The Diamondbacks' pitching corps currently ranks last in baseball in ERA, and it’s been that way for most of the year. The entire team feels Corbin’s absence, and it’s up for speculation what could have been had the injury not occurred.

4. Trevor Cahill is Better in the Bullpen

Trevor Cahill
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4. Trevor Cahill is Better in the Bullpen

Trevor Cahill
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As his command problems continued to worsen, Trevor Cahill lost his spot in the rotation in favor of the bullpen, which he currently calls home. Citing the more focused mentality of a reliever as a plus, Cahill’s performance out of the bullpen hasn’t been bad, especially when compared to his numbers as a starter. His ERA coming from the bullpen is 2.45, much lower than the 9.17 he posted while starting.

3. Even Bad Teams Need Good Closers

Addison Reed
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3. Even Bad Teams Need Good Closers

Addison Reed
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After struggling early and taking the loss in the Diamondbacks’ home opener, Addison Reed’s numbers have improved since then, 11 saves in 12 opportunities, including one last night to his former team, the Chicago White Sox. The Diamondbacks gave up top prospect Matt Davidson to acquire the 25-year-old, putting more pressure on him to prove that even losing teams can win sometimes.

2. Chris Owings is Performing as Advertised

Chris Owings
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2. Chris Owings is Performing as Advertised

Chris Owings
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One of the Diamondbacks organization’s top prospects, Chris Owings won the starting shortstop position from Didi Gregorius in Spring Training and has proven his worth since then. His .295/.342/.411 slash line includes a batting average that ranks second on the team, and he won the NL Rookie of the Month award for April.

1. There's Always Gold(schmidt) Somewhere

Paul Goldschmidt
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1. There's Always Gold(schmidt) Somewhere

Paul Goldschmidt
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The force anchoring the Diamondbacks right now is without a doubt Paul Goldschmidt. He continues to grow into the face of the franchise that the Diamondbacks need and want. He’s played in all of the team’s games this season and shows no signs of letting up, with a team-high .329/.376/.554 slash line and 23 RBIs.

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