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Arizona Diamondbacks’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

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Arizona Diamondbacks' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

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To this point of the 2014 MLB season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have personified that old adage about best laid plans going awry. Things are getting better in May, but after a 9-22 record through March/April, there was really no place to go but up, right?

If the D'Backs are to build on their 11-10 May record heading into play on Memorial Day and make something of this season, nothing unfortunate can befall these five players right now.

5. A.J. Pollock

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5. A.J. Pollock

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At 35.1 offensive runs below average as a team (27th in MLB), the Diamondbacks are going to take any offense they can get. That makes Pollock's surprising .816 OPS (.901 in May, second among all MLB CFs) even more valuable.

Sure, he still struggles vs. lefties (.212 BA over 35 PA), but it's not like the team is flush with options at the moment, you know?

4. Brandon McCarthy

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4. Brandon McCarthy

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Don't let Brandon McCarthy's 4.67 ERA and 1-6 record fool you -- he's just about the best thing the Diamondbacks have on the mound right now. Since a brutal trio of starts to kick off the 2014 season, he's put up a strong 9.43 K/9 to 1.93 BB/9, good for a 3.21 ERA and 2.72 xFIP over his 42 IP.

That includes his 3.1-IP, seven-run clunker on May 9, so you can see why the team needs the righty to stay healthy moving forward.

3. Chris Owings

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3. Chris Owings

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Okay, so the Diamondbacks' shortstop situation hasn't totally cleared up yet (Didi Gregorius is slashing .313/.397/.467 through 226 PA in triple-A and hasn't been moved), but give the rookie Owings full points for providing his team with a bright spot in the face of uncertainty.

He'll have to get over his first major slump (.190 BA over his last 45 PA), but even with that, he's well exceeded expectations.

2. Bronson Arroyo

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2. Bronson Arroyo

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Speaking of exceeding expectations, meet Arroyo's 1.73/0.96 ERA/WHIP in May. Like McCarthy, the veteran is doing what he can to turn around a brutal start (7.77 ERA in April) and to anchor this thin rotation as a No. 4 starter. In other words, he's not really supposed to be doing this.

Considering that he and McCarthy are the only D'Backs SPs at 0.5+ fWAR in May, how bad would the Arizona rotation be right now if the righty wasn't around?

1. Paul Goldschmidt

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1. Paul Goldschmidt

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It's hard not to be overly obvious here, but Goldschmidt would be irreplaceable even if the Diamondbacks were firing on all cylinders. With a .305/.354/.533 triple-slash, good for a team-high 1.5 fWAR (the Arizona offense is at 2.6 for perspective), losing the first baseman for any reason and for any length of time right now would be the mother of all daggers to the heart of the D'Backs.

Thom is an MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @BlueJaysRant, or add him to your network on Google