Arizona Diamondbacks rattle their way to a strong start to the season


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The Arizona Diamondbacks in the dugout in a 2011 spring training game

Zach McCook, Reporter

The Arizona Diamondbacks have started strong with a 17-7 record with 8 consecutive series wins. One highlight was sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team’s batting has been good enough for them to take the win in the L.A series, but their pitching has really shined with a earned run average of 2.91.

Part of the Diamondbacks early success to all the wins could be with starting pitcher Patrick Corbin. Corbin was recently named National League Player of the Week for Apr. 22, with a 2-0 record and allowing just two runs in over 15 innings. Some of those numbers include allowing one hit, struck out 11 batters in nine innings and won four of his last five starts. Corbin almost threw his first no-hitter for this season against the San Francisco Giants on Apr. 17, but lost that bid in the eighth inning.

On the batting side, David Peralta  has been the best offensive player for the Diamondbacks averaging .304 at the plate, 12 RBIs and 11 runs. Not only is Peralta bringing players in around the diamond, but himself as well. Despite first baseman and veteran Paul Goldschmidt off to a slow start, over the past two weeks, he has picked up hitting four home runs and eight RBIs.

A few of the injuries on the team include outfielder A.J Pollock with right hand injury despite playing recently against the Philadelphia Phillies on Apr. 26, third baseman Jake Lamb, pitcher Randall Delgado, right outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and pitcher Shelby Miller.

The Diamondbacks now stand third in the power rankings on week three, moving up two spots from week two. The Diamondbacks look to continue their hot streak this season on the road as they head to Washington to play the Nationals on Apr. 27.