07/15/2016 – Diamondback Preview – Beware the Lamb
Most Dodger fans are rightly scared of Paul Goldschmidt, but in 2016 they might want to pan out and take in Jake Lamb. The National League is loaded with elite 3rd baseman. Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant vaulted themselves into the same conversation as Matt Carpenter last year. This year Jake Lamb has thrown his hat in. Lamb has a wRC+ of 152 which is just a smidgen behind Kris Bryant. You can look at all the offensive categories and Lamb will show up in the top three for 3rd baseman in just about all of them. One he leads in is a big one. ISO at .322. In fact that ISO is the best in the NL. The best.
C – Welington Castillo Castillo is still hitting home runs just not at the same rate he hit them in his breakout 2015 season. He has ten already this year. His backup Chris Herrmann is having his career season. He has the fun stat of six home runs, five doubles, and four triples. Herrmann also has 28 RBI in only 157 plate appearances. Together the Diamondback backstops have hit 16 home runs which would put them in 2nd place for most home runs by catchers in the NL The Padres have the most with 17.
1st – Goldy is still great, but he’s not the Goldy of the past three years. Not yet anyway, but he has almost half a season to get back to his previous elite levels.
2nd – Jean Segura had a torrid April, slowed down in May and June, but in July has picked his game back up. The leadoff hitter still has a nice triple stat line of .311 / .358 /.441 to go along with fifteen stolen bases.
SS – Defensive whiz Nick Ahmed is still a black hole in the lineup but I’m not sure his defensive skills can continue to outweigh his offensive ineptitude. Triple stat line of .221 / .268 / .308 says it all.
3rd – we already covered Mr. Lamb
RF – David Peralta is on the DL again and should miss this series. With O’Brien being sent down once again, Yazmani Tomas has gotten the reps in RF in July. Tomas is in a big time slump with just five singles in thirty-five July at-bats.
CF – Michael Bourne has become the starting CF and that is horrible news for Diamondback fans. While movie fans may not realize, Bourne is done, and the sequels should stop.
LF – Drury hasn’t collected a walk in 30 July plate appearances but at least has displayed some power when he makes contact.
The Diamondbacks have elite skills at the corners but the below average outfield is a big reason why they are in last place. That and the pitching which I don’t write about anymore.
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