Beaning Justin Upton only fuels Diamondbacks’ desire
Facing the Cubs on Thursday night at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton popped out to end a seven-run bottom half of the first inning. Angry about leaving two men in scoring position, Upton slung his helmet, his bat and a handful of expletives. And, although they set a franchise record for most runs scored in the first inning, the D-backs were not satisfied.
This team is rabidly hungry.
And sometimes their hunger costs them. After his first-inning demonstration on Thursday, Upton was beaned with a Justin Berg fastball squarely in the middle of his back in his next trip to the plate. This was the Cubs’ way of saying, “How dare you be dissatisfied with a seven-run first inning.” But beaning Justin Upton won’t teach him anything. It won’t alter the competitive attitude of the 23-year-old right fielder. It may even stimulate his appetite.
Chris Young, despite being fourth in the National League in home runs and fifth in RBIs, is hopelessly hungry.
Although he’s the best-slugging catcher in the NL, Miguel Montero isn’t appeased by good numbers.
This is Kirk Gibson’s club indeed.
At the 15-game mark, I ran some diagnostics on the Diamondbacks. I looked at how well each part of the team was working. Ten days later, I’m realizing that I may have misdiagnosed a couple of players.
- Ever since I dissed Ian Kennedy, he not only entered into fatherhood, but ace-hood too. One of his last two starts was a complete-game shutout versus the Phillies, in which he struck out 10. In the other, he gave up only one run and four hits to the Reds. Kennedy is 3-1 with a 4.02 ERA this season.
- Daniel Hudson and Barry Enright have both earned wins since I bashed them. Hopefully, for D-backs fans, they too were misdiagnosed.
The D-backs have split the first two games of their four-game set with the Cubs. Tonight, Kennedy will face the Cubs’ Matt Garza, who is 0-3 with a 4.11 ERA. Tomorrow, Hudson (1-4; 5.64 ERA) faces Casey Coleman (1-1; 7.43 ERA).
Next week, the D-backs will host the Rockies for a mid-week series before going to Petco Park to play the Padres over the weekend.