Posts Tagged ‘Justin Upton’

Keys to the Game: Padres Vs Diamondbacks, September 8, 2011

September 8, 2011

With only 19 games left it appears that the Arizona Diamondbacks will win their first NL West Pennant since 2007. One of the main reason the Diamondbacks have made the transition from worst to first has been the phenomenal pitching of emerging staff ace, Ian Kennedy (18-5, 2.96 ERA). Kennedy seeks his NL leading 19th win tonight when Arizona opens a four game set against the Padres at Chase Field. Over his last 11 starts Kennedy is 10-1, with a 2.25 ERA. Check out Kennedy’s excellent last eleven starts.

Wins (Blue), ERs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

The big bat of Justin Upton has propelled the Diamondbacks to the top of NL West.  Two of Upton’s 28 Home Runs this season have come against tonight’s Padres starter Cory Luebke (5-8, 3.29 ERA).  Diamondback Catcher, Miguel Montero is another integral part of the high powered Arizona Offense. Montero is currently on a 15 game hitting-streak in which he is batting .345 with a 1.000 OPS.  Check out Montero’s numbers during his steak.

Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

With Kennedy on the hill and Upton and Montero hitting the rubber off the ball, can the Padres possibly slow down the Dbacks’ playoff express?

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Upton Away

August 29, 2011

Justin Upton’s fantastic offensive production has propelled the Diamondbacks to first place in the NL West and has placed him on the short list of NL MVP contenders. Upton is leading the NL in Extra Base Hits with 66. J-Up will look to increase his total during Arizona’s upcoming series against the Rockies, a team which he has tagged for 11 Extra Base Hits so far this season. How many Extra Base Hits will Upton have against the Rockies?

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many Extra-Base Hits Justin Upton will have against Colorado.

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Keys to the Game: Diamondbacks Vs Phillies, August 16, 2011

August 16, 2011

Tonight the surprising NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks will open a three game series in Philadelphia.   NL Cy Young frontrunner, Roy Halladay, hopes to prevent the Diamondbacks from collecting their 7th consecutive win tonight.  Halladay as been absolutely dominant at Citizens Bank Park this season, posting a 2.01 ERA over his last 10 starts in Philadelphia.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & SO (Green)

Arizona will counter with Rookie Josh Collmenter, who has not fared well on the road this season.  Collmenter is 1-4 in eight road starts, giving up five Home Runs and only striking out 26 batters.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & SO (Green)

While Justin Upton and the rest of the Diamondbacks offense has been red-hot as of late, their offensive production will probably not give them a large enough advantage to cancel out this lopsided pitching match up.  Compare the production of Arizona’s starting lineup with Philadelphia’s:

AZ: Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & HRs (Green)

PHIL: Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & HRs (Green)

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NL MVP Race

August 4, 2011

With under two months left in the season four sluggers have emerged as contenders as the National League’s Most Valuable Player.  Arizona’s Justin Upton, Los Angeles’ Matt Kemp, and Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun have all put up incredible numbers so far this season.  Check out how their batting totals stack up.

Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & HRs (Green)


See which Brewer is more valuable.

Matt Kemp appears to be the front runner with his incredible .586 Slugging Percentage.  Kemp is leading the League with 84 RBIs, and his 26 Home Runs and a strong .319 Batting Average put him in contention to win the NL triple crown.  However, Kemp’s Dodger are out of playoff contention and the honor may be awarded to someone who will be playing in October.  Must the MVP put up the best number or is it more import to lead a team to a pennant?

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