The Diamondbacks have a long way to go to get back into the race, but if they can get more performances like the one Josh Collmenter turned in last night (5/29), they just might find a way to overcome their agonizingly slow start in 2014.
Josh's three-hit shutout vs. the Reds (a 4-0 Arizona win) was accomplished with just 94 pitches. It was easily the most efficient performance of his career, topping a similar game against the Brewers during his rookie season (2011).
As we've said, there's something of an economy of scale that kicks in when pitchers go deep into the game--it seems to have flattened a bit in recent years, but it still shows up in the chart at left.
The interesting thing is how the distributions of innings per start has changed over the past 50-60 years...we'll post something more lengthy on this subject a bit later on.
Collmenter has been bounced back and forth from the rotation to the bullpen during his years with the D-backs...possibly this game will convince the team that he should be a starting pitcher.