There is no need for fans to jump on the Dbacks bandwagon. They are not going anywhere. Right now, the Snakes are pyrite. Their record and place in the standings might appear respectable now, but like fool’s gold, once they are examined, they are not anything special.
As of May 25, Arizona has a 27-21 record tying them for first place in the NL West with the Colorado Rockies. This is nothing new to the baseball world. A team comes out of nowhere to surprise the league and their fans. However in the end, they almost always end up falling apart in midseason never to meet the league’s expectations and breaking hearts of their fans’ once again.
Last year, it was the Pirates, and since 2006 the Mets have met these qualifications. This year, it will be the Dbacks.
The lone reason the Dbacks are in first is Patrick Corbin. Corbin has compiled a 7-0 record, yielding an opponent batting average almost as low as Ike Davis’s at .196. The 6’2’’ southpaw also has a microscopic ERA of 1.44, while striking out 51 in 61.2 innings. If Corbin’s wins are factored out of their record, the Dbacks are basically an average .500 team. Heading down the stretch, teams cannot rely on a player who plays once every five days to carry them through the hunt. The Dbacks need a reliable staff to back up Corbin, if they have any desire to stay in the playoff race. Continue reading
It is 2013 Spring Training and the Diamondbacks are looking at trying to win the National League West and hopefully get to the World Series. The season is long and they must take it one game at a time. The competition in the division is pretty stout. The Los Angeles Dodgers are to be reckoned with as they are vastly improved and the defending World Champs the San Francisco Giants will not be easy to overtake, but the Diamondbacks are capable of doing just that.
I look for them to be better than last season.
There are some new faces that have been added to the team this year. Some players are no longer on the team due to trades, releases, and so on. Make no mistake the team will be in the thick of the race all season. Manager Kirk Gibson will make sure of that. The lineup looks good. The starting pitchers and the bullpen look very solid. A lot of young players on this team will be counted on for steady production this season. Continue reading
The Arizona Diamondbacks capped off a bizarre offseason by finally sending human trade rumor Justin Upton out the door in a blockbuster deal with the Atlanta Braves.
For the Braves, Upton combines with his brother B.J., Jayson Heyward and Reed Johnson to give them one of the most talented outfields in the game. The Braves also have two excellent young infielders in shortstop Andrelton Simmons and first baseman Freddie Freeman. The Uptons, Heyward, Simmons and Freeman are all 28 years old or younger and under the Braves’ control for at least the next three seasons.
The way Atlanta has constructed their team in past offseasons and continuing through this winter has made plenty of sense.
Arizona, on the other hand, has spent this winter going backwards. General manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson have been seeking “winning” players who fit the grinder mentality the organization is looking for. Center fielder Chris Young was traded in a three-team deal that netted light-hitting shortstop Cliff Pennington and maligned reliever Heath Bell. Top prospect Trevor Bauer was sent packing in a three-team deal for a package built around light-hitting shortstop prospect Didi Gregorious. Then, Upton was finally sent out-of-town after three years of trade rumors for third baseman Martin Prado, starting pitcher Randall Delgado and a handful of prospects. Continue reading