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Posted by Decker on August 27th, 2012

The Cardinals are the best team in Arizona. In a weak division, they could be poised for another playoff run.

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2011 Season in Review: Arizona Diamondbacks

Posted by beaston26 on November 1st, 2011

The Arizona Diamondbacks were one of the biggest surprises of 2011 going from worst to first in one year. The 2010 version of the Diamondbacks featured sloppy defensive play, poor pitching, and a lot of strikeouts at the plate. Manager Kirk Gibson and former San Diego Padres GM Kevin Towers instilled an entirely new attitude in his team that had them competing 9 innings every night. This led to a decrease in runs allowed by 152 runs! The organization has assembled a bunch of young players who will get to grow together alongside their manager in an organization with a clear direction so they will continue to be a team to watch out for years to come.

The makeup of the Arizona Diamondbacks team was constructed in a similar fashion to their NL West counterpart Los Angeles Dodgers. Starter Ian Kennedy, acquired in a 3-team deal last year, emerged as the team’s ace and a Cy Young contender. Kennedy led the team in strikeouts, wins, and ERA. During a stretch from July 8th through the end of the regular season Kennedy received winning decisions in 13 out of 15 starts. Joe Saunders and Daniel Hudson did a solid job backing up Kennedy to provide an adequate 1-2-3 rotation. The duo combined for a 28-25 record with a mid 3 ERA. Rookie Josh Collmenter also kept opponents off-balance with his unorthodox delivery. While Kennedy set the tone for the pitching staff, Justin Upton did most of the damage for the offense. Upton led the team in home runs, RBIs, stolen bases, and is developing into one of the best outfielders in the major leagues. Miguel Montero was an all-around contributor from catcher. He provided excellent protection for Upton hitting behind him and played great defense as the backstop. Gerardo Parra,a defensive replacement most of his career, developed into a starting outfielder and led the team in batting average. Paul Goldschmidt, a late-season call up, looks to be the real deal at first base and should be a fixture in the heart of the order for years to come. Manager Kirk Gibson did an excellent job making the most out of his entire roster night in and night out to get the results he wanted. Gibson is a leading candidate for Manager of the Year.

If the Diamondbacks are truly going to be contenders for the foreseeable future they will have to further improve their infield. Veteran second basemen Aaron Hill did a nice job when acquired mid-season from Toronto and third basemen Ryan Roberts was a surprise, but neither is  a long-term answer. Shortstop Stephen Drew was hurt in July but has not lived up to his draft status. Willie Bloomquist did OK filling in for him, but is nothing more than a stopgap. Also the back end of the rotation needs to be shored up. Jason Marquis was acquired at the trading deadline, but got hurt in his first start with the team and was out for the year. Chris Young has underperformed almost every year and the organization would be wise to prepare a contingency plan if he continues to underwhelm.

Bright Spots: Ian Kennedy, Justin Upton, Miguel Montero, Paul Goldschmidt, Ryan Roberts, Gerardo Parra, Daniel Hudson, Josh Collmenter, J.J. Putz

Disappointments: Chris Young, Jason Marquis, Stephen Drew, Kelly Johnson, Aaron Heilman, Armando Galarraga

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Grand Opening Sale! Get 20% OFF to Celebrate…

Posted by GameSetMatch on August 23rd, 2011


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Will the Arizona Wildcats reach the top this season?

Posted by GameSetMatch on August 19th, 2010

As the college football returns for the 2010 season, there are many questions to be answered. Today’s focus will be on the Arizona Wildcats as they try to improve on their 8-5 record from last season. The Wildcats finished 2nd in the Pac-10 only behind the Oregon Ducks. With tough difficult teams in the Pac-10 that sounds like an impressive season to me. Now the Wildcats are coming into the 2010 season looking to improve on last years’ success and try to finish the season on top as the number one team in the Pac-10.

Returning for the Widcats offense is quarterback Nick Foles, who threw for 19 touchdowns and 2,486 yards. Running backs Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin will lead the rushing attack for the Wildcats. Helping out in the air game is returning receiver Juron Criner, who brought in 9 touchdowns with 582 receiving yards. On the defensive side of the ball the Wildcats had the 43rd ranked defense and will have the help of some talented freshmen defensive backs to help boost their defense. Freshman cornerback Shaquille Richardson and safety Marquis Flowers will have an impact on the Wildcats defense.

In all the Arizona Wildcats football team has the talent to take the Pac-10 championship this upcoming season. With their amazing fans and crowds, the Arizona Wildcats will be a team to watch this season. Wildcats Football Tickets available now. Buy Arizona Wildcats Football Tickets and fill Arizona Stadium every game. Visit this Arizona Wildcats Football Tickets site for details. All we have to do now is wait for the season to start and watch the Wildcats do damage to the Pac-10.

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Lee For Amare

Posted by Decker on June 29th, 2010

It seems as if there is a good chance Amare Stoudemire is going to be leaving the Phoenix Suns this off-season. If Phoenix offers Stoudemire a maximum contract, he will likely stay. But with the collective bargaining agreement expiring, and the fact that he is often injured and lazy, Phoenix may opt to wish Stoudemire luck in his future endeavors. But with Steve Nash still on the roster, Phoenix is not rebuilding. And thus, they could make a play for free agent David Lee. Lee has put up great numbers in recent years for the Knicks, but will likely get booted in favor of superstars that the Knicks are going after. Lee is no Stoudemire in terms of talent, but his passion and durability surpasses Amare’s. D-Lee could be a good fit for the Suns.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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D-Train Entering

Posted by Decker on June 2nd, 2010

In 2004, Diamondbacks fans would have been delighted to see their team land Dontrelle Willis. But in 2010, Arizona fans may not be too thrilled. In 2003, Willis posted a 3.31 ERA in his rookie year. That same year, he was selected to the National League All-Star roster, and he won Rookie of the Year honors. Two years later, Willis won 22 games, and posted a 2.63 ERA. Since then, it has all gone downhill. After being traded to the Tigers, Dontrelle had a mind boggling 9.38 ERA in 2008, and a 7.49 ERA last year.

After having a 4.99 ERA thus far in 2010, Detroit decided it was time to move on. And thus, Dontrelle Willis is now an Arizona Diamondback. It is rare to see a pitcher go through such a downward spiral when injuries were not the main cause. However, Willis is not a lost cause, as he has shown signs of greatness in the past. Whether or not he can go remotely back to his old self remains to be seen. The D-Train is now entering the station.

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Chances Blown

Posted by Decker on June 1st, 2010

Losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals was the worst nightmare for Phoenix Suns fans. It added another playoff series lost to the last ten years or so. And more importantly, this could have been their last chance.

Many looked disappointed that the Suns fell short yet again. But, Amare Stoudemire looked more relieved than disappointed. Like many others in the upcoming free agent class, Stoudemire is looking forward to cashing in and making millions of dollars, while choosing a destination. If he leaves, there goes any glimpse of hope of Steve Nash winning a title for the Suns.

Without Amare, it would not leave the Suns with too much. Aside from Nash, they would still have many solid, nice, complimentary players. But they could kiss any hope of coming close to the NBA Finals goodbye.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Father’s Day Is Coming

Posted by Decker on May 26th, 2010

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Familiar Territory

Posted by Decker on May 19th, 2010

With game two coming up in the NBA Western Conference Finals, the Phoenix Suns are facing the possibility of going down 2-0 in the series. If they go down 2-0, they can be counted out. And unfortunately for the Suns, this may be their last year to compete for a championship with this core. While players such as Shaquille O’Neal and Shawn Marion have come and gone, Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire have been in Phoenix during this run that has lasted almost a decade. However, time is running out. Nash is still excellent, but can only play for so long. And with the 2010 off-season coming up, who knows what is in store for Amare Stoudemire.

Most of America is rooting for the Suns. Steve Nash is a very likeable player, and if you don’t want Grant Hill to win a championship, then you have no soul. But unfortunately, standing between the Suns and a date in the NBA Finals are the defending champions. And if Kobe and company have their way, it looks like the Suns will add another playoff exit to their never-ending list.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Williams Goes To Cardinals

Posted by GameSetMatch on April 23rd, 2010

The Arizona Cardinals chose defensive tackle Dan Williams of Tennessee with the No. 26 overall pick in the NFL
draft.


The team needed defensive help at several positions, and nose tackle was certainly one of them. Last year’s starter, Bryan Robinson, was not re-signed and Alan Branch was shifted to defensive end. That left Gabe Watson the only nose tackle on the roster.
The 6-foot-3, 327-pound Williams started all 13 games for the Volunteers last season with 70 tackles, 36 solos.
Williams could start alongside Pro Bowler Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell on the Cardinals’ defensive line.

Click here to read the full article – By Dave Staley of http://www.newschannel9.com



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