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2011 Season in Review: Arizona Diamondbacks

Posted by beaston26 on 1st November 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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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Stephen Drew hits inside-the-park home run

Posted by GameSetMatch on 6th April 2010

Dan Haren was so winded running the bases in front of Stephen Drew during the shortstop’s inside-the-park home run Monday on Opening Day that the Diamondbacks pitcher said it took him nearly two full innings to recover.

Drew’s fourth-inning shot off Jon Garland, the sixth by a Diamondbacks player, took a lot of people’s breath away.

“Probably the most exciting play in baseball,” manager A.J. Hinch said.

“Man,” right fielder Justin Upton said, “that was fun to watch.”

Drew has hit for the cycle, turned a triple play and now hit an inside-the-park homer. Where does the latter rank in his career?

“It’s up there,” Drew said. “I was telling (first baseman Adam) LaRoche, ‘I’ve seen it on TV, but I’ve never been a part of it on the field.’ To actually do it, it was exciting.

“With the roof open, the wind was kind of swirling all around and the ball just kept carrying and going left. . . . It hit (off the wall) and I got a good bounce. It was unexpected. You don’t think about it. You’re just running hard and you see the ball do that and nobody’s near the ball, you get a chance to score so, it’s pretty neat.”

Click here to read the full article – By Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic



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D-Backs end season with win

Posted by GameSetMatch on 5th October 2009

Doug Davis said he thought about the possibility all week leading up to his start on Sunday afternoon, and if it in fact turns out to be his last game with the Diamondbacks, it was a good one for the veteran left-hander.

The Diamondbacks finished with a 70-92 record that amounted to a surprising fall into last place in the National League West just two years after coming a series victory short of playing in the World Series.

It is the third last-place finish in the franchise’s 12-year history and their third-worst record, behind 2004 (51-111) and the inaugural season in 1998 (65-97).

Davis, who completed a three-year, $22 million deal, said he was satisfied with the way he ended his season as he prepares to enter the free-agent market.


Click here to read the full article – By Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic



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Snyder feels better after back surgery

Posted by GameSetMatch on 30th September 2009

Chris Snyder noticed the difference almost immediately.


The D-backs’ catcher underwent microdiscectomy surgery on his back on Wednesday, and not long after the anesthesia wore off he knew his back was better.

“It’s completely different now,” he said by phone Monday. “I feel much better. Obviously, it’s still sore from where they did the incision, but as far as what I felt before, that’s gone. There’s no more shooting pain down my leg.”

Snyder’s back has bothered him almost all season, and it finally landed him on the disabled list June 23. If he had to do it all over again, Snyder would have had the surgery at that time and possibly missed the rest of the season.


Click here to read the full article – By Steve Gilbert of MLB.com



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D-backs looking to finish season strong

Posted by GameSetMatch on 22nd September 2009

The last few weeks of a baseball season pose many challenges physically and mentally. They are even greater for a team like the D-backs that will not be going to the playoffs.



“I think everybody at this point in the season is worn down, but the adrenaline that kicks in when you’re in a pennant race can take over,” D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. “When you’re not in the pennant race and you’re physically worn down or mentally down you have to dig down very deep to get yourself out of that rut.”

That’s the challenge the D-backs face right now, with several young players still trying to get established in the Majors.

“It’s all part of growing and maturing into a productive big leaguer for 162 games,” Hinch said.


Click here to read the full article – By Steve Gilbert of MLB.com



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Reynolds rings Bell in ninth for Haren

Posted by GameSetMatch on 16th September 2009

Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao may have thrown out the ceremonial first pitch on Tuesday night, but it was Mark Reynolds who provided the knockout punch at PETCO Park.


Reynolds slammed his 42nd home run, a two-run shot off Heath Bell in the top of the ninth inning, to snap a 2-2 tie and give the D-backs and pitcher Dan Haren a 4-2 victory over the Padres.

Eric Byrnes accounted for the first two D-backs’ runs. He hit his sixth home run off Padres starter Wade LaBlanc in the third inning to give Arizona a 1-0 lead and then doubled home Brandon Allen in the seventh, tying the game at 2.


Click here to read the full article – By Sandy Burgin of MLB.com



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Ryal lifts D-backs past Dodgers in 10th

Posted by adam20 on 1st September 2009

The D-backs keep losing players, but winning games.

On Monday, they dealt right-handed pitcher Jon Garland to the Dodgers, yet also managed to beat them, 5-3, in front of 45,211 at Dodger Stadium.



The win was the fifth in a row for the D-backs, who learned earlier in the day that they would be without the services of closer Chad Qualls for the rest of the season as he undergoes surgery on his left knee.

“The group is coming together, we’re having fun, we’ve won a few games in a row now,” D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’re playing contenders and keeping our spirits up, our competitiveness up. I’m proud of this group.”


Click here to read the full article – By Steve Gilbert of MLB.com



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Roberts settling in with increased time

Posted by GameSetMatch on 6th August 2009

The trade of second baseman Felipe Lopez left the D-backs with a hole.

It also gave Ryan Roberts an opportunity.

Roberts has gotten the bulk of the playing time since the trade, and the more he plays at second base, the more comfortable he gets. It’s the same at the plate, where the more consistent at-bats he gets, the better his numbers.

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Petit flirts with no-no, allows one hit to Bucs

Posted by GameSetMatch on 5th August 2009

Arizona right-hander Yusmeiro Petit knew he was pitching well, but until he was halfway to history he didn’t realize just how good.

Petit eventually lost his bid for the no-hitter when Ronny Cedeno lined a single to left with no outs in the eighth, but wound up winning his second straight start as the D-backs one-hit the Pirates for a 6-0 victory Tuesday night in front of 11,294 at PNC Park.

The season has been anything but smooth for Petit, who after allowing six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Pirates 10 days ago seemed to be on the verge of losing his spot in the rotation

Click here to read the full article – By Steve Gilbert of MLB.com


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Webb relieved by results of surgery

Posted by GameSetMatch on 4th August 2009

Brandon Webb got the news he was hoping for Monday. The D-backs’ right-hander underwent successful minor surgery on his right shoulder in Arlington, Texas, which revealed that he did not have any tears in his labrum.

Instead, Dr. Keith Meister performed what is known as a debridement, which is the surgical removal of lacerated, devitalized or contaminated tissue. Webb said that some shaving was done to the labrum area where it was frayed. The so-called gravel has kept Webb from pitching since Opening Day this year, but he said he was told that he should be ready to go for Spring Training next season.

Click here to read the full article – By Steve Gilbert of MLB.com


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