What did Gracie and Sutton just say? We're in first place, that can't be true. Well folks as of May 31, 2011 the Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place of the NL West. The losing ways of the Diamondbacks are now a thing of the past. They have buried 2010 and changed their ways. I remember last year saying "Oh they still have time to lose" and now this year "Oh they'll come back its only the 6th inning." The Diamondbacks have changed their ways. The most noticeable change is the bullpen which last year had a horrific 5.74 ERA which this year is now 3.27. The major addition to the bullpen has been J.J. Putz our 16 save closer (and the first real one we've had since Jose Valverde). We have also added key players to the bullpen that has changed its ways. Last year the Diamondbacks had about 3 decent, not good, decent starters, and this year we have a great 1-2 punch followed by a good 3,4, and 5 pitchers. Our batting has also improved. We have lost the strikeout kings of Mark Reynolds and Adam Dunn. We are still striking out just not nearly as much as last year. Our timely clutch playing of late has been remarkable to watch. Just last night against the Florida Marlins we were down 2-0 going into the bottom of the third and ended the third leading 4-2 and we won the game 15-4, which is something the Diamondbacks of 2010 would never have been able to accomplish. The fans of Arizona owe all of this awesomeness to two men, Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson. Towers has taken a historically bad team of last year and made a historical turnaround with them. Gibby has instilled in them the want, the desire, the passion for winning. They have taken a team that very few people out of Arizona could name 3 players on it and put them in 1st place above the reigning World Series Champion San Fransisco Giants. Who knows how this season will turn out, but for the fans of Arizona we should be proud in our 1st place Arizona Diamondbacks.
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