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Pitching Ourselves out of Contention

Looking at this team and the moves that they made in the off season, it seemed to me that in order for them to win series, they would need to have strong starting pitching and the bullpen would have to be able to close out games. This formula is true for any team, yet it seemed especially true for the new 2013 DBacks. Given that the DBacks dont have that one formidable bat in the lineup that requires opposing pitchers to pitch around, it figured that their run production would come from playing "small ball" , therefore not averaging many runs per game and if they won they would win games by a close margin. This is where the pitching comes into play, especially the bullpen. If the DBacks are only going to be able to average one or two run leads at the most when winning, then the bullpen cant keep collapsing and has to perform as expected. As for starters, Corbin is the #5 and had clearly out pitched the Ace of the staff Kennedy, who is off to another bad start to the season. The bullpen has to pick it up now as we cant affort to give away more games, maybe Putz shouldn't close games right now?? Whats the alternative? Hernandez ... Bell ....Reynolds...? As far as Kennedy, 6 starts and no wins is a recipe for putting your team out of playoff contention by June. I like the lineup when all are healthy, there are quality hitters despite the lack of a power hitter that can produce runs , Goldschmidt seems to be creeping close to that role of big bat and Eaton looked real good this Spring as a leadoff man. The pitching has to get us through the injuries and establish some consistency at the top of the rotation and at the end of games, otherwise we can start to look forward to a long summer.

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