Zack Greinke was not exasctly sharp, walking four batters in six innings, but he also struck out seven and only allowd two runs to score. The performance was good enough , with Paul Goldschmidt going deep twice in the game, the first a solo shot in the first and the second a two-run shot that scored Chris Owings in the sixth.
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Former Diamondbacks catcher, Chad Moeller, who contributed to the 2001 team that eventually won the World Series now owns Team Dinger in Scottsdale, a string of seven club teams with varying ages of players focused on baseball fundamentals and analyzing player development.
Kyle Hendricks is considered a front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award. By ERA, Robbie Ray is one of the worst pitchers in all of baseball. Yet Robbie Ray has a far better DRA and K/9. Meanwhile, Kendrick plays in front of the best defense by far in all of baseball, while Ray pitches in front of the elast efficient defense in the game. While defense alone does not explain the gap, it sure goes a long way.
There has been plenty of speculation about the future of the front office. Now it seems that TOny La Russa might be shaedding some light on where things are headed. Speaking to Doug and Wolf of 98.7 FM, La Russa commented that, as a matter of personal integrity, it would be hard for him to return to the Diamondbacks should they choose to let Dave Stewart go as GM. Thus it would seem the organization will either be bringing back both of them, or neither of them.
The Diamondbacks will need to make those decisions about Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart sooner rather than later, as the team needs time to put its new plan in place and also to come to some sort of concensus of what to do with a top 3-5 pick in the upcoming draft, where they will be expected to choose a player that would have ranked as a #1 pick in each of the last two drafts.
The ugly saga of the ownership and repair of Chase Field continues to hang in limbo as the county has not had substantive talks with the potential buyers for some time now while the valuation of the property remains subject to debate.
New York Yankees’ rookie catcher, Gary Sanchez is doing just fine making the initial adjustment to the big leagues, setting a new record for the fastest to ever reach the 19 home run mark by swatting two home runs in only his 45th game.
THink what you will of the trade that sent Ender Inciarte to the Atlanta Braves, Diamondbacks fans on either side of the argument miss these sorts of plays by Inciarte, who robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a home run and the Wild Card seeking Mets of a much-needed win.
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Just how bad are the Minesota Twins? This examination of Miguel Cabrera shows what happens when a team starts phoning in games and not paying attention to the little things.
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