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Arizona Diamondbacks blown calls of the week, May 17-23

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As last week, the day game today will be in next week’s report. Still got six games to look at!

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Arizona Diamondbacks Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Summary

  • 44 bad calls in total, averaging 7.3 per game.
  • The split was close to even, with 23 calls helping the Diamondbacks, and 21 hurting them. However, the pattern we should getting used to showed up again: umpires at Chase Field are a lot more Arizona-friendly than on the road. Without exception, the home games all tilted towards the D-backs, the road ones away from them. The home tally across the three games was 15-4, the road one 8-17.
  • The totals for the year
    Overall: 171-206 (45.4% favor the D-backs)
    Home: 111-108 (50.7%)
    Road: 60-98 (38.0%)
  • The home split breaks above .500 for the first time this season, I think, but the road-split drops. With road games dominating the schedule for the next two weeks of coverage, I’m expecting a lot more “Call hurts #Dbacks” for a bit.
  • Best-called game: May 17, 5-4 vs NYM, last Wednesday’s day game against the Mets where Nic Lentz made only four calls flagged by @DbacksUmp. That they all favored Arizona in no way impacted his selection in this category. :)
  • Worst-called game: May 22, 1-5 @ SDP. What’s particularly impressive is Ramon De Jesus managing to reach double-digits, despite this being the game where Clayton Richard required only 96 pitches for his complete game, while Zack Godley and T.J. McFarland combined for 117. The resulting 4.7% of pitches must be among the highest percentages of the year to date.
  • Worst confirmed call of the week: This came in the first inning of Friday’s game in San Diego. I’m not certain which Gregor Blanco at-bat this was, since he came to the plate twice, and both times started ball/strike. Based on the time-stamp it was likely the first, and I do recall some very questionable calls from Dan Iassogna. I’d likely have been significantly more irate, if we hadn’t been 8-0 up by the middle of the first!

The individual games

May 17, 5-4 vs NYM (Nic Lentz)
  • 4 bad calls (1.16% of pitches)
  • 4 help, 0 hurt
  • 3 outrageously bad calls
  • Bad call score: 360
  • Worst call
May 19, 10-1 @ SDP (Dan Iassogna)
  • 9 bad calls (2.58% of pitches)
  • 4 help, 5 hurt
  • 4 outrageously bad calls
  • Bad call score: 796
  • Worst call
May 20, 9-1 @ SDP (Tripp Gibson)
  • 6 bad calls (1.90% of pitches)
  • 2 help, 4 hurt
  • 1 outrageously bad call
  • Bad call score: 478
  • Worst call
May 22, 1-5 @ SDP (Ramon De Jesus)
  • 10 bad calls (4.69% of pitches)
  • 2 help, 8 hurt
  • 3 outrageously bad call
  • Bad call score: 838
  • Worst call
May 23, 5-1 vs. CWS (John Tumpane)
  • 8 bad calls (3.39% of pitches)
  • 7 help, 1 hurt
  • 3 outrageously bad calls
  • Bad call score: 662
  • Worst call
May 24, 5-4 vs. CWS (Ted Barrett)
  • 7 bad calls (2.78% of pitches)
  • 4 help, 3 hurt
  • 2 outrageously bad calls
  • Bad call score: 588
  • Worst call