[D’backs.com] Pitching coach Butcher, D-backs part ways - Why go anywhere else for breaking D’backs news when I can just tweet you screenshots of Facebook posts from the families of players and coaches? Early Sunday evening I had a heads up text with the screenshot of the Facebook post by Tami Butcher that made it fairly obvious he’d no longer be with the team. Don’t ask me for the scoop on who will be taking his place though because I don’t have the slightest clue.
[Arizona Sports] By the numbers: A look back at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 2019 season - Something I’d like to draw attention to was the marked improvement for the team on offense as a whole. Remember last season when the offense would go through prolonged slumps of doing... well... nothing at the plate? That didn’t happen nearly as much this season. The D’backs scored 120 more runs this season at 813. That’s also one more than they did in 2017 with J.D. Martinez on the roster for half a season and also Paul Goldschmidt. Not too shabby. OPS also improved from .707 to .757 tying them for 13th best in the league with the Tampa Bay Rays. Most impressive to me is that they improved in base stealing both in terms of volume and success rate. Will someone get Dave McKay a lifetime contract?
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[FanGraphs] Verlander’s Twin Milestones Cap a Year of Record Strikeouts - Justin Verlander becomes the latest member of the 3,000 strikeout club this season joining CC Sabathia who did so earlier this season against the Arizona Diamondbacks. How significant is that milestone now that strikeouts are on the rise? How dominant would Randy Johnson be if he was playing in his prime today?
[CBS Sports] MLB manager tracker, rumors, carousel: Angels, Cubs, Pirates jobs open with Brad Ausmus, Joe Maddon, Clint Hurdle out - All of you armchair managers better polish up your resumes. Plenty of openings to be had as Brad Ausmus is the latest to get the axe.
[Sports Illustrated] MLB Postseason Predictions: Who’s Going to Win the World Series? - I suppose I should make my picks known:
Rays over A’s
Astros in 4
Yankees in 5
Dodgers in 5
Cardinals in 4
Astros in 5
Dodgers in 6
Astros in 6