"Jackson led the National League with 10 RBI and 10 runs scored and he tied for the N.L. lead with 27 total bases and two triples. The 25-year-old Jackson hit .480 (12-25), including three home runs and two doubles. He recorded a 1.080 slugging percentage and a .519 on-base percentage... Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award Conor Jackson with a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishments."
Just from cruising the sports sites, it would seem that the Dbacks may have locked down the pennant for Power Rankings through April so far. Case in point: #1 in SI Power Rankings They have Brandon Webb, who does nothing but win with his Sinker from Hell, and could-be ace Dan Haren, and Micah Owings has had three straight good starts, and now Randy Johnson is back and looking pretty good. And, oh yeah, they have the best-scoring team in the game, and the reigning NL Manager of the Year and those cool snakeheads on their unis. The D'backs will cool off. But the heads will always be hot. #1 in ESPN Power Rankings Dan Haren hasn't disappointed his new team so far: He's 2-0 with a 2.54 ERA, 16 K's and three walks in 18 innings. (Obviously that was written prior to last night's game) #1 in CBS Sportsline Power Rankings If this team had a trustworthy bullpen, we would like their chances to take this top billing through a full season. And #2 in Fox Sports Power Rankings Mark Reynolds cooled a little after becoming the story of baseball early in Week 2. Lost in the shuffle has been Justin Upton's power surge. Once those two slow, expect another part of the all-upside offense to pick up the slack. With Brandon Webb and Dan Haren rolling right along, anything good out of Randy Johnson will just be gravy. (We all know that Fox Sports rides the short bus of sports journalism websites)
According to Marty Brennaman, anyway: "See, this is the kind of thing, quite honestly right now, that makes you want to see the Chicago Cubs team lose. Among all baseball fans, and I can’t attest to the Yankees or the Red Sox, because we don’t see them with any degree of regularity unless it’s interleague play, but far and away the most obnoxious fans in baseball in this league are those that follow this team right here."
Tony has come along way since the days of Adrian Rosario. Tony just signed on to be a spokesman for QWEST. Only in America, can a guy go from being busted for a phony name to telecommunications spokesman in a matter of years. Congrats Tony! Does anyone know how good his english is?
The Denver Post has a quick article as to why the Dbacks are going to win the west. So not it is not only the national media but the local media in Colorado.....how great is this?
"Arizona Diamondbacks fans can watch Randy Johnson's season debut free of charge and without local blackout restrictions in the Phoenix market at dbacks.com on Monday when the D-backs take on the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, beginning at 7:15 p.m. MST. Fans who are registered users at dbacks.com can sign in with their established login information to watch the live video stream, while new registered users can gain instant access to the game after creating an account by entering a valid e-mail address and their birth date." This is good news. The game was originally not able to be televised - Fox Sports AZ having a previous commitment to a basketball game [memo to D-backs: this is why having an "exclusive home" is not necessarily the best choice], but this will at least provide a possibility for some fans. It'll also basically be a free trial of mlb.tv; I'm curious to see how it works on my PC, which has a good Internet connection but is perhaps lacking in memory a bit.
John Donovan, a sportswriter whose work I read religiously, released his inaugural Power Rankings for Sports Illustrated yesterday and updated them (since we smacked more home runs) last night after the game. Here's his reasoning for putting the Diamondbacks first: "The best record in baseball, a seven-game winning streak, a spankdown of their division ... hey, it's been a good start for these desert darlings. The D'backs' problem last year, if you'll remember, was scoring. Not so far in '08; they lead the league with six runs a game. Third baseman Mark Reynolds has five homers already. Newly re-upped center fielder Chris Young has four. Yeah, these guys are for real." Notice that baseball journalists are finally starting to rank the Dbacks without using the word "fluke". Thoughts?
"Here's a question I think can be asked with a surprising degree of legitimacy: Will the Arizona Diamondbacks be the best team in baseball this season? It's not Arizona's undeniably hot start that leads me to wonder this--sample size and all that; rather, their talent, age, balanced strengths, and management, and the lack of a truly great team in 2008, all conspire to make the Diamondbacks perhaps the power team in the game right now." Unfortunately, the rest of the article is restricted to BP subscribers only, but he likes Dan Haren a lot and says of J-Up, "I think Upton's going to come perilously close to--and perhaps exceed--his 90th-percentile batting line of .300/.384/.545." That'd be nice. Overall, he has us pegged for 95 wins, and I'd take that in a heartbeat.
And the D-backs start getting some national love for their major league leading ERA, Run Totals and Run Differential. Not a bad way to start the season I would guess. Even though it's pretty cool, let's wait a while before we "puff our chests".
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