The Diamondback starters’ performances were very much improved this season through 15 September compared to last season.
Based on results in August and September, my choice is a platoon of Emmanuel Rivera and Sergio Alcantara
The impact of closing by committee was likely positive.
Four insights are revealed.
Five catchers played this season; more will be ready soon.
Young position players were best in the Majors in baserunning. They trended towards excellence in defense and scoring runs.
The trade improved both teams. Emmanuel Rivera has significant potential to improve.
Let’s compare before and after a new interim manager.
Let’s look at five things.
I asked a question. A year later, again I ask the same question.
Like David Peralta, young D-backs’ swings will likely improve for several years.
His first start was amazing. His second start might have been amazing.
Six batters have superior swings: Christian Walker, Alek Thomas, Ketel Marte, Jake McCarthy, Josh Rojas, and David Peralta.
When Cooper Hummel and Daulton Varsho led off the game, they contributed significant added run expectancy.
Adjustments will lead to renewed success.
One insight: Players who pitched in 2012 and were still pitching this season had more strikeouts per pitch than pitchers who threw the most pitches in the decade.
In the context of the Diamondback hitting philosophy, with this plan batters are expected to have success against Hunter Greene and Vladimir Gutierrez.
Exciting highs of success and terrible-abysmal ordeals took turns defining Evan Marshall’s career. Next season, he will write the final chapter of his baseball career.
There were 14 core players; 5 participated in this season.
His three powerful improvements will continue to improve his batting statistics.
His defense is on pace to be nominated for a Gold Glove. His offensive is comparable to last season’s All-Stars.
Diamondbacks’ reliever who will likely be called up.
Will he establish himself in the Majors?
Last season with the Royals he hit 63.4% ground balls, and with the Orioles he hit 56.5% ground balls.
Who should play third base?
This season, chances are good that Sergio Alcantara will receive playing time at shortstop for the Diamondbacks.
His pitching performance will likely be impressive.
The acquisition of Dan Straily was an insightful outlier.
Will this season be the beginning of the next chapter? Time will tell.
A small increase in hits-per-game is realistic and it will make a big impact on team success.
Who would be a better Diamondback acquisition?
How successful was Travis Snider?
Better pitching could help the Diamondbacks make the playoffs.