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Ender Inciarte and the Platoon-Busting Approach

Here’s a little thing that steamrolled into a big thing, for just a moment, and then disappeared. I talked to Ender Inciarte many weeks ago, and it set me off on a path that took forever to complete. Here’s what Inciarte said: Against lefties, I try to let the ball get deeper and try to […]
Via Fangraphs
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks: Top 5 non All-Stars

Yesterday the 2015 All-Star game starters were announced. There were no surprises here for the Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt, after leading the previous update by around three million votes, had secured the starting position at first base, and as it stands he’s the only All-Star from the D’Backs. Hopefully that will change when the pitchers and reserves are announced...
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Buyer Beware on Returning SP

Patrick Corbin and Ervin Santana both made their debuts this weekend. Corbin made his debut on Saturday, and it certainly could have gone worse. He threw 76 pitches on the day, 56 of which were for strikes. Given that control and command often elude pitchers returning from Tommy John, it was notable that Corbin didn’t walk a batter. Still, there was obvious rust, which should...
Via Baseball Professor
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Goldschmidt selected All-Star starter

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt is headed to his third straight All-Star Game. It often might seem as though the Diamondbacks first baseman crushes opposing pitching in relative anonymity in Arizona, but Goldschmidt garnered more than 9.1 million votes to run away with the selection at his position. Goldschmidt becomes the first D-backs player to start an All-Star Game twice. "We saw...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Umpire Culbreth forced out by foul ball by Arizona's Owings

PHOENIX (AP) Home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth had to leave a game between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday after being hit by a foul ball. Culbreth appeared to get hit on the left side of the chest in the second inning on a foul by Arizona's Chris Owings. Culbreth threw a new ball back to Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, but lingered next to the batter...
Via AP on Fox
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies make a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks looking to the future

View image | The Phillies made a shrewd trade today with the Arizona Diamondbacks that will go pretty far towards the future. The Phillies have long-been rumored ready to sign Dominican outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz, but he has not been signed since the international signing period began. It's for a...
Via Philliedelphia
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

How Arizona Diamondbacks Cliff Pennington Turned a Bunt into a Triple

Not too long ago the New York Yankees helped Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa get an inside-the--park home run (officially ruled a double) by misplaying a routine pop fly in the outfield. As it turns out, the Yankees are not the only generous ones. Saturday Arizona D-Backs short stop Cliff Pennington got a little help turning a routine bunt in to a two-RBI triple.It looks like...
Via FatManWriting
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Root Sports’ Jenny Cavnar to join Rockies radio booth tonight

Normally a Colorado Rockies-Arizona Diamondbacks game doesn’t get coverage here, but we have a major broadcast milestone tonight. Root Sports Rocky Mountain’s Jenny Cavnar will join the Rockies radio booth to call the game. You can count the number of women who call MLB games either on local radio or television on one hand and that count begins and ends at one with Suzyn Waldman...
Via Awful Announcing
3 days ago  |  Discuss

John McCain Has A Rough Time With Foul Ball At Diamondbacks Game (Video)

John McCain has accomplished a lot in his lifetime. But apparently there’s one thing he can’t do. The U.S. Senator was in attendance Tuesday for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. In the seventh inning, Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins fouled off a pop-up that bounced high off the visitors’ dugout — and right toward McCain’s...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs' Hernandez still has hurdles after Tommy John surgery

PHOENIX -- The mental battle Diamondbacks reliever Daniel Hudson faced before settling into his relieving role felt very real for Arizona reliever David Hernandez on Tuesday night. Arizona went into the 10th inning tied 3-3, and it was on Hernandez -- in his eighth game back in the majors since Tommy John surgery -- to stifle the heart of the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup. Instead...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona brings up Stites, sends Webster to Reno

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled right-hander Matt Stites from Triple-A Reno and optioned right-hander Allen Webster to the Aces. The 25-year-old Stites went 0-1 with 3 saves and a 3.00 ERA in nine appearances with the Aces after starting the season on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation. He was reinstated from the disabled list on June 1 and optioned...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Ahmed Delivers for Arizona Diamondbacks in Move to Leadoff Spot

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Welington Castillo, right, gets a high-five from Nick Ahmed (13) after Castillo scored a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 29, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) In the absence of outfielder Ender Inciarte at the top of the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup, manager Chip Hale called an audible...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks recall Matt Stites, option Allen Webster to Reno

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks have recalled reliever Matt Stites from Triple-A Reno and optioned starting pitcher Allen Webster back to Reno. Stites was 0-1 with three saves and a 3.00 ERA in nine innings at Reno. He opened the season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He appeared in 37 games for the Diamondbacks last year and posted a 5.73 ERA. Webster made four starts...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks are contenders, but team's direction is unclear

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a tough read this season. Entering the season, things were looking a bit more positive for the club. The team cemented its management structure, bringing in Chip Hale at manager and Dave Stewart at general manager. The D-Backs also scored in free agency, bringing in the most coveted international free agent Yasmany Tomas with a mammoth six...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Bats Come Alive for Arizona Diamondbacks in Win Over Dodgers

Arizona Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock, right, and Cliff Pennington (4) celebrate after they both score on a triple by teammate David Peralta during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) In a thrilling game on the diamond in the scorching hot desert on Monday night, the D-backs mounted...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt playing way over his salary

Paul Goldschmidt is quickly being given his due for being perhaps the best player in baseball. In the latest All-Star voting update released Monday, Goldschmidt was well ahead of fellow first baseman Adrian Gonzalez -- more than doubling his vote total -- and now ranks third overall in the NL in votes behind Bryce Harper and Buster Posey.The Arizona Republic points out that Goldschmidt...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks, please learn to use Brad Ziegler

Yet again, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale refused to use Brad Ziegler in a jam and lost the game for it. Before he took over the closer role, Ziegler was the reliever who would come in with runners on and bail out the previous pitcher. Whether listed as a closer or as a middle reliever, Ziegler is the D’Backs best option in jams and needs to be used to escape them. During...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals tease fans with glimpse of Jayson Werth Chia Pet (photos)

The first 20,000 fans through the gate at Nationals Park for the Washington Nationals’ showdown with the Arizona Diamondbacks will be the lucky recipients of arguably one of the goofiest, off-the-wall but downright awesome giveaways in recent memory: A Jayson Werth Chia Pet. That’s right, in honor of the outfielder’s impressive facial hair, the team...Read More The post Nationals...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Salary Obligations and the Plan in Arizona

Since Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart took over baseball operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, their moves have come under considerable scrutiny. Questions have been raised about the Diamondbacks plan, but not with as much regard to its execution. The questions surrounding the Diamondbacks’ moves have been confusing enough that some wondered if the Diamondbacks had […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks and the great DL swap

I have always admired Dave Stewart as a pitcher. He was a tough competitor. And I’m glad to see him still active in baseball – now GM with the Arizona Diamondbacks. But I’d like somebody to explain to me the upside of his recent trade of right-handed starter Bronson Arroyo to the Atlanta Braves. My Outside Pitch colleague Gerard Farek has already weighed in on this deal. I’m...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Don't kill the D'Backs for the Touki Toussaint deal...yet

On late Saturday night, the Diamondbacks and Braves made a trade, but while players were sent in both directions, this was really more of just a sale. Sure, the Braves did give up a player — replacement-level utility guy Phil Gosselin, currently on the DL — in the swap, but they traded Gosselin for a […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

D-Backs essentially sell top pitching prospect to Braves

Over the past six or so months, the Atlanta Braves have been serving as a dumping ground for other teams’ bad contracts. They’ve taken on Trevor Cahill, Cameron Maybin (which has actually worked out quite well for them), Carlos Quentin, and Juan Uribe (among others), all owed large amounts of money, in deals while also picking up better prospects. On Saturday night, that strategy...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Arizona Diamondbacks’ Josh Collmenter Really Bullpen Material?

PHOENIX, AZ – JUNE 18: Relief pitcher Josh Collmenter #55 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Josh Collmenter is arguably one of the best starting pitchers for the Arizona Diamondbacks, or he was before the team...
Via The Sports Journal
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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