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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race?

The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.

Is there a favorite, though, in that stew of squads? To find out, let’s dive into each of the eight teams still vying for the two wild-card spots and decide which pair are the better bets to play on into October. The playoff odds below originate from FanGraphs’ projection.

Son, at the rate it’s going, there will be no winners of the NL Wild Card race- only survivors.

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, giants, mets, nationals, phillies, reds

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Benches clear after Diamondbacks beat Dodgers in 11 innings following controversial call

The story of Friday night’s Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers game is not that it ended in a 3-2 victory for Arizona. It’s that the benches clear after all was said and done, and the D-backs had secured the win.

It all started with a controversial call in the 11th inning with the Dodgers up at bat and trailing 3-2. A.J. Pollock thought he was hit on the wrist by a pitch from Archie Bradley, but the ball—which looked like it may have hit the bottom of the bat—flew up in the air and the catcher gloved it for an out. The Dodgers challenged the call, but it was not overturned.

With no previous outs and a runner on first, a walk would have put Los Angeles in a very different position, but the call stood, and the Dodgers had an out on the board.

If I tried to start a fist-fight every time I was frustrated, I’d be in jail within weeks….

 

QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 04:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: benches clearing, diamondbacks, dodgers

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Diamondbacks DFA reliever Holland

PHOENIX (AP) — Relief pitcher Greg Holland, a three-time All-Star who led the National League in saves in 2017 with 41, was designated for assignment Wednesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Holland, in his ninth season and first with the Diamondbacks, is 1-2 with a 4.54 earned run average in 40 games. He has 17 saves in 22 chances, but saw his ERA climb from 2.33 at the end of June to its current number.

For those who want a reminder as to how fungible most relievers are….

 

QLE Posted: August 08, 2019 at 04:53 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: designated for assignment, diamondbacks, greg holland

Friday, August 02, 2019

Henderson quietly tried to lure Arizona Diamondbacks to Southern Nevada

Henderson has its eye on the big leagues.

Last year, Henderson officials quietly began a push to lure the Arizona Diamondbacks from the team’s Phoenix home to their city, records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show. Although discussions have stalled, the move signals Henderson’s desire to grow as a professional sports-caliber city.

“While a proposal for an Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark has not moved forward, the city of Henderson would welcome conversations with other major league franchises that may be considering a move to a different market,” the city said in a statement this week.

In a subsequent email, the city clarified it would be open to talking with any professional sports team looking to relocate.

For those of you wondering how the stadium shakedown racket somehow still lasts after a chorus of commentators (across the economic spectrum) have noted that it is a terrible idea….

 

QLE Posted: August 02, 2019 at 01:09 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, diamondbacks, las vegas

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Astros land Greinke from DBack at deadline

HOU: Zack Grienke, $24MM
ARI: Seth Beer, J.B. Bukauskas, Corbin Martin, Josh Rojas

That’s a haul.  Beer could be a star, Martin looks like a decent mid-rotation guy, Bukauskas is K’ing more than 10/9 (albeit in AA), Rojas is a flier who is killing it this year.  This is how you restock a farm system.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wild-Card Contenders Are Content to Be Sellers, and That’s a Problem

A consideration of one of the most unfortunate developments in baseball over the last decade, in its less-dramatic form.

QLE Posted: July 24, 2019 at 04:53 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tanking, wild card hunt

Friday, June 14, 2019

‘I gave them blood’: Adam Jones opens up on industry perceptions, blocking trades and learning to embrace change – The Athletic

The headline doesn’t mean what you might think.

In an age of cliched quotes and players who are polished PR-machines, Jones is as authentic as they come. On a European vacation after one of his first years, he collected addresses on Twitter to send fans personal postcards. He hosted random giveaways. When he inked a six-year, $85.5 million extension with the O’s in 2012, he gave more of himself. Literally.

“I cut my finger signing that contract,” Jones said. “I gave them blood.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 11:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, diamondbacks, orioles

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Thursday, June 06, 2019

Diamondbacks Amateur Scouting Director Deric Ladnier discusses the first day of the 2019 Draft

“We were taking the top player on the board and phone calls between each pick, it was the most picks I’ve ever had, 7 picks. We have 8 picks tomorrow, so it’s almost overwhelming when you start thinking about the number of picks you have in Day 1 and going into Day 2 and you have 8 picks…....... “We weren’t taking guys because we thought we could sign them, we were taking guys because we know we can sign them. It’s the first time you look at your signability board and it’s not real big”

Jack Sommers Posted: June 06, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, diamondbacks, draft, scouting

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Breaking down D-backs’ 7 Day 1 Draft picks

Owners of the largest bonus pool and a whopping seven of the first 75 selections, the Arizona Diamondbacks had all sorts of options Monday on Day 1 of the 2019 MLB Draft.

They opened the Draft with three straight high school players with tremendous upside and finished with four college players.

Five of the picks were pitchers, which scouting director Deric Ladnier said helped to balance out some of the position players they’ve selected high in previous Drafts.

While the D-backs may have to go over slot to sign a player or two, it doesn’t seem like they will have to go over by much, which leaves them the flexibility on Day 2 to be creative and spend above slot to get a player or two that may have slipped due to signability concerns.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rule 4 draft

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Marte homers from both sides, Diamondbacks beat Rockies 10-9

DENVER (AP) — Ketel Marte put on a power display from both sides of the plate.

Again.

Marte homered from opposite sides for the third time this season and the Arizona Diamondbacks fended off Colorado’s late rally to beat Rockies 10-9 on Friday night.

“As a switch hitter, the night was a dream come true,” Diamondbacks manager Torrey Lovullo said. “We are watching a player that is pretty special.”

Apparently, this has happened nine times in Diamondbacks history- and Marte has been responsible four of those times.

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, ketel marte, switch hitting

Monday, April 29, 2019

MLB roundup: Zobrist, Cubs outlast D-backs in 15 innings

Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras homered, and Ben Zobrist broke a tie with a two-run double in a three-run 15th inning as the Chicago Cubs outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 6-5 victory on Sunday in Phoenix.

Tyler Chatwood, the Cubs’ seventh pitcher, doubled to the fence in right-center field with one out in the 15th inning off Matt Andriese (3-2) and took third on Albert Almora Jr.’s single to center.

Zobrist, who entered the game in a double-switch in the 11th inning, doubled into the right field corner and took third on the throw to home, which failed to beat Almora. Bryant followed with a sacrifice fly.

David Peralta singled with two outs in the 15th off Kyle Ryan before Christian Walker doubled, and pinch hitter Caleb Joseph hit a two-run single to make it 6-5. Cubs right-hander Allen Webster entered and got Nick Ahmed to fly out to the warning track in left field for his first career save.

Thread’s open- if there’s something you wish to ramble about, go right ahead.

 

QLE Posted: April 29, 2019 at 04:18 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs, diamondbacks, extra innings

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Marte, D-backs pummel Red Sox with 7-run 6th

Ketel Marte hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Adam Jones — Boston’s former American League East nemesis with Baltimore — belted another homer in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 15-8 win Friday over the Red Sox in Phoenix.

Boston is 2-7 in its 11-game West Coast road trip to start the season. Arizona thrilled its fans with five home runs in its home opener after going 3-4 in its first seven games at Los Angeles and San Diego.

Marte’s home run in the fourth inning off Boston starter Rick Porcello (0-2) started a four-run rally, and his first career grand slam, off Brian Johnson, was part of a seven-run outburst in the sixth for the Diamondbacks.

And the hits just keep on coming!

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Diamondbacks’ Adam Jones has Petco Park fan ejected for vulgar language

SAN DIEGO — Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones said a fan in right field at Petco Park was berating him with profane language on Wednesday, and he spoke with ballpark security to have the fan removed from the game.

Jones has had past incidents with fans spewing racial insults – notably at Fenway Park in 2017 – but he said this did not rise to that level.

“These fans in sports, man, they’re starting to get a little more brazen,” Jones said. “I’ve said it many times, and obviously I’ve had altercations with fans. My biggest thing is, keep the banter polite – we suck, I struck out, the team’s not good. Keep it light, keep it smart. There’s kids in the stadium. But the second you start cussing me out like I’m a little kid, that’s a no-no.

We know the real crisis has begun when the fans start making up new lyrics to “Tessie” again.

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:12 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, diamondbacks, ejection, fans, petco park

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Greinke homers twice, fans 10 in Arizona’s 8-5 win vs Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zack Greinke’s incredible night at the plate and on the mound was overshadowed somewhat after Manny Machado was involved in an unusual batter’s interference call.

Greinke hit a career-best two homers and struck out 10 in six innings to rebound from a rocky opening day, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 8-5 Tuesday night in a wild game.

Greinke (1-1) allowed two homers to Hunter Renfroe but was otherwise stellar. He was backed by homers from John Ryan Murphy, Ketel Marte and Christian Walker. Wil Myers also went deep for San Diego.

Machado was called out in the sixth inning after dropping his bat near Murphy while the Diamondbacks catcher tried to catch a popup, a disputed decision that led to Padres manager Andy Green’s ejection.

Designated hitters?

The National League doesn’t have any designated hitters.

The National League doesn’t need any designated hitters.

The National League doesn’t have to show you any stinking designated hitters!

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, homers, zack greinke

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. needs season-ending knee surgery after slipping on home plate

On Tuesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a substantial left knee injury that includes an ACL tear, LCL tear, partial PCL tear, and posterior lateral capsule tear. Souza exited Monday’s exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox at Chase Field after a scary slip while he was crossing home plate.

Souza, 29, missed most of 2018 because of injuries. He hit .220 with five home runs and 29 RBIs in 272 plate appearances (72 games) in last year. He had been pegged to serve as Arizona’s everyday right fielder, but the D-Backs will likely use veteran Adam Jones to fill the spot.

Jones signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Diamondbacks earlier this month. That leaves Ketel Marte in for the everyday role in center field and David Peralta in left. Jarrod Dyson projects to come off the bench as the Diamondbacks’ fourth outfielder.

Expecting people to start to argue that players need not run the bases in 3, 2, 1….

 

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 01:43 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, knee, steven souza, surgery

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Now with D-backs, Adam Jones eager for fresh start

“It was very humbling,” Jones said of the support. “I’ve played a lot of major league baseball games and against a lot of guys and the lasting relationships I’ve had throughout the game and the All-Star teams, it’s great that guys have my back. I’ve been a formidable force in the game. I know last year wasn’t the greatest year but it happened and I’m just glad to turn the page. I’ve got a new opportunity here so let me go try and maximize my opportunity.”

Jones batted .281 with 24 home runs and 93 RBIs in 145 games with the Orioles last season and his defensive statistics showed a decline. Was his value hurt because he didn’t grade well with the analytics folks?

“I don’t know,” Jones said. “All I know is that between the lines, I know I can play. That’s all to me personally that matters is that I know I can play between the lines. I know I can hit a fastball, I know I can hit a breaking ball.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, diamondbacks

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Varsho slowing down to get quicker behind plate

One of the main things scouts thought Varsho needed to work on most coming out of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was his throwing behind the plate. He’s already made good progress, having thrown out 39.5 percent of potential base stealers in 2018, but he continues to work hard with coaches like Robby Hammock on his throwing.

“Everything about my game I have to keep improving,” Varsho said. “Throwing was a really big thing, just learning how my timing and rhythm with being able to transfer the ball, just to slow it down so my transfer can be clean and quick and I can have an accurate throw.”

That might sound counter-intuitive, slowing down to be quicker, but Varsho’s tendency to rush his throws has been one of his biggest areas of focus.

“That’s my problem, I speed up way too much where I kind of jumble and my arm tries to catch up,” Varsho said. “Now it’s just slowing down a little bit to where I can have a quicker transfer and a really good throw.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 09:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: daulton varsho, diamondbacks, prospects

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Adam Jones deal with D-backs | MLB.com

Is this the best deal he had this winter or is it the best deal he could get now?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 10:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, diamondbacks

 

 

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