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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Unwritten Rules Lead To Nine Unanswered Runs

Rather than wait for a relatively safe moment to retaliate—with two outs, or, like, tomorrow—and rather than retaliate by, uh, winning the game—Joe Musgrove plunked Chris Owings to lead off the bottom half.

mathesond Posted: June 12, 2018 at 09:34 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pirates, unwritten rules

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Jon Jay from Royals | AZ Central

SAN FRANCISCO – In acquiring Jon Jay in a deal with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon, Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen believes he filled a short-term need in the outfield at a time when his club needs it most.

“With the way the division is shaping up,” Hazen said, “where every day matters more and more, we just felt like this was the right thing to do at the time.”

The D-Backs send minor league prospects Gabe Speier and Elvis Luciano to the Royals.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 07, 2018 at 03:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, john jay, royals

Friday, May 11, 2018

Diamondbacks’ Yoshihisa Hirano riding splitter to big-league success

Sometimes his splitter dives straight down. Other times it behaves almost like a slider, darting down and to his glove side.

He can bounce it, which he did multiple times to the Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer on Tuesday night, striking him out on a splitter in the dirt with the winning run on third in the 10th inning. He can also throw it for strikes, something he did to freeze the next batter, Chase Utley, to end the inning in a game the Diamondbacks went on to win.

 

shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2018 at 12:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball, pitching

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Astros’ Gerrit Cole Strikes Out 16 in One-Hit Shutout of Diamondbacks

Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 16 in a one-hitter and the Houston Astros routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 8–0 Friday night.

Cole (3–1) topped the strikeout mark of 14 he set three weeks ago against Texas and allowed only a one-out double to Chris Owings in the fifth inning of his second career complete game. The only other baserunner against the dominant right-hander was David Peralta, who walked to lead off the fourth.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 05, 2018 at 02:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, diamondbacks, gerrit cole

Thursday, May 03, 2018

D-backs reach deal with Maricopa County to drop Chase Field suit

According to the memorandum, the Diamondbacks must play at Chase Field through the 2022 season. Then they could move to another facility in the county without penalty.

There is still a vote that needs to take place, so not “done done”.  But this poster believes they end up with new stadium at Salt River/Pima Indian Land, probably south of current Talking Stick Spring Training facility, near 101/202 Freeway interchange.

shoewizard Posted: May 03, 2018 at 12:42 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium deals

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Behind-the-scenes role suiting Diamondbacks pitching strategist Dan Haren

IRVINE, Calif. – Dan Haren sits back in his office chair and opens a program on his computer. On the screen is an image of a hitter. Next to him are hot zones and cold zones accompanied by dropdown menus and situational stats. Haren toggles through them quickly. He is in his element.
He’s looking for an area of the strike zone where a Diamondbacks pitcher can throw a fastball to a particular hitter. He’s having no luck.
“This is ridiculous,” he said, asking that the names of the hitter and pitcher not be revealed. “Most hitters are not like this. He’s basically going to have to flood him with curveballs.”

Very neat article about @ithrow88

shoewizard Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dan haren, diamondbacks, pitching, strategy

Sunday, April 22, 2018

‘Family’ and sense of ‘brotherhood’ has Diamondbacks picking up right where they left off

Ever since Lovullo came aboard, the former bench coach for the Red Sox made it a point to establish core principles with the Diamondbacks revolving around trust, unity and an unbreakable bond of team-wide belief. That’s what carried them through their 93-69 season a year ago, and it’s what helped put them in position to try and become the first NL club since the 2003 Giants to win their first seven series to open a season.
They couldn’t do it without talent, and the Diamondbacks have plenty of that judging from the win column. But glossy statistics and next-level analytics isn’t what fuels this franchise. It’s the intangibles and an invisible but undeniable force.

Kumbaya !

shoewizard Posted: April 22, 2018 at 09:39 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Diamondbacks’ Taijuan Walker diagnosed with “UCL injury”

Lovullo was pressed on multiple occasions as to whether Walker’s ligament was torn or not, but he repeatedly said he didn’t know. Asked what else it could be if it wasn’t torn or frayed to some extent, he said, “I don’t know that answer. We’re optimistic that it’s going to be as good as possible.”

One thing seems certain: If Walker has a full tear of the ligament, flying to New York for a second opinion wouldn’t make any sense.

“I guess you could say that,” Lovullo said. “I think that would be a fairly obvious statement. But like I said, I didn’t hear anything about the amount – full, half, partial – I didn’t hear any of that. I just heard that there was a UCL injury.”

shoewizard Posted: April 18, 2018 at 10:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tommy john surgery

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Deven Marrero HR changed to single upon review

Well, that’s not good.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2018 at 10:42 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks’ hitters locking in with new approach

Too bad nobody thought of this before. Can you imagine how good Ted Williams could have been?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2018 at 07:34 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Lovullo and Molina suspended

I haven’t seen this discussed. It seems off, to me. A manager being suspended is hardly anything as he can manage just as well by text. (I assume he can’t come to the park).

And it looks to me like Lovullo was clearly in the wrong and admits he was in the wrong. But maybe I missed something?

bunyon Posted: April 11, 2018 at 08:17 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, diamondbacks, mothers day

Friday, April 06, 2018

Billy Bean and Torey Lovullo’s Friendship

Nice story about the friendship between Billy Bean (not Beane), the gay former player and current MLB front office exec, and Torey Lovullo, the DBacks manager.

Blastin Posted: April 06, 2018 at 03:26 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, inclusion

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Dodgers have no answer for pitcher Patrick Corbin in 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks | LAT

The Dodgers have played seven games this season. They have scored one run or fewer in four.

The lineup longs for the return of All-Star third baseman Justin Turner as he recuperates from a fractured wrist. The malaise extends from Chris Taylor (.574 on-base plus slugging percentage) at the top of the lineup to Corey Seager (.414 OPS) and Puig (.476 OPS) in the middle to Logan Forsythe (.291 OPS) at the bottom.

After Kenley Jansen blew a save on Monday, the offense scored only one run during the final two games of this three-day pounding.


Thursday, March 08, 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks hope for an edge with hitting strategist Robert Van Scoyoc

After years of gaining word-of-mouth notoriety around baseball as a vanguard of the swing-change revolution, Robert Van Scoyoc was hired by the Diamondbacks in the offseason to fill a newly created role. He will be their hitting strategist.

A lot of good stuff in this article.

shoewizard Posted: March 08, 2018 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, hitting coaches, hitting philosophies

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Lovullo adjusting to new mound-visit rules

Some interesting points here about the impact to the game of this new rule

shoewizard Posted: February 25, 2018 at 09:20 AM | 200 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, pace of play

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks analysis: Yasmany Tomas contract keeps hurting

But a lot could happen between now and Opening Day. It’s possible Tomas could put together a huge spring training performance and compel the Diamondbacks to keep him on the roster, hoping he could provide right-handed power off the bench, something they could use. Or an injury or two could open the door.

But if the Diamondbacks get to the end of camp, decide they don’t want Tomas on the roster and need a 40-man spot, he might wind up being designated for assignment.

Even that, though, probably wouldn’t be the end. Tomas would clear waivers and, unless he wanted to walk away from his contract, would have to report to Triple-A Reno, where he’d be expensive depth.

But give the Diamondbacks credit: At a time when they’re trying hard to win, they’re willing to move on from a costly mistake.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2018 at 07:56 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yankees, Rays, D-backs swing three-way deal

D-backs get:
Steven Souza Jr. (from TB)
Taylor Widener (Yankees’ No. 14 prospect)

Yankees get:
Brandon Drury (from ARI)

Rays get:
Anthony Banda (D-backs’ No. 4 prospect)
Nick Solak (Yankees’ No. 8 prospect)
Two players to be named later (from ARI)

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 08:23 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rays, trades, yankees

Arizona Diamondbacks set to sign Jarrod Dyson | MLB.com

I’m a little surprised the Giants didn’t sign him.

A baseball source has confirmed the deal is worth $7.5 million [two years], and a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that Dyson’s deal includes performance bonuses each year: $50,000 at 100 and 125 games played; and $50,000 each at 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agents, jarrod dyson

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Diamondbacks on track to unveil humidor in 2018

University of Illinois physics professor emeritus Alan Nathan estimated last year in a study published online by The Hardball Times that the Diamondbacks’ humidor could make an even bigger impact than at Coors Field, in part because the average relative humidity in Phoenix is far lower than in Denver.“I am very comfortable saying that, with the humidor running at 50 percent and 70 degrees, there will a reduction in home run production at Chase by 25 to 50 percent,”

So I’m guessing JD Martinez might be rethinking a short term deal with Arizona…..

shoewizard Posted: February 14, 2018 at 01:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Friday, December 22, 2017

Diamondbacks agree to deal with Japanese pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano

The Diamondbacks are close to adding another late-inning option to their bullpen, agreeing to terms with Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano on what sources say is a two-year, $6 million deal.

Hirano, who turns 34 in March, has logged 143 saves for the Orix Buffaloes over the past five seasons. He owns a career 3.10 ERA in parts of 11 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan’s top league.

shoewizard Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball

 

 

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