We’re 40 games into the D-backs season, roughly a quarter of the way. The team has 37 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the majors — and to get to the sixth-place Padres, you drop all the way to 31. Even better, the D-backs have only been caught stealing 11 times so far, a 77% success rate that on the surface …
A full month and a half into the season, several of the Diamondbacks’ top prospects have gotten their minor league seasons underway. As always, the future of the organization deeply depends on the development of these youngsters and the system as a whole has slowly improved in recent years. Solid drafts have built some depth while the absence of Kevin …
Almost one quarter into the season, fourteen different D-backs position players have tallied at least ten different plate appearances. April offered some surprisingly excellent batting lines from not-(yet?)-superstars Jake Lamb and Ender Inciarte, but also some truly abysmal performances, especially from Tuffy Gosewisch and the D-backs middle infielders. The season stayed volatile when the calendar turned to May, nearly …Continue Reading →
At this point, there’s been a ton of talk about Yasmany Tomas, the deal he signed, and his quicker-than expected call-up to the majors. But there hasn’t been a ton of talk about his performance now that he’s arrived in Phoenix. Jake Lamb got off to a hell of a start before being injured, forcing Ryan to cry himself to …Continue Reading →
A sweep at the hand of the lowly Phillies was not a fun way for anyone to spend their weekend, but the season probably reached its nadir (hopefully) at home just before that. After getting hammered by the Nationals on Monday and getting 16 hits and 14 runs’ worth of revenge the day after, the D-backs were positioned to take …Continue Reading →
It wasn’t too long ago that Aaron Hill looked like he was untradeable at any price. Through the end of April, Hill had a wRC+ of 20 — he was 80% below league average in creating runs. The weak ground balls that helped make that happen have all but disappeared now — in May, his line drive rate has more …Continue Reading →
Messing with a major league lineup is one way to get everybody’s attention. It always seems to stoke the fire and raise a bunch of banter. Sometimes that discussion is positive, but usually it’s not since the original lineup is thought to be the one the team should be using. A departure from this seems like a step backwards, because …Continue Reading →
The MLB First Year Player Draft is less than a month away. A little while back, I provided an exceedingly early Diamondbacks draft preview. Even in the title, I called out the fact that the preview was too early to really get all that worked up about, and really, it was just meant to get some names out there …Continue Reading →
It was a dreary couple of days to follow the D-backs early next week, waiting out two rain-postponed games with extra time to ponder an awful road series against the Dodgers. All we got for our trouble was an offensive breakout of mind-boggling proportions, a six-game stretch in which the D-backs maintained a .911 OPS. That’ll play.
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D-backs starters have had trouble in the first inning so far this season. As Nick Piecoro wrote at the beginning of the week, the team is aware of this, and they’ve tried changing up prep techniques, etc. If this is a real problem, it’s a perfect time to use one of the best baseball ideas I have ever come across, …Continue Reading →
The Diamondbacks just got done beating up on the Rockies. I can’t stand the Rockies mascot Dinger, mostly because he’s stupid. So taking two games in one day from an NL West team after having to be deprived of baseball unnecessarily for two days was extra special. Tyler Matzek really helped in game one with a game score of terrible …Continue Reading →
Last week, Baseball Prospectus introduced a new metric for pitchers: Deserved Run Average, or DRA. By zeroing in on some key component statistics while still baking in some context, we can get a read on how much of what the D-backs’ pitchers’ stats look like thus far is chance or bad luck, and how much is not far off the …Continue Reading →
Offense in baseball is a funny thing to measure. In a sense, it’s the heart of what most baseball fans watch the game for; the homers, the steals, the walk-off hits (too soon?). But the problem with offense is that it’s often inconsistent. Measuring something that comes in fits and starts can be problematic, especially when just over 20 games …Continue Reading →
The D-backs’ 2-4 week, complete with a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers, was one to forget — and yet just days after Archie Bradley took a line drive off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez, it sure seems like one we’ll remember for a long time. After Bradley was removed in the second inning of that Tuesday contest, …Continue Reading →
Josh Collmenter has gone through some unusual role changes in his five years in the big leagues. He’s not your typical pitcher to have been pitched in a relief role and as a starter; it’s not a matter of wipeout stuff that can’t necessarily be maintained in longer bursts, or a question of bouncing back and forth because he was …Continue Reading →
The Diamondbacks have been playing Mark Trumbo pretty much every day. Scratch that, Mark Trumbo has played every day. He’s a perfect 18 for 18 in games started thus far, whether we like it or not. And why not like it? He’s hitting .324/.343/.559 through Tuesday. That’s good for a 144 wRC+, putting him among the league leaders. While that’s …Continue Reading →
The Pool ShotEpisode 27 of The Pool Shot: With help from Twitter questions, the guys talk big picture (@IvoryTiger), Reed's removal as closer, the new approach of Tomas, and, of course, what that means for Jake Lamb (@JoeCB91). They also get in a question on Josh Collmenter (@coldblueAZ) which may or may not involve him throwing sidearm. Subscribe on iTunes!
- D-backs Aggressive With Stolen Bases, Situationally Smart as Well
- Minor Report: Kane County Cougars
- The Bat Is Back for Chris Owings
- Taking Inventory of Yasmany Tomas and His Adjustments
- Roundup: Reed Out as Closer; Do the D-backs Have a Humidor?
- Aaron Hill Trade Prospects Given Recent Offensive Surge
- Does Shuffling the D-backs Lineup Matter?
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- I like when a broadcast clues me in on the thing I'm likely to find most interesting, using my initials http://t.co/KMdOSb2O4G, May 21
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- New at @BaseballAmerica, @johnmanuelba has the #Dbacks selecting LHP Tyler Jay out of Illinois. http://t.co/6qeKBTQpV8, 2 hours ago
- So many cutters in Phoenix tonight. Collmenter (65%) v. Lester (28%). #GetCut #AllTheCutters #GoDbacks, 2 hours ago
- @@JimenezHitting Hey Mario, I was asking Ryan about Joc's swing. How much of it was natural, how much was "coached?" Seems intuitive to him., 3 hours ago
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Previously on The Pool Shot, the guys explained some of their favorite advanced stats. Hitting, including wRC+, HHAV and batted ball; pitching (38:00), including FIP, xFIP and SIERA; and baserunning and defense, including UBR, UZR and DRS (58:00).