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Robbie Ray. There’s so much we’ve said about the guy. He’s been tantalizing. He’s been frustrating. He’s been monstrous. He’s been dismal. For everything you had nice to say about him entering the season, there was a big caveat attached. “He’s got big velocity, but struggles to put guys away.” “That breaking ball looked good, but did you see …

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The Diamondbacks came from behind yesterday on a well-timed homer from Chris Iannetta, only to end up dropping their third game in a row. As Torry Lovullo said postgame, basically, baseball giveth and baseball taketh away. Perhaps another manager, Ron Washington, encapsulated it best, saying, “That’s the way baseball go.” You can pick your own favorite euphemism, …

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Entering the 2017 season, the Diamondbacks had a very narrow path to contention. True, the team is in the thick of the Contention Window, something we identified a couple of years back. Dave Stewart and Company tried to accelerate that timeline, of course, but 2017 was always the season where it looked like things might align. And align things have. …

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Home runs are all the rage across baseball. Since mid-2015, the ball has been flying out of every ballpark at historic levels. It’s not just sluggers putting the ball over the fence these days — even the little guys are doing it. Chris Owings is half way to double digits already and is one away from tying his career high …

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In case you’ve missed it, the Diamondbacks are scoring a lot of runs. Entering Tuesday’s game in Washington D.C., they were third in baseball in runs scored with 141, third in batting average at .269, 10th in isolated slugging at .169, and eighth in home runs with 31. Put all of that together and you get a pretty powerful offensive …

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This Diamondbacks team entered the season full of unknowns. There were far more questions than answers and while you could surely squint and see a path to success for the squad, it was a narrow path. It would require solid pitching from both the rotation and the bullpen, and some steady production from some flawed position players. The team could …

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On Tuesday we checked in on one potential problem for the Diamondbacks: a bullpen that was expected to be terrible. Good news! They’ve been, well, not terrible. That’s not to say they’ve been really good either, but you get the idea, they’ve exceeded expectations. Tom Wilhelmsen gave up another run, but thanks to Shelby Miller‘s dominance and some …

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It’s not often that ballparks undergo major changes, especially not in-season. Tal’s Hill was removed in Houston but it’s not like the took a bulldozer out there in the seventh inning against the Mariners to get the job done (trust me, it wouldn’t have helped the M’s). Renovations have continued at other venues, including Chicago (Cubs) and Kansas City. And …

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If you missed the news that the Diamondbacks closed out the first full week of the season with a record of 6-1, it’s time to move out from under that rock you call home. The pitching hasn’t been great, but the bats have been lively. The bullpen hasn’t been a disaster and the starters, while more solid than great, have …

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Archie the Destroyer

On April 5, 2017 By

The Diamondbacks won their first game of the season in dramatic fashion. The Diamondbacks lost their second game of the season in dramatic fashion. The definition of drama, as it pertains to game two, includes Gorkys Hernandez driving in four runs (which is a lot for a guy who only had 17 career RBIs in 104 career games before last …

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Earlier this week, we took a broad look at some Diamondbacks pitchers who showcase strong pitch tandems and troublesome pitch tandems. The basis of this work is the new data available from Baseball Prospectus which tracks a number of items, including release points, how similar (or dissimilar) two distinct pitches look upon release, and how similar (or dissimilar) two distinct …

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There are those times, in my journey to learn about baseball, that I’ve legitimately had my mind blown. Most of them occurred early on, when I learned that saves were made up by some guy in the late 60’s, RBI’s were mostly a function of guys getting on base in front of a hitter, and pitchers don’t have all that …

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If you’ve been paying much attention to Spring Training for the Diamondbacks, you may have heard the news. No, not the news about Zack Greinke‘s declining velocity. I mean the news that Taijuan Walker has been simply dominant so far this spring. In his first nine innings of work, he’s allowed just three hits, walked one, and struck …

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First we couldn’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report, then position players followed them. Then we couldn’t wait for the Diamondbacks to play their first spring game, and now they’re almost half way through their spring slate. Funny how that happens — the first game of the season is literally in the process of sneaking up on us. Fans …

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Writing this website over the years, we’ve encountered some pushback from time to time. We fully expected that. Traditional statistics have been engrained in us. If you collected baseball cards, you quickly became familiar with games played, at-bats, batting average, slugging percentage, RBI’s and more. This was the foundation of understanding of which players were good and which players were …

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It’s been fun profiling a couple of upcoming spring battles lately. There’s going to be some kind of rotation battle between some young, talented starters, and it’ll be intriguing to see how all of the infield pieces fit together. Avoiding the bullpen has been purposeful to date given the team might not be done adding there (more acquisitions today!), …

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