The season’s upon us. The time has come. Opening Day is just three days away and the roster is taking shape. Everyone’s asking how good this team is, or at least, how good they can be. The problem is, it’s complicated. There are plenty of moving pieces and plenty of question marks. There’s a way this team can be pretty …

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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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My goodness, there are a ton of relief arms in camp this spring. I know, I know. This isn’t exactly unheard of as relievers, especially those not slated for late inning duty, are probably the most fungible assets in the game. They’re also the most volatile. With performances fluctuating wildly and sample sizes small, evaluating relievers is difficult in the …

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Instead of bringing politics into baseball, I think it’s time to one-up the level of discourse that continuously leads denser segments of the population into lectures about sticking to sports. Today, I’m going to bring religion into the mix. Let’s talk for a moment about original sin. Original sin is the Christian belief that through the sin of Adam, the …

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Keeping this whole spring preview thing rolling right along, we make our way today to the Diamondbacks’ outfield. Last year was, shall we say, not what they had in mind? A second busted elbow for a prized centerfielder derailed things before they ever got off the ground. Further injuries and ineptitude took their toll and when it was all said …

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Since the heyday of Miguel Montero, the Diamondbacks have struggled to field a quality catcher. Tuffy Gosewisch clearly wasn’t a solid option as he can’t hit and wasn’t great defensively, especially in the framing department. I still shake my head when I think of Josh Collmenter throwing to Gosewisch on Opening Day of 2015. Welington Castillo was one of …

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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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The Diamondbacks have shuttled infielders around like nobody’s business over the last few years. There’s been little consistency, though there are holdovers from year to year. Gone are Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hill and Jean Segura. You can actually add Dansby Swanson to that list, too. There are plenty of new faces, and as of today, I count 11 …

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Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in about a week. That’s cool, and plenty of Diamondbacks are already in Scottsdale given the team’s headquarters fall inside the Cactus League boundaries. You don’t need a refresher on how the starting staff fared last year. It was a disaster, and even Robbie Ray‘s bright spot (strikeouts) had it’s own detractors …

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are getting a little less buzz this offseason than they did a year ago. Spending big and falling on your face with do that to you. They’re not a sleeper like the Rockies may be, and they’re surely not front runners like Dodgers. The biggest move was trading away arguably their most productive player from last season’s …

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How do you know if something is broken? Usually, you give something a go and don’t get the desired effect. Maybe you try again and still get an error. Other times, after a second try, everything works just fine. There always little blips on the radar of life. I mean, we all have to cycle our routers once in a …

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What are some things you love? Maybe it’s special people, maybe it’s a good cup of coffee, maybe it’s a cold one after a long hard day, maybe it’s a trip on the water to wet a line. Maybe you love that perfect song, a perfect steak off the grill, an evening on the patio watching the sun slip below …

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