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When the season began, the Diamondbacks had an 8.2% chance of making the playoffs. After one month of play, that number was up to 36.5%. Come the first of June, they were expected to make the playoffs with a 67.6% chance of seeing the postseason, and entering today’s game that number has climbed all the way to 87.1%. That number …

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This year, all of the first-round picks in the MLB draft signed with their teams (although one in particular did go down to the wire…). We won’t get a final draft order for the 2016 draft until well after the season ends, since some free agents could cause changes — but things are a little simpler than normal. And while …

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The D-backs have used 20 different pitchers out of the bullpen this season — with three plus weeks to go. That’s the most since 2007, a year in which Tony Pena led the way in innings, Brandon Lyon led the way in value, and Jose Valverde led the way in saves. That year, the D-backs had 21 relievers toe the …

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The Diamondbacks are not a particularly good team when it comes to pitching. By ERA, they rank 26th in the majors. Since we know that Chase Field punishes pitchers more than almost any other park, that’s probably not the best way to look at them. If we choose a defense-independent, park-adjusted metric, they’re basically the same, ranking 24th

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An offseason of unusual activity in the sport has been fueled by a significant number of teams that had a regime change in the front office, and the D-backs are no exception. What originally looked like an offseason of tweaks now looks like something quite different — but what is it, really? Remember, Chief Baseball Officer expressed confidence exactly one …

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Yesterday, the D-backs tendered contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players (well, the ones that hadn’t already been released or designated for assignment). Among them: David Hernandez, who seems likely to be deserving of his projected $2.125M salary in his final arbitration year. We thought it was likely he’d be tendered, although there were justifications both ways. Still, …

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Kevin Towers came to the Diamondbacks with a sterling reputation as a bullpen builder. One of his first moves: trading Mark Reynolds and (later) John Hester to the Orioles for Kam Mickolio and David Hernandez. Looking at the deal in hindsight, it worked out well for the D-backs; Mickolio threw just 6.2 crappy innings for the team, but Hester …

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Writing about the Arizona bullpen is like having to talk to your neighbors. No, not the friendly neighbors who invited you over drinks last night, I’m talking about the neighbors who smile when you see them but throw their dog poop over the fence and into your lawn. …

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Major League Baseball rosters expand on September 1, enabling teams to carry up to 40 players, provided they are on the 40-man roster.  If you’re rusty on the mechanics of the 40-man and protecting players from the winter Rule V Draft, check out this mlb.com summary.  In terms of guessing at what Arizona might do this year, the main …

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Before moving on to recent minor league performances, I wanted to bring up a great piece by John Sickels over at minorleagueball.com. In it, John breaks down his Arizona Diamondbacks Preseason Top 20 list and gives updates on each player. It’s definitely worth reading in its entirety, but here are some very quick notes.

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  • Archie Bradley: arguably
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For a five-game week (off days on Monday and Thursday), the last several days have been unusually tumultuous for the Diamondbacks.  In a two game series against Tampa Bay, the offense broke out; but although Kirk Gibson’s squad carried the same lineup and offensive success through Friday, Saturday and Sunday were not banner days for the team.  On Saturday, David …

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Like many teams, Arizona is monitoring the market for potential upgrades via trade.  Given the recent performance of the rotation and the imminent return of Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy, the Dbacks really do not have a need for a starting pitcher.  There are very few starters available who might represent an upgrade anyway.  Likewise, the Dbacks do not …

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