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preston.salisbury

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July doldrums, and how to break free

I started this as a comment on why we needed a trade. Then I realized just how bad things were, and how long it was going to be, and decided to fanpost it. The team has just looked like it doesn't...

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Predictive mechanisms

Not long ago, I was involved in a debate here regarding the usefulness of SRS to predict performance. I decided that SRS (which stands for Simple Rating System) should be tested against the...

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Tonight's matchups

Of the 9 D-backs (none pitchers) that have faced Carlos Villanueva, only 4 have hits (Ross, Kubel, Prado, and Nieves). SSS applies, though, as only Ross has more than 10 plate appearances. He's...

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Sports Fan Psychologist: Kubel-Ross's Five Stages of Diamondbacks Fan Frustration

(No offense is intended to anyone actually going through anything. But given some of my educational background, every time I hear about Kubel and Ross I think of Kubler-Ross.) 1. Denial. This...

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Matchups 7/20

We get Matt Cain tonight, who is basically the Giants' version of Ian Kennedy this year. Also like Kennedy vs. the Giants, Cain has been largely successful against the D-backs. Individual...

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Matchups 7/19

Current D-backs have fared pretty well against Chad Gaudin in the past, full statistics here. I'd expect to see Jason Kubel in the lineup tonight. He is 9 for 13 against Gaudin, including 2 home...

Celebrity First Pitches

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The facial expressions on some of these are hilarious.

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All-time D-backs Team

With the All Star Break upon us, I decided to do my version of an All D-backs Team. Criteria include on-field performance, as well as popularity and also everyone's favorite: GRIT.

KT apparently lost his voice

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I'm glad those "talks" with the Brewers don't seem to have gone anywhere. Seriously, though, glad KT has his voice back.

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D-backs vs. Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco makes his Dodgers debut tonight at Chase, and I wonder if one of his duties will be to brush back Ian Kennedy. Mattingly might well think that since Nolasco wasn't on the team at the...

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Luck and Line Drives

Last night, it seemed the Dodgers made good contact a lot off of Delgado, as they collected 11 singles. Some have judged that the D-backs were unlucky, as the BABIP was so high, while others have...

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Batting in high leverage situations (or, Rethinking Cliff Pennington)

Thanks to the wonders of Baseball Reference, it is simple to look at stats to see how different players perform in high leverage situations. We've all heard (I'm sure) of the incredible stats Cliff...

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Roy Oswalt

I've haven't been posting much lately, although I've caught 3-5 innings of each of the games the last two days. Roy Oswalt was one of the premier pitchers in the mid-2000s. However, since leading...

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Where to bat the pitcher?

I've commented on here several times that I'd like to see the pitcher batting 8th. This seems crazy, so I'll lay out my reasons. 1. The pitcher in the 9th spot is antiquated. It dates to a time...

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Matchups 7/2

Two young pitchers tonight, so no real history against them. Prado faced Hefner twice and failed to get a hit, striking out once. Thanks to Corbin's start against the Mets last year, there is a bit...

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Matchups 7/1

Statistics for current Diamondbacks against Shaun Marcum are here. Good figures overall, with a slash of .302/.353/.460. It will be nice, after the pitchers faced recently, to face someone who...

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Don't Panic

I was away from computers for most of the weekend, so when I came back this morning to read the site, it hit me: we are incredibly negative for fans of a first place team. In fact, if I didn't know...

Diamondbacks vs. Tim Hudson

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Unfortunately, even with a large sample size (111 plate appearances) the D-backs haven't fared well against Hudson. Still, that team slash of .229/.270/.286 is better than a lot of the pitchers faced on this road trip. Cody Ross leads the team in plate appearances with 29, and hasn't fared well; look for him to sit this game. Gerardo Parra has 8 plate appearances and has gone 3 for 5, with three singles and three walks, getting on base at a .750 clip. Kubel is 3 for 10 against Hudson. The Braves have posted similar numbers against Kennedy: .286/.365/.476, in 74 plate appearances. Although that seems significantly higher, if Cody Ross's .172/.172/.172 (yes, that's right) is removed, the numbers are basically identical, and the chances of Cody playing aren't real good, both because of the RHP and the history.

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Matchups 6/28

I've been doing this in a FanShot, but decided to expand it a bit for a post. Career figures by D-backs against Julio Teheran are here. Not a lot of history. Teheran faced the D-backs earlier this...

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Pitching and Offense and Hope

Here are the pitchers that have started for the D-backs this season, with their run support. Wade Miley: 4.5 runs per start (but this includes three starts with double digit run support, take...

D-Backs against Stephen Strasburg

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I decided to, once again, post our statistics against the starting pitcher. This time, the news is not so good. Then again, that .133/.226/.178 slash can pretty much only go up.

D-backs against Jordan Zimmerman

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Led by Martin Prado's .545/.545/.727, current D-backs have done well historically against Zimmerman. That overall slash of .321/.327/.453 is a good bit higher than his overall .248/.294/.386. Hopefully the bats will be hot tonight. Current nationals are .400/.478/.550 against Miley, but with only 23 plate appearances, small sample size argument applies.

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What's Wrong With Wade?

The Diamondbacks starter tonight, Miley has struggled this season, to put it kindly. (Although, despite his struggles, he has still managed 8 quality starts out of 15.) His struggles, as was...

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Closer Situation

I'm not a Heath Bell defender. He certainly has a way of making games interesting, but that doesn't mean I approve of his method of ensuring that every D-back fan is screaming at the...

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Lineup Flexibility

I wrote something like this in a comment, but thought I'd make a Fanpost. Given the offensive futility, lineups need to be flexible, allowing hot players to get maximum at-bats, and also tailored,...

More Pug worship

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Those Yahoo writers continue to bow down before the LA Dodgers, and their flavor of the month, Yah-I-see-ya-throw-one-el-of-a-punch Pug.

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Why I really wish Patrick Corbin wasn't starting tonight

I've been overjoyed to see the performance of Corbin this year. He has certainly been the brightest spot on a rotation that has, to put it mildly, struggled for consistency. But he is young and...

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Looking at the Browns

Long the laughingstock of the NFL (even more so than the Redskins) the Browns have just one playoff appearance since returning to the league in 1999. It's tempting to overlook them and consider...

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Time for more Streak Breaking

In the last two weeks, the Redskins have ended their streak of futility against rookie quarterbacks and on Thanksgiving in Dallas. It is high time that another streak come to an end. As ESPN 980...

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Looking Forward

For once, I think most Redskins fans are looking forward to the coming games, and future seasons. After being left for dead after the loss to Carolina, two straight wins have gotten the Redskins...

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