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shoewizard

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Kershaw to DL

Shut down indefinitely.

Fangraphs Ranks D Backs Rotation 24th in MLB

The loss of Pat Corbin hurts a lot, and exposes why the D’Backs spent so much time this winter shopping for an ace. Without Corbin at the front of the rotation, this group is pretty similar to the Brewers, with a lot of good-not-great starters at the top end and some real questions at the back end.
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Will there be an "Australian Hangover" ?

There was talk during the 9th inning on the broadcast last night about the potential for an Australian Hangover. While waiting for today's game to start, I've been thinking about this some. The...

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Imagining what a playoff season would look like

It's spring. And in spring, all things are possible. The season hasn't started, the practice games haven't even started. No matter how hardened a "realist" one might be, it's a time where anyone can imagine and hope for the best.

How much have Kevin Towers moves paid off?

The thread in the link has some information and discussion that some might find informative of wish to discuss.

D Backs ZIPS are out

these came out 5 days ago. Somehow missed it, and it didn't notice it linked anywhere.

Two Links for the price of one

The link in the title is to a Grantland story on the reporting history of PED use. Fascinating article. Really strongly suggest a full read. And for a lighter touch, Keith Olberman's Worst Person in the Sports World was pretty funny.....Ken Gurnick, the MLB writer gets drilled You Tube

Yasiel Puig Arrested for Wreckless Driving

110 in a 70. Misdemeanor offense in Florida. Released on $500 Bond

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A look at the HOF ballot through the lens of JAWS

Already bored with Tanakamania, I thought I would take a look at the HOF Ballot using JAWS with a twist. The table below is based on the 2014 HOF Ballot Stats Page at BB-Ref Per BB-REF Glossary ...

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Over/Under on Tanaka Contract, 6 yrs, 120 M

As everyone knows by now, Tanaka has been posted. Now the question is who will win the bidding. Will it be one of the big market teams such as NY, LA, Boston, Chicago ? Will a "darkhorse" like the...

MLB,NPB reach agreement on 20 million posting fee

This means every team that bids up to max 20 m can negotiate with Tananka.

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Should we win now, retool, rebuild, or stand pat?

I've changed my sig because it sums up where I think the team is at. Hoard Pre Arb, Pre FA, and Minor League Talent.

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Early 2014 Rate Stat Projections for Current Diamondbacks Roster

The projections below are based on ZIPS and Steamer Rest of Season Projections. Since there is a full season of data now impacting the previous projections, these probably look fairly close to...

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Of win streaks and mediocrity

In 2012 the longest win streak the team had was 5 games, and the most they got over .500 was 4 games. in 2013 the longest win streak the team has had is 5 games, and the most they got over .500...

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The New Cody Ross

As Ross approaches a 100 wRC+ on the season with his 3rd hit of the game vs the Red Sox tonight I just noticed something I had not noticed before. His k% is a career low 15.2His career k% is 21.2 %...

Diamondbacks Shopping Kubel and Kennedy

This on MLB Trade Rumors, via Peter Gammons. Figured it deserved a fanshot as probability here slightly higher than other rumors.

Attendance actually DOWN over 800 per Game

Following up recent discussion on Attendance, game over game from last year, not incuding Sunday's game with Milwaukee just before the break, attendance down 829 per game. The most recent homestand was not well attended. The team will have to stay in this race and hope for a good walk up in September to have any kind of meaningul increase over last year.

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What's wrong with Martin Prado ?

It's been a while since I created a fanpost here at AZ Snakepit, and I can see the eye-rolls now in reaction to the fact that my first one in a while is about Martin Prado. But I swear the intent...

Didi injures Elbow, out for most of Spring Training

General Manager Kevin Towers said shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius, acquired in December in the Trevor Bauer trade, has been shut down for roughly the past month with elbow problems and might have to start the season on the disabled list. Towers said Gregorius’ elbow didn’t feel good after a long-toss session in January, at which point he traveled to Arizona to be evaluated by team physician Dr. Michael Lee. "Dr. Lee said it was nothing serious and we decided to err on the side of being cautious," Towers said. "Dr. Lee felt it would be best to take four weeks to shut him down, with no swinging a bat or throwing, and then start ramping him up." Gregorius is scheduled to begin a throwing program sometime next week, Towers said, but he still is expected to miss the start of the Cactus League season. Towers is hoping Gregorius will be able to start playing in games near the end of spring training, but he "may be a week late" to start the regular season. "It’s nothing serious, no surgery or anything like that," Towers said. Gregorius already was a long shot to make the Opening Day roster, given his limited experience in the upper minors and the presence of Pennington and Bloomquist, and the injury all but guarantees that he’ll start the year in the minors. As to when his season will begin, time will tell.
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D Backs Plan Revealed

They are hoping they have unlocked the key to beating your pythag on a consistent basis "Last year, we scored more runs than in the previous year. It’s not all how many runs you score. In 2011,...

Piecoro:zona Diamondbacks didn’t get enough from Atlanta Braves for Justin Upton

My opinion on the deal is right in line with the general consensus: The Diamondbacks didn’t get enough. Which, in so many ways, is incredible to me. After close to 2 1/2 years of on-again/off-again trade discussions involving Upton, this is the deal they settle on? After saying time and again that they’re only going to trade Upton if/when the right package comes along, this is the one they deem the right one? *This whole off-season seems like a huge overreaction, something Towers said in early December he didn’t feel any pressure to do. This is from a story I wrote just before the winter meetings: "Even though last year was a disappointing year," Towers said, "I still think that same ball club, given maybe a different year and a different set of circumstances and doing some of the little things that are hard to measure better and smarter, that we can be a much better ball club. "I know everybody thinks you have to tweak it here and tweak it there and there are some years you have to, but I still look at my club and am a little dumbfounded (at the results). I think we were a better ball club." He mentioned the number of highly regarded prospects in his farm system. He brought up the fact that the organization has no bad contracts. He said his roster has flexibility. "I really like the state we’re in," Towers said, "and I don’t want to do something drastic just because we finished .500 last year." It seems he’s done exactly that.
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Perception and expectation

Perception and expectations are funny things. Look at the batting line for these two players between the ages of 22-24 OPS+ PA BA OBP SLG OPS 124 1824 .276 .365 .458 .822 120 1873 ....

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Should Towers have traded Upton after 2011 ?

The really ballsy thing for Towers to do would have been to trade Upton after 2011.Oh I would have screamed bloody murder, but if he were going to have a chance to get some team to wildy overpay...

Upton should play where he's wanted

Nick, who is obviously close to the team, sounds off on the Upton rumors. Taken together with his article pointing out all the contradictions in the statements from the front office, I think it's pretty clear where he stands http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/NickPiecoro/173949

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Runs, RBI's and Outs

There are a lot of run estimators out there, such as RC or Runs Created used at baseball reference, based off of Bill James work. Or wRC which is the runs created estimator they use at Fangraphs. ...

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Playing around with bWAR as a Rate Stat

WAR is a counting stat. Kind of. Just like RBI, or HR, WAR is basically a tabulation of performance. The difference is a player can have positive or negative events as it relates to replacement...

How to snyc radio and tv

Thought some might find this link useful if they wanted to listen on radio and watch on tv

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