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shoewizard

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Revising my Adam Eaton position

I am a firm believer in the saying "when presented with new information, one must be willing to revise previously held positions" I am going to do that with Adam Eaton, and my oft stated...

Is Willie Bloomquist Immortal ?

Tango: (*) If ever I roll out my version of WAR, I’ll likely call it W/w (Wins over Willie).

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Could Batting Upton leadoff be just the spark this team needs ?

There are few things in baseball that are discussed more than batting orders and lineups. Every fan, analyst, and Tom Dick and Harry has an idea on how best to construct the lineup. Most...

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Is Drew about to get hot ?

They keep saying on the broadcast how Drew has been hitting the ball hard, but been very unlucky. In Drew's case, that's probably true.Prior to tonights game his BABIP was just .273, and based on...

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Is Justin Upton a future MVP ?

It's a simple question. Do you think Justin will ever win an MVP award.....or to be more realistic, do you think he will ever finish in the top 3 in either the MVP voting, or in WAR ? Just to try...

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Some ideas for mid season moves to make

Trade Joe Saunders Won’t get much in return, but you do get a roster spot, which can go to one of the young pitchers instead of sending them back to the minors, and you get salary relief. There...

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A New Proposal for the MLB All Star Game

I have a proposal that I believe could breath new life into the all star game and address some of the issues with all star team selection and participation at the same time. I have made this...

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Ian Kennedy: An Inconvenient Truth

Overall, the trade that brought Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks has to be considered a success, recent struggles notwithstanding. Since being traded for Max Scherzer, Ian has fared well in head...

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Brett Butler stands up for Drew's Character and Integrity

But at times has had to battle a reputation for being "soft," a characterization that many believe comes from being the young brother of the injury-prone J.D. Drew. Reno manager Brett Butler made...

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Justin Upton 2011 vs. 2012

The first line is first 49 games of 2011 and the second is his first 49 games of 2012 210 PA .247/.329/.462 .791 OPS 11 DB, 1 TP, 9 HR 24 RBI, 20 walks 39 K's and 3 HBP 204 PA .249/.348/.376 .724...

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Working the Montero Comps again

Probably the last thing anyone wants to read from me is another Montero post. At this point, it's mostly a moot point. He's signed. He's staying at least for a while, (although it's notable there...

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Who should replace Collmenter in the rotation ?

I think it's becoming pretty clear that the one thing that Collmenter had going for him more than any other last year, pinpoint control and command, has deserted him. Not only is he walking more...

Interesting Bauer Comments from Nick's Blog

I didn't see these comments highlighted anywhere else. Catcher Miguel Montero made some comments yesterday about right-hander Trevor Bauer needing to learn how to pitch hitters. There was something about his tone that sounded almost critical of Bauer, rather than him talking about a pitcher going through the normal maturation process. Then this morning, manager Kirk Gibson mentioned how Bauer was late going through his pre-start warm-up routine, to the point that he had to rush things to be ready to deliver the first pitch on time. "First of all, he was late getting warmed up," Gibson said this morning. "I think he probably got to the pen about 1 p.m. So he was late with his routine. That was on him." Maybe people with the team are trying to dial down expectations on him – Gibson has always been sensitive to that kind of stuff, given that he was called "the next Mickey Mantle" – or they’re trying to show us that he’s not quite ready for the major leagues. Or maybe there’s more to it, like there’s some sort of resentment to the hype/attention that has accompanied Bauer and his unusual ways. Bauer seemed sort of baffled this afternoon when a couple reporters asked him about being a little behind schedule yesterday. "I don’t know if it affected my performance at all," he said. "Could have, could not have. But when it comes down to it, they didn’t really hit a ball hard. It was one of those days where the broken-bat hits fall and the ground ball, instead of being a double play to the second baseman, rolls through the hole." Anyway, maybe I’m reading too much into this, but it just seems like there already are people questioning the way Bauer does things, and he hasn’t even had a chance to see if they work or don’t work at the pro level. All we know so far is he’s thrown pretty well in his first big league camp, giving up four runs in 10 innings, with one walk and nine strikeouts. If he continues pitching well or if he struggles, it’ll be interesting either way.

Fangraphs ranks D backs rotation 20th in Baseball

David Cameron writes: Along with the Reds placement, this is the one that I expect to ruffle the most feathers. The D’Backs were one of just six teams to get 1,000+ innings out of their rotation last year, and with Kennedy and Hudson at the front end and Bauer and Skaggs on the way, it’s not like there’s age related decline to worry about. But, in reality, the D’Backs staff just overperformed last year relative to their talent levels, and ZIPS expects some real steps backwards in 2012. Replacing Collmenter and Saunders with the young kids could lead to some real improvement, but Arizona doesn’t have as much depth here as they think, and their front-end guys aren’t as good as their performances last year made them look. There’s certainly potential for a really good rotation in Arizona, but it might come in 2013 instead of 2012.

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Whats the deal with Josh Collmenter ?

Josh Collmenter had an excellent Rookie season. His 3.38 ERA , (117 ERA+) were very good. His WHIP was an excellent 1.069. He did a great job at keeping runners off base. The underlying...

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Should the D Backs have tried to sign Jose Reyes ?

I've been criticized for criticizing many of the teams recent moves. The crux of my criticism has been that the team has signed a lot of position players and committed a lot of money, but has...

MLB HOMEGROWN What if there were no trades? No waivers, no minor- or major-league free agency?...

MLB HOMEGROWN What if there were no trades? No waivers, no minor- or major-league free agency? Once a player becomes a professional, he stays with his original organization for the duration of his career. In this month-long series, our blog crew will take a look at all 30 team rosters. And, once we're done, well go back and rank them all from worst to first. To track the series, follow us on Twitter @EyeOnBaseball or subscribe to the RSS feed http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/homegrown

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Who will have better 2012 Season, Bauer or Skaggs ?

Simple question: Who will have the better 2012 season, Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs ? By definition, producing anything above replacement level in the majors trumps anything that is done in the...

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Two Super Hot Streaks Define Season So Far

The D Backs season is defined by two super hot streaks.After starting the season 15-22, they reeled off a 15-2 streak to vault into the NL West race.They then played up and down ball for 2 1/2...

MLB Top Historic Collapses

Pretty "cool" table showing biggest collapses of all time. Of course the most famous among them are the 51 Dodgers, the 64 Phillies, but numerically, some came out higher than those. In case you were wondering, the 2008 D Backs clock in at number 59

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Youth will be served

I've been playing around looking at players age 30 and under on our roster and comparing to those 31 or older. I split it that way so that Roberts could be with the "young guys". Arbitrary,...

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Put in a claim on David Wright

I read over at the bullpen that David Wright cleared waivers. Reversing an earlier position I held........I would put in a claim on him.Here is my resoning. 1.) If the Mets just let him go for...

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5th Starter expectations and MIcah Owings

There have been articles in the past at places like The Hardball Times  breaking down pitching numbers by the "number" of the starter.   I think that Jim even covered this as well a year or two...

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Re-Defining the Quality Start

As anyone who has listened to the D Backs broadcasts over the last several years know, there used to be a pretty good natured debate between Daron and Mark over the value of the Quality Start...

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Projected pitching matchup for Philly series

Yeah, I know.....I shouldn't be looking this far out ahead...but I did anyway. Here are the projected starters for the Philly series. August 16th  Saunders vs. Lee August 17th  Kennedy vs.  V...

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Bloomquist's outs on base

For a guy that has no power, doesn't walk, and hits for just a slightly above  lg. avg batting avg, he needs to be doing all the "little things" right.   All these outs on the bases are TOTALLY...

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Why are DBacks playoff Odds so low ?

4 games out does not seem like all that much, right ?   So why does Baseball Prospectus playoff odds report show Arizona with just a 3.6% chance of making the playoffs.  As Jim pointed out the...

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Is the Golden Hour upon the Diamondbacks?

Is the team getting close to promoting slugging 1B Paul Goldscmidt? We look at what the organization may be telling Diamondbacks fans.

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Are the D Backs likely to regress ?

Within a few hours of Buster Posey's injury, an article appeared on Fangraphs: Buster Posey's Injury opens door for Colorado The heartless bast...........oh wait....thats not what this post is...

Why the D backs need to stay hot right now and get over .500 before end of May

Good article here about the odds of winning 90 games if at or below .500 at different points in the season

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