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Arizona Diamondbacks Lose Arroyo to the 15 Day DL

June 18th, 2014 at 4:54 PM
By Earl Burnett

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The Arizona Diamond backs have been hit with the injury bug once again to add to their current M.A.S.H unit, Bronson Arroyo has been added to the list of the injured on Monday after suffering a strain right UCL in his right elbow, which will land the 37-year-old right-hander on the 15-day DL.

The pitching rotation already struggling, taking out one of its bright spots will have the team continue their spiral further under the 500 mark. Currently the D-backs are 14 game below 500, which is almost the highest number they have hit all season.

The rotation has suffered a major set back and now the with Arroyo the team turns to Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno to replace him on the roster.

Arroyo has shown that he wants to help the team get out of it's whole by pitching previous games already hurting from this injury that has gotten worse. “I've been beat up for a while," Arroyo said in an interview earlier. "I've pitched the last six times pretty miserable out there, just trying to make it happen with a bit of guts and some mental ability.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Need to Get Dodgers Batters Under Control

June 14th, 2014 at 6:15 PM
By Earl Burnett

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The Arizona Diamondbacks will face off with the Los Angeles Dodgers for game two of the three game series, after the game one loss to Clayton Kershaw (4-3) on Friday night, the D-backs will face Dan Haren (6-4) in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Haren will go up against one of the D-backs best pitchers so far this year in Josh Collmenter (4-3).

Dan Haren has posed a treat to the D-backs all season long, and has pitched efficiently through the D-backs bating line-up. Through 70 games Haren has faced 82 D-backs batters and has only allowed 12 runs on 27 hits among them, of the 82 at bats Haren has only allowed 11 RBI's.

Of all the batters, Chris Owings and Eric Chavez have faired good against Haren, Chavez is perfect (3 of 3) and Owings is (7 of 8) and  should they continue their dominance, that will help give the D-backs a fighting chance to win this game.

Collmenter on the other hand has actually faired better against the Dodgers in his facing of 47 batters, as a team the Dodgers are hitting .255 against Collmenter with Adrian Gonzales most of that percentage with a .600 average.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Reason for Under 500 Struggles

June 14th, 2014 at 2:15 PM
By Earl Burnett

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have shown much improvement sense the start of the regular season where they were once 9-22, sense then the team has climbed the stat chart with excellent improved play in two major categories. The question is why hasn't the improvement translate into more wins.

The D-bakcs are current Major League leaders in batting in the month of June hitting .286 as a team, a great stat, but the percentage has not translated into wining streaks longer than three games all season thus far, and they are struggling continuing to be more than 10 games under 500.

So the problem is looming elsewhere and one would suggest current pitching, but that has also gotten better as the D-backs in the month of May were in the top 10, tied for 9th in the majors. Having 14 wins and 13 losses and an E.R.A of 3.65 as a team.

Both pitching and batting improved, where is the continued 12 game under 500 play attributed to? and the answer is fielding or in other words defense. The D-backs have allowed 68 double plays, 41 stolen bases against them, and 49 errors committed, for an overall 23rd ranking in the majors.

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Arizona Diamondbacks not Getting Much Trade Talk Around the League

June 3rd, 2014 at 12:10 AM
By Earl Burnett

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The trade deadline is months away and the Arizona Diamondbacks have not been mentioned in many trade rumors around the league, a team that has many needs like starting pitching, relief, outfield, and bats.

With so many needs, whom can they put out there as trade bates to get in return talent enough to fill their needs? After looking through many rumors around the league the D-backs popped up in only one, involving two players.

The rumor had the New York Yankees trading for third basemen Martin Prado and relief pitcher Brad Ziegler, offering in return catcher Gary Sanchez, number eight lefty prospect Ian Clarkin, and UTL Yangervis Solarte who is in the top five for batting average.

The D-backs trading Prado would be a cash dump of his big 22 million dollar contract owed over the next two years, and Ziegler would save the team six million.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Have No Representatives in This Years All-Star Game

June 2nd, 2014 at 5:53 PM
By Earl Burnett

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It has been well documented that the Arizona Diamondbacks are not the team that was projected coming out of training camp, and with their 23-36 record and 500 road record and their surprising struggling home record of 9-22 has dug themselves a deep whole to fight out of.

The home record has been the key to a 13 games under 500 season so far, and absolutely not one candidate for the all-star team on the ballet.

The Arizona Diamondbacks had two representatives in the all-star game last year sending their then ace pitcher Patrick Corbin and third basemen slugger Paul Goldschmidt both played in their very first all-star game.

This season the Diamondbacks will not send any pitchers or sluggers to the festivities and it is a shame as the team has some talent that could have had the chance had they not dug such a deep whole with poor play early in the year.

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