756 2011 NL West Preview : 1st Day = DBacks

Posted on February 23, 2011 by

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756sports is having an exclusive National League West preview and our projections. Over the next 5 days we will have an article on each team in the division released daily. The first team we will feature are those snakes in the grass from AZ, the Diamondbacks.  Don’t look for them to win the division or be in the hunt, however, they got young talent, and multiple picks in the 1st round this year, and seem to always randomly drop double digits on teams when they are hitting. Streaky, young, but an overall lack  of talent will make them doormats of the NL west again this year.

Arizona Diamondbacks Roster: New Acquisitions=*

Probable Starting Rotation:

D. Hudson : 7-1 ERA 1.69

B. Enright : 6-7 ERA 3.91

Z. Duke :  8-15 ERA 5.72

J. Saunders : 3-7 ERA 4.25

I. Kennedy :  9-10 ERA 3.8

A. Galarraga : 4-9 ERA 4.49 * got robbed of that perfect game

Probable Lineup:

1. Justin Upton : .273 17Hrs

2. Stephen Drew : .278 15Hrs

3. Kelly Johnson : .284. 26 HRs

4. Chris Young : .257 27 HRs

5. Xavier Nady * : .256 6HRs

6. Melvin Mora *: .285 7HRs

7. Geoff Blum : .267 2HRs

8. Miguel Montero : .266 9HRs

Notable Bullpen:

J. Putz (closer) * : 7-5, 3 SV, 2.83 ERA, 65 SO

J. Gutierrez – 0-6 . 15 SV, 5.08 ERA. Bro fucking sucks.

Overview Grades :

Starting Rotation: C-

Bullpen: C

Lineup: A-

Overall: C+

Status:

Last year the Diamondbacks solidified their spot as the worst team in the west with terrible pitching, defense, and a shoddy lineup that produced in bunches. The only glimmer of hope came from Chris Young and Kelley Johnson, whose combined homeruns totaled 53 at the season’s end. In short, it will take a great deal of improvement to get the D’backs back to the Luis Gonzalez glory days.

What they’ve done:

“Towers was certainly active at the Winter Meetings, adding much-needed relief help in Putz (two years, $10 million) and two young arms the team acquired in the deal that sent Reynolds to Baltimore. Towers also added a left-handed pitcher, Joe Paterson, in the Rule 5 Draft. The D-backs shed not only payroll in the Reynolds deal, but also his strikeouts.

The D-backs will use Melvin Mora (two years, $4 million) at third base. Towers also addressed the bench, signing Geoff Blum for two years to give Gibson some options. Last week, the D-backs signed backup catcher Henry Blanco, who played well for Towers in 2009 when both were with the Padres. Towers also tabbed another former Padre, Xavier Nady, to play first base and left field.

Left to do:

Make no mistake, Towers isn’t finished with his roster overall. Even with the reliever additions, don’t be surprised if Towers keeps trolling for arms. Also, he could add a piece or two for the bench.

Towers, who had a reputation during his days as general manager in San Diego of finding bullpen gems on the cheap, has overhauled a bad bullpen, adding Putz and what he thinks are two quality young arms in David Hernandez and Kameron Mickolio in the Reynolds deal. If this team looks a lot different than the one that finished 26 games out of first place in the NL West in 2009, well, it’s supposed to.

“I don’t see us being at the bottom of the division next year if we had to field the club as it is right now,” Towers said. “I don’t.” – ya ok bro….

-don, DZ

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