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2010 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2010-articles/december/ Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:16:33 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Diamondbacks Off-Season Recap: The Outfield http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/december/diamondbacks-off-season-recap-the-outfield.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/december/diamondbacks-off-season-recap-the-outfield.html Let's continue our recap of the Diamondbacks offseason with a look at the outfield. The RF and CF spots in the Diamondbacks' outfield are set for 2011 with Justin Upton and Chris Young, but LF is still open, with Xavier Nady, Brandon Allen, and Gerardo Parra battling for playing time.  Nady is the experienced veteran, Allen is the promising young player, and Parra is the defensive specialist - how will the playing time shake out?

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) December Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:34:55 +0000
Diamondbacks Off-Season Recap: The Bullpen http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/december/diamondbacks-off-season-recap-bullpen.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/december/diamondbacks-off-season-recap-bullpen.html The Diamondbacks had many things go wrong in the 2010 season, but without a doubt the biggest problem was the complete collapse of the bullpen.  How bad was the bullpen in 2010?  It was easily the worst in the National League, and probably the worst NL bullpen of the 21st Century. Fortunately, GM Kevin Towers has turned the bullpen over almost completely, led by new closer J.J. Putz and new set-up man David Hernandez. In this article, we'll take a look back at the 2010 bullpen, and a look ahead to the 2011 version.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) December Sat, 18 Dec 2010 05:01:09 +0000
Diamondbacks Off-Season Recap: Starting Pitching http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/december/diamondbacks-off-season-recap-sp.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/december/diamondbacks-off-season-recap-sp.html After a 65-97 record and a last place NL West finish in 2010, new Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers has made several move in the off-season, already bringing in ten new players who could be on the opening day roster.  Most notably, the Diamondbacks traded away 3B Mark Reynolds, and signed closer J.J. Putz. In addition, almost the entire bench and bullpen have been revamped for 2011.

When Towers were hired, he mentioned three areas that he thought needed to be improved, and all three have been addressed to some extent:

* The Bullpen - Finished with an ERA of 5.74, more than one run higher than any other NL team
* The Bench - Pinch hitters hit .225/.289/.279 in 2010, with 20 BB and 82K
* Strikeouts - A major league record 1529 for the team,  breaking the previous mark of 1399 held by the 2001 Brewers. Still, the team's offense finished above average in both Runs Scored and OPS+.

New Additions for 2011:
Starting Pitching - Zach Duke
Bullpen - J.J. Putz, David Hernandez, Joe Paterson, Kam MickolioBrian Sweeney, Juan Jaime (minors)
Catcher - Henry Blanco
Infield - Juan Miranda, Melvin Mora, Geoff Blum
Outfield - Xavier Nady, Wily Mo Pena (minors), David Winfree (minors)

Key Losses from 2010:
Staring Pitching - Brandon Webb, Rodrigo Lopez, Kris Benson
Bullpen - Aaron Heilman, Blaine Boyer, D.J. Carrasco
Infield - Mark Reynolds, Adam LaRoche, Augie Ojeda
Outfield - Ryan Church, Rusty Ryal

In this post, we'll start with a look at the Diamondbacks' starting pitching outlook for 2011.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) December Thu, 16 Dec 2010 05:40:29 +0000
New Home for D'Backs Venom http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/december/new-home-for-dbacks-venom.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/december/new-home-for-dbacks-venom.html Hi,

I am in the process of moving D'Backs Venom over to the Bloguin Network.  New content will be coming in a few days, and the archived content is being transferred over.  Thanks!

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) December Sat, 11 Dec 2010 19:36:43 +0000