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2010 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2010-articles/june/ Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:40:01 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Diamondbacks call up Barry Enright, the starter with the best K/BB ratio in the organization http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-call-up-barry-enright-the-starter-with-the-best-kbb-ratio-in-the-organization.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-call-up-barry-enright-the-starter-with-the-best-kbb-ratio-in-the-organization.html Edwin Jackson's start back a day or two, and call up a minor leaguer to take his place.  The surprise, however, is that the Diamondbacks decided to bypass the AAA starting pitchers and will call up AA starter Barry Enright. Enright, a 24 year old right hander, is having the best season of his young career with the Mobile Bay Bears, currently posting a 4-1 record with a 2.88 ERA. More impressively, Enright has struck out 83 batters in 93.2 IP while walking only 15, giving him an impressive 5.53 K/BB ratio. That ratio is the best in the entire organization for starting pitchers, just ahead of Dan Haren's 5.23. Enright, a 6'-3" 220 lb right handed pitcher,  was a 2nd round pick in 2007 by the Diamondbacks, out of Pepperdine University.  After the draft, he made five starts with Northwest League Yakima, and then was quickly moved up to Midwest League South Bend and then to Visalia in the California League. He spent the entire 2008 season with High A Visalia, and then all of 2009 with AA Mobile. Despite a solid 10-9, 3.98 season in 2009, Enright was again assigned to Mobile for 2010. Despite Enright's decent overall record in 2009, he only struck out 5.9K/9 in 2009, with 2.1 BB/9, a ratio of only 2.78. In 2010, however, Enright has significantly increased his strikeouts while reducing his walks allowed. Limiting walks is a big key to Enright's success. For his career in the minors, he has only walked 1.9 batters per nine  innings. His career strikeout rate of 7.3K/9 is solid, but there are concerns as to whether he can maintain that rate as he advances to the Majors. He doesn't throw very hard, with a fastball around 90 mph, but has excellent command within the strike zone. Although Enright has done an OK job limiting home runs in the minors (career rate of 0.9 HR/9), he has allowed fly balls at around a 40% rate, which is always a concern for pitchers in Chase Field. His overall ground-ball/fly-ball ratio is around 1.0.  Enright has been pitching very well in his last several starts - over his last seven games, he has struck out 51 batters while walking only 5. During this recent stretch, Enright has a 3-0 record with a 2.39 ERA, and has averaged seven innings per start. One other interesting thing about Enright - he is an excellent hitter. This year in AA, Enright is batting .280, and over his minor league career, he has an impressive .356/.406/.542 line in 68 career plate appearances. 2010 Stats: 4-1. 2.88 ERA, 1.025 WHIP, 93.2 IP, 83K, 15 BB, 9 HRA]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:38:08 +0000 Edwin Jackson's start will be skipped; big day for Brandon Allen in AAA http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/edwin-jacksons-start-will-be-skipped-big-day-for-brandon-allen-in-aaa.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/edwin-jacksons-start-will-be-skipped-big-day-for-brandon-allen-in-aaa.html Edwin Jackson will get a few extra days off and will not start on Wednesday against the Cardinals. Most likely, Jackson will instead go on Friday or Saturday against the Dodgers. But who will get the start on Wednesday? Manager A.J. Hinch hasn't named the starter yet, and it may depend on the bullpen usage over the next two games. With Dontrelle Willis scheduled to start on Tuesday, it is likely that the bullpen will be used quite a bit before Wednesday, so a call-up seems likely. So what options do the Diamondbacks have?
  • Kris Benson is still on the DL, and probably needs to start a rehab assignment before he can start in the Majors.
  • Bryan Augenstein started in AAA on Sunday, and is probably not available.
  • Wes Roemer started on Saturday, and would also be on short rest.
  • Kevin Mulvey is the scheduled starter for Reno on Monday night; if Reno skips Mulvey tonight, that would be an indication that he could be Wednesday's call-up.
  • Cesar Valdez is scheduled to be Reno's Tuesday starter. Valdez had a poor start in his last AAA outing, and didn't show much while he was in the Majors.
  • Matt Torra last pitched for Reno on Friday, so Wednesday would be his normal turn. Torra has had a few decent outings in a row, although he still is not getting very many strikeouts. Torra is not on the 40-Man roster right now, but a slot could be opened by moving Clay Zavada to the 60-Day DL.
Brandon Allen Brandon Allen had a big game for AAA Reno on Sunday, collecting three hits, including a grand slam in the 9th inning that brought the Aces to within one run of Salt Lake City. Allen has hit 3 HR with 11 RBI over the last 10 games, and now has brought his season totals up to .265/.419/.500.]]>
amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Mon, 28 Jun 2010 16:32:20 +0000
Edwin Jackson throws No-Hitter while Walking 8 http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/edwin-jackson-throws-no-hitter-while-walking-8.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/edwin-jackson-throws-no-hitter-while-walking-8.html Edwin Jackson threw a very improbable no-hitter on Friday, as the Diamondbacks defeated the Rays 1-0. The remarkable thing about the game is that Jackson got off to a horrible start, and was almost pulled in the 3rd Inning.  For the game, Jackson walked 8 batters and threw a league-high 149 pitches (79 strikes, 70 balls).  The no-hitter was the second in Diamondbacks' history; the first was by Randy Johnson in 2004 against the Braves. Jackson got off to a horrible start.walking two in the first, two in the second, and the first three batters in the third. With the bases loaded and no one out, the Diamondbacks had the bullpen up, and Jackson was probably one batter away from being taken out of the game.  But Jackson got out of the bases-loaded jam in the 3rd, thanks to a shallow fly out, a nice force out at home started by Mark Reynolds, and a ground ball to 2nd. At that point, Jackson had already thrown 68 pitches. After that, Jackson had a perfect 4th and 5th, and gave up only a HBP in the 6th. The 7th inning was perfect for Jackson, and the 8th had only a clear error by Stephen Drew. But that baserunner was erased when Miguel Montero threw out pinch runner Carl Crawford trying to steal 2nd. After 8 innings, Jackson was at 134 pitches, but he came out for the 9th. After striking out B.J. Upton, Jackson got an easy fly out by Hank Blalock, but then walked Willy Aybar.  Jackson then got an easy ground ball from Jason Bartlett for the last out. As far as no-hitters go, Jackson's was not the one with the most walks. In 1965, Jim Maloney walked 10 in a 10 inning no-hitter, and A.J. Burnett had a no-hitter in 2001 with 9 walks. Four pitchers had a no-hitter with 8 walks, including Nolan Ryan in 1974. ]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Sat, 26 Jun 2010 02:13:43 +0000 Diamondbacks Update - May 24, 2010 http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-update-may-24-2010.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-update-may-24-2010.html Starting Pitching: The front four of the starting rotation have been pitching very well of late. After a rough month of May, Dan Haren has a 3.15 ERA in June, with 33K/6BB in 34.1 IP. Ian Kennedy has been consistent all season. He did have one tough start against the Red Sox last week, giving up 6 ER in 6 IP, but that is the only time he has allowed more than 3 ER in his last ten starts. Edwin Jackson has also been solid in June, with a 2.76 ERA over four starts.  Rodrigo Lopez, the #4 starter, has been up and down, but at least has been eating innings and keeping the bullpen away.  Over his last five starts, Lopez has pitched 7 IP three times, and 8 IP twice.  His season ERA is 4.59, which is about as good as the team could have hoped.  The #5 starter is still a problem. Dontrelle Willis has been having major control problems, walking 21 batters in just 17.1 IP as a Diamondback.  In his last start, Willis walked 7 in just 2.1 innings. The Diamondbacks just don't have many other options available, so Willis may get another  chance against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Injured Starters: Brandon Webb threw another 65-pitch session on Wednesday, and said his arm slot is getting more consistent. The next step for Webb is to throw from a full windup. Kris Benson had a second cortisone shot last Friday, and plans to play catch on Saturday before throwing some bullpen sessions. He is still at least a couple of weeks away. Relief Pitching: The bullpen now has an 8-17 record, with a 7.26 ERA. This puts them easily in last place in the league, with the Brewers at #15 at 5.89, and the Astros at #14 at 4.89. Aaron Heilman did get a Save against the Tigers on the 19th, but blew the Save against the Yankees on Wednesday and has allowed runs in his last three appearances. For now, Heilman is still the closer. Newly-acquired Sam Demel is off to a great start, throwing 3.2 IP without allowing a baserunner, while striking out 4. And he has faced tough competition - the Red Sox once and the Yankees twice. Demel is rapidly moving up the bullpen ladder, and could find himself with the closer's job soon. Juan Gutierrez's ERA peaked at 10.31 on June 1st, but he has brought it down to 8.03 with 5.1 scoreless innings. Gutierrez has still been giving up too many hits, but at least he's avoided the walks and home runs for the last two weeks.  Esmerling Vasquez had allowed only 1 ER in 7.1 IP until he gave up 5 runs to the Yankees on Tuesday. Chad Qualls is still not pitching well, but at least his runs allowed per game is moving is the right direction - 4 vs. ATL, 3 vs. STL, 2 vs. DET, and only 1 vs the Yankees on Tuesday. Carlos Rosa has a 6.57 ERA and has walked 8 in 8 IP. Blaine Boyer has only a 3.24 ERA in June since returning from AAA, but has still walked 5 batters in 8 IP while only striking out 2. Infield: The infield still has very good numbers overall, but have all slumped of late. 3B Mark Reynolds has only a .183 AVG in June, although his OPS for the month is still solid at .812. SS Stephen Drew has dropped to a .231 AVG in June, and has only 3 extra-base hits in 86 ABs (.321 SLG). 2B Kelly Johnson has 13 HR on the season, but only one in the month of June. 1B Adam LaRoche has a reputation for heating up as the season progresses, but has seen his OPS go from .954 (April) to .788 (May) to only .704 (June). Tony Abreu is the primary backup infielder, and Augie Ojeda also on the roster. Outfield: CF Chris Young is having his best season, with a career best .338 OBP and .476 SLG. RF Justin Upton is heating up after a slow April, and for the month of  June is hitting .297/.395/.527. In LF, the Diamondbacks are going with a Gerardo Parra/Cole Gillespie platoon. Parra has hit well since returning from AAA, and is at .317/.378/.561 in June. Gillespie was just recalled from Reno after the Jackson/Demel trade, and went 1-5 in his only start, with 3 Ks. Rusty Ryal may see some time in LF or 1B against LHP, but will primarily be used as a pinch hitter. Catchers: Miguel Montero is the primary catcher for the Diamondbacks now, and has been hitting very well at .429/.491/.673. Chris Snyder is now the backup, after hitting only .186 over the last six weeks. AAA Update: There is not much immediate help available at the AAA level for the Diamondbacks.  Top prospect 1B Brandon Allen has shown excellent plate discipline, batting .248/.401/.444 with 37BB/42K in 153 AB, but the team would like to see a better batting average and more power. SS Pedro Ciriaco was selected for the All Star Futures Game, but the defensive whiz needs to hit better than .240/.264/.384 if he wants to be a major leaguer. The two top hitters in Reno are a pair of minor league veterans, Jeff Bailey (age 31, .299/.389/.496) and Doug Deeds (age 29, .291/.388/.478). Both could probably be useful off the bench, but would not be an improvement over the current major league starters.  The AAA starting rotation isn't quite ready to help either. Matt Torra has the best ERA at 4.18, but is only averaging 4.5K/9. Kevin Mulvey has been pitching a little better recently, and has brought his ERA down to 4.83. Mulvey has won three straight decisions, and threw seven shutout innings in his last start. Bryan Augenstein and Wes Roemer both have ERAs over 5 right now, although Augenstein's peripheral stats are decent - 7.6 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 0.6 HR/9. In the bullpen, Jason Urquidez's ERA has climbed to 4.76, T.J. Beam's is up to 5.77, and Daniel Stange is at 6.17. LHP Jordan Norberto has the best ERA in the pen at 3.55, but has 18 BBs in 25.1 IP. Zach Kroenke has started pitching a little better recently, bringing his ERA down to 4.97. AA Update:  SP Joshua Collmenter has done very well at AA (4-1, 1.52 ERA) and may get another try at AAA soon. Barry Enright has also pitched well, with a 2.91 ERA in 13 starts. LHP Wade Miley recently was called up to AA, and threw 7 scoreless IP with 8Ks in his first start. In the AA bullpen, Roque Mercedes and Leyson Septimo continue to strike out over a batter per inning, but still are walking too many batters. Offensively, C Konrad Schmidt is at .318/.352/.484 with 6 HR and 35 RBI, and OF Collin Cowgill leads the team with 44 RBI.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Fri, 25 Jun 2010 16:52:12 +0000 Diamondbacks' Batters Glad to be Back Home http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-batters-glad-to-be-back-home.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-batters-glad-to-be-back-home.html Rank HOME STATS R/G GP R HR BA OBP SLG OPS 1 Arizona 5.42 33 179 49 .272 .356 .486 .843 2 Atlanta 5.42 31 168 30 .280 .363 .437 .800 3 Cincinnati 5.30 40 212 57 .289 .354 .480 .834 4 Colorado 5.26 34 179 40 .280 .354 .465 .818 5 Florida 5.03 38 191 33 .262 .341 .403 .744 6 Philadelphia 4.94 32 158 45 .258 .326 .446 .771 7 St. Louis 4.83 35 169 30 .269 .356 .419 .775 8 NY Mets 4.62 34 157 25 .269 .344 .415 .759 9 Chicago Cubs 4.44 36 160 31 .270 .336 .416 .752 10 LA Dodgers 4.44 36 160 29 .277 .341 .420 .762 11 San Francisco 4.44 36 160 34 .267 .334 .430 .764 12 San Diego 4.38 39 171 28 .255 .335 .374 .709 13 Milwaukee 4.13 30 124 38 .243 .325 .411 .736 14 Washington 4.09 33 135 28 .277 .346 .431 .776 15 Houston 3.46 37 128 25 .238 .288 .355 .643 16 Pittsburgh 3.40 35 119 19 .237 .318 .354 .671 National League 4.60 35 161 34 .265 .339 .421 .760 The Diamondbacks lead the league with 5.42 Runs/Game at home, and also have the highest home SLG (.486) and OPS (.843). Unfortunately, the offense really slips on the road, dropping to only 4.05 Runs/Game, which ranks #11. The team batting average drops from .272 to .233, and the OPS drops from .843 to .678.
AWAY STATS R/G GP R HR BA OBP SLG OPS
Milwaukee 5.38 39 210 45 .271 .344 .443 .787
LA Dodgers 4.88 33 161 24 .254 .327 .392 .719
Atlanta 4.51 39 176 26 .252 .345 .370 .714
NY Mets 4.40 35 154 33 .247 .305 .385 .690
Florida 4.29 31 133 32 .255 .312 .407 .719
Philadelphia 4.29 35 150 23 .255 .330 .388 .718
Washington 4.27 37 158 33 .239 .309 .376 .685
Cincinnati 4.17 30 125 26 .253 .323 .399 .722
San Francisco 4.16 32 133 26 .259 .329 .392 .721
Chicago Cubs 4.06 33 134 35 .249 .319 .396 .716
Arizona 4.05 37 150 33 .233 .305 .373 .678
St. Louis 4.03 34 137 37 .252 .313 .401 .714
San Diego 3.90 30 117 22 .240 .300 .363 .663
Colorado 3.77 35 132 28 .233 .308 .363 .671
Houston 3.27 33 108 15 .227 .279 .310 .589
Pittsburgh 3.21 34 109 28 .238 .293 .367 .660
National League 4.21 34 143 29 .247 .315 .383 .698
Individually, the Diamondbacks with the largest home/road splits are Kelly Johnson (Home OPS 1.163/Road OPS.673), Chris Young (1.053/.636), and Mark Reynolds (.949/.657). The only Diamondbacks with solid road stats so far are Justin Upton (.787) and Adam LaRoche (.785).]]>
amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Tue, 22 Jun 2010 04:38:12 +0000
Diamondback Pitching Updates - Sam Demel and Brandon Webb http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondback-pitching-updates-sam-demel-and-brandon-webb.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondback-pitching-updates-sam-demel-and-brandon-webb.html Sam Demel and Brandon Webb.  Sam Demel, acquired from the Oakland A's for Conor Jackson, made his major league debut against the Red Sox with a perfect 8th inning. Demel faced three solid hitters in J.D. Drew, Adrian Beltre, and Mike Cameron, and retired them on a ground ball to second, an easy fly ball to right, and a strikeout, respectively.  Demel only had to throw 13 pitches in the inning, 9 strikes and 4 balls. He threw mostly fastballs and sliders, with the fastball consistently hitting 94 mph, with one pitch as high as 96. His slider was typically in the low-to-mid 80s, and he obtained two called strikes with it, as well as a swinging strike on Cameron for strike three. Overall, it was an excellent debut for Demel - a low pressure situation, but the results were as good as the team could have hoped. This should lead the team to use Demel in higher leverage situations as the season progresses. The other positive news for the Diamondbacks is that pitcher Brandon Webb threw 75 pitches off a mound Wednesday. Webb started off slowly, but by the end of the session, he was pleased. "I went from being kind of discouraged to it went real good and I was real happy with it," said Webb. Webb threw mostly from a stretch-type position rather than a full windup on Wednesday, and will play catch over the next few days before another bullpen session over the weekend. He's still quite far from returning to the Diamondbacks' rotation, but at least he's throwing off the mound again.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Thu, 17 Jun 2010 05:17:00 +0000 Diamondbacks acquire RHP Sam Demel from A's for Conor Jackson http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-acquire-rhp-sam-demel-from-as-for-conor-jackson.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-acquire-rhp-sam-demel-from-as-for-conor-jackson.html Conor Jackson to the A's for pitcher Sam Demel. Demel, 24, is a right-handed reliever who has a 2-0 record for AAA Sacramento, with a 1.26 ERA and 28K/9BB in 28.2 IP. Demel also avoids the home run ball, allowing only 1 HR all season, and only 10 in his minor league career (180.2 IP). For his career, Demel has a 2.79 ERA in the minors, and has averaged 10.0 strikeouts per 9 innings. He has had occasional problems with control - in 2009, he walked 21 in 32.1 IP, and his career rate is 4.5BB/9 IP. So far in 2010, his control has been much better (2.8BB/9 IP). For his career, Demel has a groundball rate of 54% in the minors, and has been tough on both right-handed (.215 AVG) and left-handed batters (.233 AVG). Demel should be given a prominent role in the Diamondbacks bullpen immediately. Sam Demel was a 3rd round pick for the A's in the 2007 draft, out of Texas Christian University. Demel throws his 2-seam fastball in the low 90s, and also has a good changeup and a slider.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Tue, 15 Jun 2010 17:11:48 +0000 How Many Games has the Bullpen Cost the Diamondbacks? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/how-many-games-has-the-bullpen-cost-the-diamondbacks.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/how-many-games-has-the-bullpen-cost-the-diamondbacks.html Green = Save; Red = Bad Blown Save and Loss; Blue = Bullpen Loss; Pink = Close Deficit turned into Large One
Gm Opp Score Bullpen Comment
1 SD W 6-3 Howry gives up 2 in the 9th
2 SD L 3-6 Bullpen allows 3 of 6 runs
3 SD W 5-3 Bullpen throws 4 scoreless innings
4 PIT W 9-1 3 more scoreless innings for the pen
5 PIT L 3-6 Haren allows all of the runs
6 PIT W 15-6 Howry again allows 2 runs in the 9th
7 LAD L 5-9 Vasquez allows 3 runs to put game out reach
8 LAD W 9-7 Boyer/Qualls each blow a Save , but team wins
9 LAD L 5-6 Heilman/Qualls each blow Save, Boyer takes L
10 SD L 3-6 Guti. blows Save and gaves up 4 runs in the 9th
11 SD L 0-5 Norberto allows 3 in 7th to put game out of reach
12 SD L 3-5 Heilman/Guti. allows 5 runs to blow 2-run lead
13 STL L 2-4 Boyer and Qualls each allow run in 8th and 9th
14 STL W 9-7 3 Scoreless innings from the bullpen
15 STL L 4-9 Qualls and Howry allow 5 runs in the 9th
16 PHI W 7-4 Bullpen holds on to a 4 run lead
17 PHI L 2-3 Gutierrez gives up a run in the 9th to lose
18 PHI W 8-6 3 Scoreless innings from the bullpen
19 COL W 5-3 Qualls puts the tying runs on, but gets the Save
20 COL L 1-12 Bullpen only allows 2 runs in 5 IP
21 COL W 12-11 Rosales gives up 7 ER, but rest of pen is very good
22 CHC W 13-5 Bullpen only needs to throw 1 IP behind Kenendy
23 CHC L 5-11 5 runs in 2 IP lets this game get out of hand
24 CHC L 5-7 Howry/Gutierrez each give up 2 to blow win
25 CHC L 5-10 Bullpen only allows 2 ER in 4 IP
26 HOU W 9-1 4 Scoreless IP for the pen
27 HOU W 1-0 Gutierrez and Qualls preserve Kennedy's 1-0 win
28 HOU L 2-4 Gutierrez gives up another walk-off HR
29 HOU W 6-3 Haren with the Complete Game
30 MIL L 2-3 2 Scoreless IP for the bulpen
31 MIL L 3-17 Bullpen gives up 10 runs
32 MIL L 1-6 Vasquez gives up 4 ER, turning 2-1 deficit into 6-1
33 LAD L 3-7 Howry gives up 3 in the 9th, from 4-2 to 7-2
34 LAD L 3-13 Bullpen gives up 9 runs, turning game into a rout
35 LAD L 3-6 2.1 scoreless IP for the bullpen
36 ATL L 5-6 Gutierrez and Qualls each get a blown save
37 ATL W 11-1 Only 1 IP for the 'pen
38 ATL L 1-13 6 more ER for the bullpen, but game already over
39 FLA W 5-1 Again, only 1 IP for the 'pen
40 FLA L 0-8 Rivera gives up 5 ER, turning 2-0 into 7-0 deficit
41 SFG W 13-1 Again, only 1 IP for the 'pen
42 SFG W 8-7 Only 1 ER in 4 IP; Wfor Heilman and S for Qualls
43 TOR W 8-6 Gutierrez gives up 2 in the 9th, but Qualls gets Sv
44 TOR W 8-5 Qualls gets his 3rd straight save
45 TOR L 4-12 Bullpen gives up 4 runs in 5 IP
46 COL L 2-3 3 Scoreless innings from the bullpen
47 COL L 3-7 Gutierrez gives up 3 ER to put game out of reach
48 COL L 2-8 Bullpen only used for 1.2 IP
49 SFG L 0-5 Qualls gives up 2 ER in pen's only inning
50 SFG L 1-12 Rivera and Vasquez give up 5 ER in the last 2 inn.
51 SFG L 5-6 Qualls blows the Save, Rosa takes the walk-off L
52 LAD L 4-5 Vasquez balks in the winning run
53 LAD L 0-1 Gutierrez gives up walkoff HR to Kemp
54 LAD L 0-1 Bullpen has 4 good IP, but Valdez takes L in 10th
55 COL W 7-6 3 Scoreless IP, and Qualls get the win
56 COL W 4-3 Bullpen gives up 3 ER in 3 IP, but Qualls gets Save
57 COL L 2-3 2 Scoreless IP from Valdez
58 ATL W 7-4 Good outing for the 'pen; Save for Qualls
59 ATL L 5-7 Vasquez and Gutierrez each allow 1 ER for the loss
60 ATL W 2-1 Qualls picks up his 12th Save
61 ATL L 7-11 Qualls gives up 4 ER in the 9th for the loss
62 STL L 2-5 2 Scoreless IP for the bulpen
63 STL W 7-2 1 Scoreless IP from Heilman
64 STL W 7-5 Qualls and Vasquez blow the Save, but team wins
Obviously, a bullpen cannot be expected to hold onto every lead. But some blown saves are particularly bad. The team has a total of 12 Blown Saves for the season, but the 6 games marked in red are ones that the Diamondbacks had a very high probability of winning, but didn't. In the first red game (Game 9), both Aaron Heilman and Chad Qualls blew  separate 2-run leads, before Blaine Boyer took the loss in the 10th. The next day, Game 10, Juan Gutierrez first allowed the tying run in the 9th, and then later gave up a walk-off HR to Chase Headley. In Game 12, the bullpen again blew a late 2-run lead to the Padres. In Game 24, the bullpen blew a 2-run lead, and then gave up 2 more for the loss. In Game 36, Qualls again blew the save, and followed that up by also taking the Loss. Finally, in Game 54, the Diamondbacks bullpen allowed 1 run in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to blow the Save, and then Carlos Rosa took the loss in the 10th. In addition to these 6 games that the Diamondbacks probably should have won, there are 8 more games in which the team was in a tie situation, but the bullpen blew the game and took the loss.  These games are marked in Blue. Some of these were particularly bad, such as Game 15, where the bullpen turned a 4-4 tie in the 9th into a sure loss by allowing 5 runs. Also marked in Blue are a pair of walk-off losses to the Dodgers, including the balk-off loss by Esmerling Vasquez followed by the walk-off HR allowed by Juan Gutierrez to Matt Kemp (Games 52 and 53). Finally, marked in the pink/purple color are 11 more games where the bullpen turned a small deficit into an almost sure loss.  Putting all of this together, there are 6 bad blown saves, 8 blown ties, and 11 games that got of hand.  Clearly, not all of these should be Diamondback wins, but given the team's offense, I think a safe estimate is that the Diamondbacks could have won 8-10 more games with a league-average bullpen. Conclusion With an ERA of 7.33 and 12 blown saves, the Diamondbacks' bullpen has been a nightmare all season. A league-average bullpen would have allowed around 64 fewer runs, which would add 6 more games to the win column. This would have turned the 26-38 record to a respectable 32-32. Looking at the game-by-game breakdown, the bullpen performance appears even worse. There were 6 particularly bad blown saves, and 8 more games where the bullpen turned a tie game into a loss. 11 more times a close game was turned into a blowout. Combining all of this, I estimate the bullpen has already cost the team around 9 wins, so the Diamondbacks could have been 35-29 with an average bullpen. This would have put them right in the middle of the NL West race.

* Analysis has shown that an exponent of 1.83 is more accurate than 2, but for simplicity, we will use two here.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:57:13 +0000
Diamondbacks Sign Draft Picks Robby Rowland and Adam Eaton http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-sign-draft-picks-robby-rowland-and-adam-eaton.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-sign-draft-picks-robby-rowland-and-adam-eaton.html decision is that he will get to play with his older brother Richie, who was an undrafted catcher out of Campbellsville University. Richie and Robby will both report to Rookie League Mizzoula on Tuesday. Adam Eaton was drafted in the 19th round after his junior season at Miami, Ohio, and has decided to skip his senior year and sign a pro contract. Eaton will fly to Phoenix on Saturday for a physical, and then will be assigned to either Yakima or Mizzoula. Yakima's season begins on June 18, while Mizzoula starts on June 21.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Fri, 11 Jun 2010 21:58:54 +0000 Diamondbacks 2010 Draft Review http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-2010-draft-review.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/june/diamondbacks-2010-draft-review.html Top 200, or for those that were ranked among the top players in their state. Other excellent resources for the draft are Andy Seiler's MLB Bonus Baby and John Sickels' Minor League Ball. 1. Barret Loux, RHP, Texas A&M, 6-5, 220 (BA #35) Drafted earlier than most expected. Has a solid fastball and a nice easy delivery, but needs to work on secondary pitches. Struck out 136 in 104 IP and led team to NCAA Regionals. More on Loux can be found in this article. 2. James (J.R.) Bradley, RHP, Nitro HS, West Virginia, 6-4, 185 (BA #162) Also picked earlier than many thought, but was moving up draft boards. Already throws in the low 90s, and is projected to see a velocity increase. Bradley went 13-0 with a 0.61 ERA, and led his team to the West Virginia AAA State championship. Has very good control for a HS pitcher. Committed to NC State, but should sign with the Diamondbacks. 3. Robert Rowland, RHP, Cloverdale HS, California, 6-6, 210  (BA #71) Another projection righthander, Rowland is the son of former MLB catcher Rich Rowland. Throws a fastball in the low 90s along with a split-finger, curve, change, and cutter.  Rowland went 7-1 with a 0.32 ERA in his senior year, with 117 strikeouts in 65 IP. Outstanding HS basketball player. Committed to Oregon, but should sign with the Diamondbacks. 4. Kevin Munson, RHP, James Madison Univ., 6-2, 200 (BA #82) Closer in college who went 8-1 with 10 Saves. Has a low 90s fastball and a hard slider. Struck out 61 in 43 IP, and can go multiple innings. Expected to move rapidly through the system. More on Munson here. 5. Cody Wheeler, LHP, Coastal Carolina, 5-11, 165 (BA #7 in SC, ~ #225) Went 26-1 and has led Coastal Carolina to the NCAA Super Regionals.. Polished pitcher and a good athlete, but not great upside. 6. Blake Perry, RHP, The Pendleton School, Kentucky, 6-5, 190 (BA #71 in FLA) Another tall, projectible, high school right hander. Already throwing in the low 90s. Most expected him to be drafted later. Committed to Kentucky. 7. Jeffrey Shields, RHP, Chattahoochee Valley CC, 6-3, 205 (BA #7 in ALA) Moved from closer as a freshman to a starter, and went 12-1 with 1.37 ERA and 92 Ks in 85 IP.  Committed to Georgia, but is expected to sign. 8. Tyler Green, RHP, Brazoswood HS, Texas, 6-1, 175 (BA #120) Throws in the low to mid 90s, and has a good curve. Also an excellent hitter, and would play SS/3B  in addition to pitching at TCU if he decides to go to college. May be a tough sign. 9. Zachary Walters, SS, Univ. San Diego, 6-3, 193 (BA #87 in CAL) First non-pitcher selected by the D’Backs. Good fielder, but had a rough year with the bat (.252 AVG), perhaps due to a thumb injury. 10. Kawika Emsley-Pai, C, Lewis-Clark St., 5-11, 195 (BA #2 in Upper Rockies) Was HS teammate of Travis Snider, and began career at U.Texas. Injuries moved him out of CF, and then kept him from catching regularly last year. 11. Michael Freeman, SS, Clemson, 6-0, 170 Was drafted in 36th Round in 2009 by D’Backs, but returned for his senior year.  Batted .330 with 8 HR, and is leading his team to the NCAA Super Regionals. 12. Blake Cooper, RHP, Univ. South Carolina, 5-10, 188 (BA #16 in SC) Went 10-1 in tough SEC and led conference in IP and was 5th in ERA. Has several solid pitches with good command, but only throws his fastball around 89-90 mph. 13. Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Amherst Regional HS, 6-3, 190 (BA #178) One of the top high school prospects in the Northeast, Ziomek has a good fastball and a variety of other pitches. There are some concerns about his delivery, and it will be difficult to sign him away from his Vanderbilt commitment. 14. Ty Linton, CF, Charlotte Christian School, North Carolina, 6-3, 210 (BA #110) Linton has the potential to be a star, with great raw power and speed. However, Linton is also an excellent football player, and is expected to play both linebacker and corner outfielder for North Carolina next year. His baseball skills are still raw, but there is a lot of upside with Linton. 15. Michael Bolsinger, RHP, Univ. Arkansas, 6-2, 200 (BA #8 in ARK) Not great numbers during his senior year at Arkansas (4.77 ERA), but a solid arm who should sign quickly. Others of Note: 17. Derek Eitel, RHP, Rose-Hulman Univ., 6-5, 205 (BA #9 in IND) Holds all major QB passing records at Div III Rose-Hulman, and also a pitcher who throws in the low 90s with a slider, changeup, and split-finger fastball. 19. Adam Eaton, OF, Miami (Oh.),  5-10, 165 (BA #11 in OH) Hit .368 and led conference in steals (30) and triples (9). Good speed and defense, but may be limited by size. May decide to return for senior year of college. 23. Robert Padilla, LHP, Ohlone College, CA, 6-2, 180 (BA #104 in CAL) Led team to 2010 California Community College championship, including 6 no-hit innings in the playoffs. Has a good changeup and decent fastball. Committed to San Jose State, and may be tough to sign.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) June Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:33:15 +0000