Diamondbacks Update – Week of July 25
Well, one way to get off to a great start after the All-Star break
is to get out the brooms at home. During a three-game set against the Cubs, the Diamondbacks did a little bit of everything,
bringing down all three wins to get their second half of the season started on a high note. With some recent winning stints,
the Diamondbacks are now smack in the middle of the N.L. West and have been showing some major signs as they look to claw
their way back into the playoff picture. Though they still have some work to do, fans are optimistic that they can do exactly
that as their pitching staff shows improvement and their lineup is coming to life.
To seal the deal on the three-game
sweep it was Josh Collmenter, who has shown some flashes of brilliance throughout the season and turned in another gem on
July 20 against the Cubs. Collmenter went seven strong innings, letting up just one earned run to improve his record on the
season to 8-5. The only blemish on the night for Collmenter was a solo homer for Anthony Rizzo, who has been on an absolute
tear since the All-Star break
Though the D-Backs then lost a couple of tough games to the Tigers, one of the top teams
in the American League, they also pulled it together for a tight win in the middle of the series, edging the Tigers 5-4 with
some clutch pitching and a timely hit from Miguel Montero, who put the D-Backs up late with a two-run go-ahead single in the
eighth. The Diamondbacks will need to string together a few more winning streaks heading down the home stretch of the season,
but the Diamondbacks have the talent and will be looking to keep up the momentum that they've started to build after the All-Star
Diamondbacks Update – Week of July 18
Fans around the league got a really good glimpse at
the future of the Diamondbacks during the All-Star Game, as Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero were both front and center.
Though once a well-kept secret, Paul Goldschmidt now looks like one of the very best young players in the league, as he made
a couple of nice defensive plays during the Midsummer Classic and commentators marveled at his gaudy stats for the first half
of the season. It wasn't exaggeration either, as Goldschmidt led the D-Backs across the board in the first half, belting 16
homers, driving in 61 runs, hitting.308 and keeping an on-base percentage of.400 – all marks of an extremely good all-around
hitter who only seems to get better.
While it was Goldschmidt's second straight All-Star appearance, it was also the
second appearance for catcher Miguel Montero, who was also selected in 2011. Montero is one of the leading run-producers in
the league for his position and is noted as a very good defensive catcher to boot, giving the D-Backs a rock behind the plate
as they head into the second half looking to make their move in the N.L. West. Though it hasn't all gone to plan so far this
season, the Diamondbacks have shown some big-time flashes of excellence, giving fans plenty of reasons for optimism as they
look to get back into the mix.
The Diamondbacks will also start the second half with a nice home stand that will pit
them up against the Cubs and then the Tigers, with the Detroit matchup serving as a nice challenge considering the power in
their lineup. Then it will be onto a road trip that will take them to both Philly and Cincinnati before coming home to wrap
up July and start the month of August against the Pirates. As Goldschmidt looks to continue moving up the leaderboard in major
offensive categories, the Diamondbacks should be a team to keep an eye on during the second half.
Update – Week of July 11
Look out for Paul Goldschmidt. Along with his second straight All-Star selection, Goldschmidt
has simply continued to absolutely rake in the heart of the D-Backs' order, showing that he's one of the very best power hitters
in the entire league and a guy who can help a team win in a variety of different ways. More and more, Goldschmidt is also
showing that he can come up with a clutch hit, which he did by smacking a game-winning two-run double in the bottom of the
10th against the Marlins recently, helping them edge Miami 4-3 and deliver one of the best moments of the season for the Diamondbacks.
those type of moments seem to be coming with more and more regularity for Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt was absolutely on fire
in July, holding a ridiculous on-base percentage of.459 while driving in 15 runs, and so far in July he's been even better.
Through his first nine games of the month, Goldschmidt had already knocked in eight runs while hitting.469 for the month and
getting on base at a.565 clip. Even if Goldschmidt can't keep that production in the month (because no one can), he's looking
like a bona fide superstar who is growing in confidence from one at-bat to the next.
In addition to Goldschmidt, you
also can't downplay the contribution of Miguel Montero, as the smooth-swinging catcher has been far and away the most productive
hitting catcher in the league so far, knocking in 52 runs in his first 83 games on the season. Put them together and the Diamondbacks
have some great all-around hitters in the heart of their lineup, giving them a chance to win no matter who takes the bump
against them. And with Goldschmidt only seeming to get better and better, the sky seems to be the limit in terms of his overall
potential as one of the game's premier hitters.
Diamondbacks Update – Week of July 4
One of the
players who continues to be one of the most valuable on the roster is Josh Collmenter, who has come on strong in 2014 by pitching
both in the rotation and out of the bullpen to give the Diamondbacks a major spark. Overall, Collmenter has been leading the
team in ERA for much of the season and also ranks up there with Bronson Arroyo for the most wins on the team, providing plenty
of reasons for the Diamondbacks to believe they still have a real shot in the N.L. West. It won't be easy, but there is plenty
of baseball still left to be played, though the D-Backs would love to head into the All-Star break playing some of their best
baseball of the season.
You also can't downplay the contribution of some key components of the bullpen, with both Addison
Reed and Brad Ziegler having some great moments in the first half of the season. With Reed hammering down almost all of the
chances he's gotten this season, the Diamondbacks have some confidence brewing in the bullpen, though it obviously helps to
have the contributions of Ziegler as well. Leading the team in holds with a WHIP hovering near 1.00, Ziegler has been electric
late in the game for the Diamondbacks, helping them pull out some tight wins in the process.
The Diamondbacks will be
looking to take their game to the next level as they move closer to the halfway point too, and they'll have plenty of opportunities
to show what they're capable of. After a road series against the Pirates and another one against the Braves, the Diamondbacks
will come back to Phoenix to take on the Marlins, though they'll close out the first half with a road series in San Francisco.
Though it hasn't completely gone according to the plan this season, the Diamondbacks have also showed some major ability in
the first half as well, and fans will be watching to see if they can keep the wins coming after the Midsummer Classic.
Diamondbacks Update – Week of June 27
This might just be the year of Paul Goldschmidt, with the All-Star
Game starting to look like more and more of a done deal. With a major voting lead on Dodgers' first baseman Adrian Gonzalez,
Goldschmidt is in line to potentially be the first All-Star Game field position starter since Luis Gonzalez, who did exactly
that all the way back in 2001. But even though it's been a while, Goldschmidt is having the type of season that fans are rewarding
in a very big way, as the power-hitting right-hander is proving to be a lot more than just a guy who can swing for the fences.
Building a reputation around the league as a complete hitter, Goldschmidt is looking like the type of guy who can win an MVP
at some point, not just make it to the All-Star Game.
Goldschmidt's good play definitely doesn't stop in the batter's
box, however, as his reputation as a defensive standout is also growing in a big way. Praised for his hard work and dedication
on both sides of the ball, Goldschmidt has shown that he's the total package at first base, giving the Diamondbacks a major
piece to build around as they look to make some more noise in the N.L. West. Overall, the D-Backs' slugger is leading the
team in batting average, hits, homers RBIs and on-base percentage, cementing him as a rock in the heart of the lineup.
Goldschmidt continuing to swing a hot stick, the rest of the Diamondbacks will be looking to pick up a little momentum as
they hope to wrap up the first half of the season on a high note. After three games in San Diego against the rival Padres,
the D-Backs will continue on the road to both Pittsburgh and Atlanta before finally returning to Phoenix to take on Miami.
The Diamondbacks will then wrap up the first half of the season with a road series against the Giants, where they'll get a
chance to redeem themselves after a tough recent series loss to San Francisco.
Diamondbacks Update – Week
of June 20
Fans around Phoenix have had a great time watching slugger Paul Goldschmidt develop before their very eyes,
as the power-hitting right-hander has shown that he's the type of guy who could win an MVP someday. After a very good April
and May, Goldschmidt has taken his season to the next level by mashing some more in June, helping to make him one of the most
productive hitters in the entire league in the process. With a two-run bomb recently in Los Angeles, Goldschmidt knocked in
his 50th run of the season and his average is still well above.300, showing that his approach at the plate is a lot more effective
than just swinging for the fences and hoping for the best.
With Goldschmidt continuing to show his ability to be a complete
hitter, the Diamondbacks have also seen some other players step up as well, including Miguel Montero. Montero struggled a
bit in May but has come roaring back to life in June, with his average for the month also above.300 and the RBIs coming more
and more often. Montero is already up to 40 RBIs for the season and he's showing that he can provide some major protection
for Goldschmidt in the heart of the lineup.
It hasn't only been about the timely hitting, however, as Bronson Arroyo
has shown that he still has plenty left in the tank during his recent winning streak, which has pushed his record to 7-4.
Though Arroyo will have to show that he can come back from injury, D-Backs' fans have been enjoying seeing him take his game
to the next level while consistently putting the Diamondbacks in position to win. The rest of the rotation will have to step
up with Arroyo on the mend, but with a talented offense starting to click and some other pitchers looking to turn the corner,
the D-Backs are confident that their best baseball is still ahead of them in 2014.
Diamondbacks Update –
Week of June 13
The Diamondbacks haven't been able to completely live up to their potential so far this year, but they've
also shown some big-time signs and there is plenty of baseball left to be played, which is a great combination as fans eagerly
anticipate the D-Backs making a move in the N.L. West. With a potent lineup and a pitching staff that could be on the verge
of turning the corner, the Diamondbacks have a lot of fight in them despite the rough start to the season, and nobody would
be surprised to see them pick up some momentum and make it difficult on the rest of the division much sooner than later.
of the bright spots from June, of course, has been Bronson Arroyo, who struggled about earlier in the season but won his first
two starts in June. Arroyo really brought it together on June 10 against the Astros, as he dominated them over seven innings
and let up just one earned run, which proved to be more than enough to pull down the win and move his record to 6-4 on the
season. As his career has shown many times, once Arroyo starts clicking on the mound, he can carve up any lineup in the league,
and the Diamondbacks would love to see him continue to pick up speed as he looks to keep the wins coming.
most impressive player so far this season, though, has been Paul Goldschmidt, who isn't just the team MVP at this point but
is a legitimate threat for the N.L. MVP as well. With an average over.300 and an RBI total among the league leaders, Goldschmidt
has been a rock in the heart of the order so far this season for the Diamondbacks, helping to give them a chance to win every
time they take to the diamond. The Diamondbacks have their work cut out for them coming up with a road trip to take on the
Dodgers and then a home stand against the division-leading Brewers and Giants, but the Diamondbacks have the big-time hitters
already and some more timely pitching could get them right back into the mix.
Diamondbacks Update – Week
of June 6
The Diamondbacks showed what they're capable of in a big way recently, as they headed to Colorado for a highly
anticipated divisional rivalry series and came out of the gate swinging in a big way. After winning the series opener, handing
Jorge De La Rosa a rare loss, the Diamondbacks took it to the next level by smashing the Rockies 16-8, notching their second
game of 15 runs or more this season. In the game, their top five hitters all tallied three hits and their top six all had
at least two, making one of the biggest offensive explosions that any team has had this season.
With the series win
against the Rockies, it also marked the third series win out of four, showing that the D-Backs are starting to pull it together
as they move closer to the rest of the teams in the N.L. West. The D-Backs now in the top 10 in the league in batting average
and are showing some major signs of life throughout their lineup, making for plenty of wild games from one series to the next.
One of the biggest contributors, of course, has been A.J. Pollack, who leads the team in batting average, while Paul Goldschmidt
tops the team in most of the power-hitting categories.
On the mound, the D-Backs have also had some major success recently,
with Josh Collmenter giving them a significant boost in their rotation. Collmenter hasn't lost a decision since mid-April
and has been a major part of helping to change the momentum of the Diamondbacks' season. With a nice upcoming home stand against
the Braves and then the Astros, the Diamondbacks are hoping to keep the offensive bursts coming as they continue to turn it
around this season. If they can show some consistency from one series to the next, which they have in recent weeks, the Diamondbacks
should be able to prove that this division is a long way from wrapped up this season.
Diamondbacks Update –
Week of May 16
The Diamondbacks are starting to show some major promise in recent weeks, as they've shown they can
take care of business on the road by winning series against both the red hot Brewers and the White Sox. With a little bit
of momentum, the Diamondbacks have turned the page from a disappointing first month of the season and now are looking to get
right back into the mix and make a move up the N.L. West standings. The upcoming schedule also yields plenty of opportunity,
as the D-Backs will take on division rival Los Angeles at home before heading back on the road again, where they'll take on
the Cardinals in St. Louis and then the Mets in New York.
Of course, the D-Backs haven't seen success in recent weeks
just out of nowhere, as they've had various players really starting to round into form. It helps that Paul Goldschmidt is
in the middle of the lineup, as the smooth-swinging right-hander is now back amongst the leaders in the National League in
terms of run production. Leading the team with seven dingers, 26 RBIs and 55 homers in his first 42 games of the season, Goldschmidt
has been showing that he can do a lot more than just swing for the fences, living up to the hype in the process.
arguably the biggest reason for the D-Backs strong May has been Bronson Arroyo, who shook off a rough start to the season
by winning three straight games to start May. Arroyo even had his best game of the season on May 13, when he dominated the
Nationals at home by throwing a complete game while letting up just one run and striking out seven, lowering his ERA to 4.15
and improving his record to 4-2. With a potent lineup and a pitching rotation coming together nicely, the Diamondbacks are
looking to keep the turnaround going.
Diamondbacks Update – Week of May 9
Even though the D-Backs
have had a few ups and downs so far this season, they've been flashing their muscle in a big way in recent weeks, taking down
five out of seven at one point and starting to get the team rolling in the right direction. With road series wins against
both the Padres and the league-leading Brewers, the D-Backs suddenly have found the winning formula, which is something they
hope they can continue to build upon after a difficult April that left them in the bottom of the division. But with the wins
starting to come and a very potent lineup backing them up, the D-Backs are confident they can continue to pile up the wins
and still be factors in the N.L. West.
And much of that winning formula has been due to the hot bat of Paul Goldschmidt,
who has completely turned it on and pushed his batting average over.340 with very good power numbers. With seven homers and
23 RBIs in his first 37 games of the season to go along with one of the top averages in the National League, Goldschmidt is
looking more and more like the centerpiece to the lineup as the D-Backs build towards the future.
Also being major contributors
has been both Bronson Arroyo and Addison Reed. Arroyo looked to be back in top form recently on the road against San Diego,
where he pitched seven shutout innings as the Diamondbacks blanked the Padres 2-0. Addison Reed has also been slamming the
door with regularity, racking up 10 saves already and looking like one of the better closers in the N.L. in the process. With
the heart of the order starting to heat up and the pitching coming around in a big way, the Diamondbacks head deeper into
May against the Nats, Dodgers and Cardinals looking to keep the wins coming.
Diamondbacks Update – Week
of April 25th
The early part of the season, so far, hasn't gone quite according to the blueprint, but the D-Backs have
also shown some flashes of breaking out of a slump to get working on the win column. Even in some tough losses, though, Mark
Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt have mainly continued their torrid starts at the plate this season, with Trumbo near the top of
the entire league in both homers and RBIs. Paul Goldschmidt, meanwhile, has been racking up hits left and right, smacking
32 hits in his first 24 games of the season. Put them together and the D-Backs have a wicked one-two punch to build around,
and it's only a matter of time before the wins start to come with more regularity.
And the beautiful thing about baseball
is that there is no shortage of opportunities to get back on track, which is exactly what the Diamondbacks will be looking
to do with upcoming series against the Phillies and the Rockies. With both series at home, the Diamondbacks will get a chance
to finish a tough first month of the season on a high note and deliver some major wins, and fans are likely to see plenty
of fireworks as the sluggers in the heart of the order look to continue their hot streaks.
Winning a few big games at
home is also a good idea before the Diamondbacks head out for a road stretch that will challenge them in a big way to start
the second month of the season. Starting against division rivals San Diego, the D-Backs will then travel to Milwaukee and
then on to Chicago to take on the White Sox for their first interleague matchups of the season. With baseball, anything can
happen and teams are known to pull it together and turn around their season on a dime, and that's exactly what the D-Backs
will hope to be doing in the coming weeks and months.
Diamondbacks Update – Week of April 18th
though the Diamondbacks have had a few downs to go with the ups in the early going, they have still flashed their promise,
particularly in the heart of the order with both Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt lighting up National League pitchers. Trumbo
in particular has been producing plenty, racking up 18 RBIs in his first 18 games in a Diamondback uniform and giving them
some major pep right where they need it. Following an impressive road series win against the Giants, the Diamondbacks struggled
a bit with the Dodgers and the Mets, though the beauty of the early portion of the baseball season is that there are plenty
of more chances to turn it around.
And it all starts with upcoming series against the Dodgers, the Cubs and the Phillies,
as the Diamondbacks will be looking to add a few notches in their win column. The Diamondbacks also have a big upcoming series
at home against the Rockies, with the D-backs looking to wrap up the first month of the season on a high note and send them
into May with plenty of confidence both in the batter's box and on the bump.
Of course, the Diamondbacks have also shown
some major flashes on the mound in addition to at the plate, with closer Addison Reed locking down three early saves and striking
out more than a batter per inning in the process. With Reed showing that he can close out games with the best of the closers
in the National League, the D-backs have all the pieces and it's only a matter of time before everything aligns. With a slew
of major National League matchups both in and outside of the division in the coming weeks, the Diamondbacks have lots of opportunities
to shake off a mixed start to the season and start making their move up the N.L. West standings.
Update – Week of April 11th
After a couple of tough losses in the very early going, a couple of clutch wins could
go a long way for the Diamondbacks as they look to pull it together and make their move up the N.L. West standings. The D-Backs
started turning the corner on a road trip in San Francisco, where they beat Tim Lincecum one night and squeaked out a 10th
inning nail-biter the next, giving them a couple of big early-season wins that should have them headed in the right direction.
Of course, one thing that definitely hasn't been an issue in the early going is scoring runs, with both Paul Goldschmidt and
Mark Trumbo bashing the ball out of the park with regularity as the Diamondbacks continue to swing their way through the early
portion of the schedule. On the bump, the D-Backs have also had some definite bright points, mostly thanks to two early wins
from Wade Miley and three clutch saves from Addison Reed.
Following a couple of important road wins, the Diamondbacks
then get to come home for some big games against the Mets, Dodgers and Phillies in the coming weeks, giving them more opportunities
to make some noise against National League foes as they look to close out the first month of the season on a high note. With
one of the most prolific offenses in the league, even the pitchers have gotten into the act, as Miley not only was the first
starting pitcher on the team to two wins but also got off to a blistering start at the plate, batting.500 in his first two
starts and giving the D-Backs an extra lift at the plate. As the D-Backs head through their early schedule looking to continue
mashing their way to big wins, the sky is still the limit for the Diamondbacks in 2014.
2014 Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks are ready to bite the competition when they take the field for the 2014 Major League
Baseball season, providing a steady stream of big-time moments, from skyscraping homers and diving catches to nail-biting
moments that will have you jumping out of your seat in no time. The Diamondbacks finished second in the National League West
standings last season with a.500 record, but this team is hoping to improve significantly this season. The D-Backs will host
some of the best teams in baseball throughout the regular season, making it a great year for the most loyal of Arizona baseball
fans to flock to Chase Field to see this team play. Once you're there in the stands watching the game the way it was meant
to be seen, you'll definitely see the difference between watching from home and actually being there in the stands with thousands
Of course, it doesn't get any better than watching the D-Backs when they're taking on a division rival. The
Diamondbacks will most definitely look forward to every time the Los Angeles Dodgers come into Phoenix to take to the diamond
at Chase Field. The Dodgers were able to win the National League West championship last season thanks to their incredible
collection of talent. The Dodgers are going to be a tough team to take down this season, but the D-Backs certainly aren't
going to let that stop them from giving it their best shot. A few big wins against the Dodgers could go a long way into injecting
this team with the confidence that it needs to take the next step and make a run at the postseason. The San Francisco Giants
might have had a down year in 2013, but don't expect that to happen again as they once again take aim at the top of the standings.
But no matter how steep the competition, the D-Backs have some talented players and some big-time hopes, giving you plenty
of reasons to come out and see if they have what it takes.
Arizona Diamondbacks Team Info
Diamondbacks play in the National League West division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the Los Angeles
Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies. The D-Backs were able to finish second in the N.L. West
standings last season, but were a fry cry from catching the Dodgers down the stretch. Still, with a.500 record in 2013, the
Diamondbacks have shown that they're a formidable opponent for any ball club, and could be a team to keep a sharp eye on in
2014. It definitely helps that the D-Backs have plenty of prominent stars, including Mark Trumbo, Paul Goldschmidt and many
more, and you never know how high the D-Backs can go if it all comes together.
The MLB Experience
it comes to baseball, the fans of the game simply can't get enough. Baseball is a part of American history and fans of the
sport are some of the most loyal in the sporting world. Going to a baseball game is something that a lot of people have done
over the years, and for good reason. Being there for a towering home run is an experience that simply can't be replicated
by watching the game on TV, no matter how big the screen in. The atmosphere at a game is electric, as fans wait in anticipation
of the pitch. When you head to an Arizona Diamondbacks game, you'll see a Major League Baseball team that never gives up,
and is ready to take on the best of the best from around both the American and National leagues. Don't miss out on being there
to witness a great game this season as the D-Backs hope to pull it all together and reach their playoff aspirations in a season
sure to be loaded with intense moments that you definitely won't want to miss out on.
Arizona Diamondbacks History
Arizona Diamondbacks franchise was formed in 1998. It didn't take long for this team to make their presence felt in Major
League Baseball, as they won the World Series in 2001 by defeating the New York Yankees in one of the most exciting World
Series in recent memory. That year, timely hitting from Luis Gonzalez and others as well as dominant pitching from Curt Schilling
and Randy Johnson made all the difference in the world. These days, the D-Backs are looking to return to baseball's biggest
stage in the near future, and could have the chops to make it happen as they build their roster for a title run.
When the Diamondbacks won the World Series in 2001, they beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 on
a walk-off, game-winning hit. Who was the batter?
The answer is Luis Gonzalez, who also happens to hold many of the
D-Backs franchise records after his dominant stretch in the heart of the D-Backs lineup.
fans are as passionate as they come in the sporting world, and that's something that is obvious to anyone that attends a Major
League Baseball game. Seeing a game in person makes watching on TV seem like a totally different experience, which is why
so many people get out to stadiums across the country to see the best players in the game. The Diamondbacks play 81 home games
each season, giving their dedicated fans many opportunities to be a part of the action. Join them in the stands this season
and see why watching a game from inside of the stadium dwarfs watching it from your living room. But you also don't want to
miss out on the road games, as seeing your favorite team away from home can be just as exhilarating as you'll get a chance
to see the team from a whole different perspective. No matter where the game goes down, you can count on there being plenty
of passionate Diamondbacks fans in the stands, as this is a fan base that heads to the stadium to show their support both
home and away.