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Jim McLennan

Arizona Diamondbacks attendance ahead of 2016

The summer pass and the team’s better performance has led to a surge over the middle third of the year.

The early 2017 attendance number for the D-backs were dismal, and it looked all but certain that the team would fail to crack two million fans for the year, for the first time in franchise history. Things reached their absolute depths on April 26, when only 12,215 people officially attended (and likely fewer were actually there) a Tuesday night game at Chase Field against the Padres....

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Early command troubles prove costly for Ray

Robbie Ray didn't suffer the same kind of misfortune that fellow National League All-Stars Stephen Strasburg and Clayton Kershaw fell victim to on Sunday -- both hurlers left their starts early -- but the left-hander was roughed up in the D-backs' 6-2 loss to the Nationals at Chase Field.

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Ray cannot overcome early trouble

A four-run first inning doomed lefty Robbie Ray of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In a game which foreshadowed two of the top pitchers in the National League, this ended in relative disaster for both. While Robbie Ray of the Arizona Diamondbacks suffered through one of his most laborious outings of the season, Stephen Strasburg, his opponent, […] Arizona Diamondbacks: Ray cannot overcome early trouble - Venom Strikes - Venom Strikes - An Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Steven Burt

D-backs 2, Nationals 6 - Anemic offense

Torey Lovullo started a lot of bench players and they showed why they belong on the bench

I get shuffling your bench guys in the lineup to keep them fresh. I do. But when you’re running out a lineup with light hitting guys against one of the best pitchers in the National League, you shouldn’t be surprised when they only score 2 runs.

But man is it frustrating to see them trot out that lineup, especially when the D-backs need all the games they can afford down the stretch.

Of course, when...

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Greinke takes on knuckleballer Dickey, Braves

One day after facing Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw albeit for two innings, the Braves will see another top-flight starter, going against D-backs righty Zack Greinke on Monday.

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Martinez pinch-hits; Walker back with team

Newly acquired D-backs outfielder J.D. Martinez was out of the lineup Sunday and has not been available to even pinch-hit since being hit in the left hand with a pitch Wednesday in his first game after being acquired in a trade with the Tigers.

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Martinez nearing return; Walker back with team

Newly acquired D-backs outfielder J.D. Martinez was out of the lineup Sunday and has not been available to even pinch-hit since being hit in the left hand with a pitch Wednesday in his first game after being acquired in a trade with the Tigers.

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Will Drury’s slump linger?

Depth at the middle infield positions should help the Arizona Diamondbacks compensate for their second baseman’s struggles After blowing a five run lead against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, the Arizona Diamondbacks could ill afford to loose Friday. After A.J. Pollock tripled to lead off the Arizona ninth inning, Washington field manager Dusty Baker […] Arizona Diamondbacks: Will Drury’s slump linger? - Venom Strikes - Venom Strikes - An Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Site -...

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Jim McLennan

Preview #98: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals

The rubber game, and what promises to be a fine pitching match-up. So will probably be an 11-10 slugfest. :)

Today's Lineups Brian Goodwin - CF Daniel Descalso - LF Wilmer Difo - LF Ketel Marte - 3B Bryce Harper - RF David Peralta - RF Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Daniel Murphy - 2B Chris Owings - SS Anthony Rendon - 3B Chris Herrmann - C Adrian Sanchez - SS Brandon Drury - 2B Jose Lobaton - C Gregor Blanco - CF Stephen Strasburg - RHP Robbie Ray - LHP

It’ll be...

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Keegan Thompson

Snake Bytes 7/23: La Banda

Curse you Bryce Harper.

Win or lose this has been an exciting series. The Arizona Diamondbacks are playing meaningful baseball in the second half of the season exceeding most expectations. Although the team was unable to pull off a comeback victory last night, they refused to go down quietly against one of the top teams in the Senior Circuit. Today’s rubber match pans out to be just as exciting on paper as Robbie Ray (9-4, 2.97 ERA) goes toe to toe with Stephen Strasburg (10-3, 3.31...

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Michael McDermott

Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 7/22/17: Juan Hernandez pitches perfecto

In a 7-inning makeup game, the Dbacks righty blanked the Padres lineup, striking out 10 in 7 innings and not allowing a single baserunner.

Snake Stars:

3 Stars: AZL Dbacks RHP Juan Hernandez 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB,

2 Stars: Jackson RHP Joel Payamps 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, GS 77, W (4-4)

1 Star: Jackson CF Evan Marzilli 3 for 5, 3B, HR (5), RBI, R

0 Stars: Hillsboro RHP Riley Smith 3 1?3 IP, 9 H, 8 R (8 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, GS 9, L (3-3)

Pavin Smith: 0 for 4, 3 K

Rubby De La Rosa rehab (Reno): 1...

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Banda impressive in debut

In his major-league debut, lefty Anthony Banda of the Arizona Diamondbacks acquitted himself well. Talk about leaving a calling card. The assignment for rookie left-hander Anthony Banda of the Arizona Diamondbacks was formidable at best. Not only did Bando experience his first major league start Saturday, but faced the Washington Nationals, a club leading the […] Arizona Diamondbacks: Banda impressive in debut - Venom Strikes - Venom Strikes - An Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Site - News,...

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Ray to face Strasburg in All-Star showdown

A pair of All-Stars will go head-to-head in Sunday's series finale at Chase Field when Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg takes the mound against D-backs lefty Robbie Ray.

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Jim McLennan

Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 4

We might have heckled Bryce Harper’s hair. Just a bit.

Mrs. SnakePit and I were at Chase Field for this one, along with edbigghead, Turambar and a few others - about 40,000 others, I’d guess (turned out to be 39,176), on Robbie Ray bobblehead day. Anthony Banda made his debut, and outside of a first inning blast to Mr Perfect Hair, pitched very well through five, before running out of gas in a three-run sixth. He allowed seven hits and struck out five.

IIt could have been much worse,...

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The Best of FanGraphs: July 17-21, 2017

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times and blue for Community Research. MONDAYDiving into Statcast Sprint Speed, by Mike Podhorzer Mike goes exploring to answer the question on his mind — can we use Sprint Speed to predict stolen base breakouts in the future? He also wrote...

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Martinez sees ‘hunger’ in new teammates

Outfielder  J. D. Martinez of the Arizona Diamondbacks wants to tap into the energy of his new teammates. Perhaps it takes an outsider to place the mood and character of the current state of the Arizona Diamondbacks in perspective. Questions directed at players, field manager Torey Lovullo or general manager Mike Hazen can yield certain […] Arizona Diamondbacks: Martinez sees ‘hunger’ in new teammates - Venom Strikes - Venom Strikes - An Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Ramos on the radar screen

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen is reportedly talking with the Miami Marlins about reliever A. J. Ramos The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Miami Marlins closer A.J. Ramos. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are one of several teams eyeing the right-hander. aj ramos, who picked up 18th […] Arizona Diamondbacks: Ramos on the radar screen - Venom Strikes - Venom Strikes - An Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Site -...

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Jim McLennan

Preview #97: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals

Welcome to the show, Mr. Banda!

Today's Lineups Brian Goodwin - CF David Peralta - RF Wilmer Difo - SS A.J. Pollock - CF Bryce Harper - RF Jake Lamb - 3B Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Chris Iannetta - C Daniel Murphy - 2B Daniel Descalso - 1B Anthony Rendon - 3B Chris Owings - 2B Matt Wieters - C Ketel Marte - SS Ryan Raburn - LF Chris Herrmann - LF Tanner Roark - RHP Anthony Banda - LHP

This afternoon, Anthony Banda will become the first pitcher of the year to make his major-league debut...

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