Breathe deep and remember it's still just spring training and none of these losses (four and counting) really matter. Except they would matter a lot nicer if they were wins instead of losses. The patience with this team with most fans is pretty low. They are going to have to prove the old fashion way that they are worth paying attention to. And while fighting hard and competing are nice to see for those who do show up, to get the rest of the band wagon even half-filled it's going to take W's.
Yesterday's action featured starter Joe Saunders giving up two runs in two innings and, wait for it, the bullpen giving up five more. Offensively, new guy Russell Branyan swung his big stick and hit a three-run bomb but his mates in the field also notched four errors. Four. Sigh.
For a much more comprehensive recap of this game, visit AZ Snakepit.
Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 7: And moving rapidly on... - AZ Snakepit
Going to keep this one brief, since... Well, let's just say it's rarely a sign of a good game when you have as many errors as runs scored. That was the way this afternoon in Arizona's first "away" contest since SRF@TS opened, taking place not far from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Actually, it was still taking place in Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, since the home team today were our stadium-mates from Colorado. I vaguely wonder what it'd be like if we continued this over into the regular season, sharing a park somewhere up near Four Corners...
And while you are there, be sure to read this fine explanation of advanced stats as they relate to hitting.
SnakePit Statistics 1.0.1: Hitting - AZ Snakepit
It was suggested, and it seems a good one, to have a primer for the most common statistics used, so that those just dipping their toes in the water will have some idea what's being talked about. Hence, this series of articles, which will cover the main numbers you'll see. In the first part, we look at hitting stats; the second will cover pitching ones; and the third will tidy up anything left over, such as fielding stats, WAR, and so on.
Today's action features a split squad, double header with the first game at home against Seattle at 1:10 p.m. and then a night game at Scottsdale Stadium versus the Giants. Here's your pitching probables:
Seattle Game Probables: RHP Aaron Heilman, RHP Sam Demel, LHP Joe Paterson, LHP Leyson Septimo, RHP Matt Gorgen, RHP Kevin Mulvey, RHP Rafael Rodriguez
Giants Game Probables: LHP Zach Duke, RHP Josh Collmenter, RHP Micah Owings, LHP Zach Kroenke, RHP David Hernandez, RHP Yonata Ortega, RHP Daniel Stange, LHP Jordan Norberto