There seemed to be so much promise awaiting the Arizona Diamondbacks entering the 2016 season, and yet all they got was doom, despair and agony. The additions of all-stars Zach Grienke and Shelby Miller had some pundits touting Arizona as a World Series sleeper but instead they went to sleep and lost 93 games. The result was a change at the top. Mike Hazen is the new GM and Torey Lovullo is manager, both arriving in Phoenix via the Boston Red Sox.
An expansion team in 1998, the Diamondbacks wasted little time in arriving, winning the World Series in a seven-game tong war with the New York Yankees in 2001, the fastest an expansion team has ever won a title. But there’s been no playoff baseball in Arizona since 2011.
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Arizona pitchers coughed up 202 home runs in 2016, well above the league average of 178.
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When the ball wasn’t flying out of the park off Arizona pitchers, who posted a National League high 5.09 earned-run average, the Diamondbacks struggled to keep the ball in front of them. Arizona was one of 10 teams in the majors to commit over 100 errors.
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The biggest problem facing the Diamondbacks in the NL West standings is trying to get ahead of either the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants, the two teams who’ve dominated the division for most of the past decade.
The Diamondbacks were a combined 13-25 against those two teams in 2016 and if they can’t turn around those numbers, there’s no hope of climbing up into the pennant race.
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Arizona Diamondbacks Move Into 21st Century
By bringing in Mike Hazen as GM and Torey Lovullo as skipper, there will be far more emphasis on analytics and the theories of so-called Moneyball in the Arizona desert going forward.
Dave Stewart, the previous GM, was more of an old-school eye test, gut feeling style of executive and how well that worked is evidenced in Arizona’s poor execution on the field.
Pollock’s Return A Welcome Addition
One of the reasons for the downfall of the Diamondbacks in 2016 was certainly the fractured elbow suffered be center fielder A.J. Pollock on the eve of the regular season, limiting him to 12 games.
Pollock is a defensive dynamo, one of the best fielders in the game. He hit a career-high 20 homers in 2015 and batted over .300 for the second straight season.