We’re not quite a quarter of the way through the baseball season, but there’s been plenty to talk about so far. Both World Series teams from 2016 are currently not in first place in their division, everyone is hurt, and dirt bike riding is the new least favorite activity among people in San Francisco. There’s still plenty of games left to be played, but we can learn a lot about teams through the first quarter of games. Let’s see who and what has caught my eye so far.
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2016 Recap: 69-93, 4th in the NL West. After finishing just below .500 in 2015 (79-83) the Diamondbacks felt as if they were just a few front line starting pitchers away from making some noise in the NL West. They started things off last December by surprising everyone and signing former Royals and Dodgers All-Star Zack Greinke to a huge 6 year, $206 million dollar contract. The ink was barely dry on the Greinke deal when then GM Dave Stewart pulled the trigger on another deal sending the previous year’s number one overall pick Dansby Swanson (along with starting center fielder Ender Inciarte and prospect Aaron Blair) to the Braves for starter Shelby Miller. A deal that was questioned by many at the time turned out to be an ever bigger disaster than anticipated as Miller was beyond terrible in 2016. The right hander won just 3 games last season, finished with an ERA over 6.00 and was even demoted briefly. Greinke was solid, but not anywhere close to the ace Arizona hoped they were getting. The Diamondbacks pitching staff as a whole was pathetic as they finished with the worst team ERA (5.09) in the NL and their preseason playoff dreams were quickly crushed. After going all in on Greinke and Miller, Dave Stewart was let go at the end of 2016 and new general manager Mike Hazen was left to pick up the pieces.
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The calendar has officially turned to 2017 and that means it’s time to start talking some baseball. The NFL has been extra stupid this season with all the bad teams and quarterback injuries affecting the playoffs, meanwhile the Hot Stove reached some pretty high temperatures this winter. We broke down the American League yesterday and are back to do the same with the National League today.
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