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What adjustments does Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley need to make next season?

What adjustments does Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley need to make next season?

Bradley, who was dominant last year, has posted a 3.65 ERA this season, due in part to some particularly poor performances in recent months.         
AZ Snake Pit Sep 11, 2018
The Diamondbacks Bullpen Has A Breaking Ball Problem

The Diamondbacks Bullpen Has A Breaking Ball Problem

Breaking balls (or lack thereof) are holding back the Diamondbacks Bullpen.1 Yes, the Diamondbacks bullpen is a very hot topic. Jack wrote yesterday about how the bullpen has regressed and (in this author’s words) very much overachieved in the first half of the season. Last week, it was noted that Archie Bradley may not be as good as he appears due to his lack of elite strikeout numbers (or even a second pitch). Brad Boxberger has fallen off a cliff. Et cetera, et cetera. And as such, this is baseball and it must mean there is data that might be able to help explain what’s happening....
Diamondbacks survive Archie Bradley’s struggles, slip past Braves

Diamondbacks survive Archie Bradley’s struggles, slip past Braves

Archie Bradley’s issues are forcing the Diamondbacks to consider a less prominent role for him, manager Torey Lovullo said.         
AZ Snake Pit Sep 4, 2018
Should The Diamondbacks Be Using Andrew Chafin More?

Should The Diamondbacks Be Using Andrew Chafin More?

With the bullpen blowing several games lately, should we consider using Andrew Chafin in longer roles? There is plenty to talk about the offense. There is also plenty to talk about the bullpen, especially Brad Boxberger and Archie Bradley. Since the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks have blown 8 saves, which is the fifth highest in the MLB. On one hand, the Diamondbacks should be lucky that the Rockies and Dodgers are two of the four teams with more blown saves than Arizona. On the other hand, this highlights what was a known issue for the team: the back end of the bullpen. Boxberger can be...
DodgerBlue.com Sep 3, 2018
After Blowing Second Straight Game Against Dodgers, Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley Deems It Time To ‘Get The Hell Out Of L.A.’

After Blowing Second Straight Game Against Dodgers, Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley Deems It Time To ‘Get The Hell Out Of L.A.’

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks for the third straight day on Sunday afternoon, coming...
AZ Snake Pit Sep 3, 2018
SnakePit Round Table: Annoyed edition

SnakePit Round Table: Annoyed edition

Welp. If you’re interested in being a “reader representative” on next week’s round table, speak up in the comments. I email the first qualifying person to post the questions on Saturday (so, obviously, you need to have an email address attached to your account!). You’ll need to be able to get the answers back to me by Sunday evening, so a timely turnaround will be necessary. Does the team have an Archie Bradley problem? Makakilo: Yes! Three observations: Fifty percent is a problem. (Before today) Archie held the other team scoreless in 5 of his last 10 appearances; he...
AZ Snake Pit Sep 2, 2018
Should Yoshi Hirano take over Archie Bradley’s high leverage role?

Should Yoshi Hirano take over Archie Bradley’s high leverage role?

Utilizing Quality of Batters Faced to inform the discussion As we know by now the team intentionally tries to give Archie Bradley the toughest assignments. I’ve written about this before, and while it’s true that he most often pitches in 8th, it’s also true that he often tends to come in to face the top or middle of the order whenever the Torey can set it up that way. However he hasn’t faced the toughest Quality of Opponents on the team, as measured by OPS of opposing hitters. The below table shows the OPS of opposing hitters, which is available at Baseball Prospectus. It then...
AZ Snake Pit Sep 2, 2018
Snake Bytes 9/2: Achilles Heel

Snake Bytes 9/2: Achilles Heel

What a nightmare. Arizona Diamondbacks 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 3 [D’backs.com] D-backs drop another heartbreaker in LA - D-backs setup man Archie Bradley had a message for D-backs fans after Saturday night’s 3-2 late-inning loss to the Dodgers. It’s going to be OK. “This is a tough loss, don’t get me wrong,” Bradley said. “But to our fans, to people outside this clubhouse, this isn’t a ‘we just lost in the playoffs.’ This is a tough loss in a tough environment.” The D-backs held a 2-0 lead before Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer off Bradley in the eighth. [Arizona...
Archie Bradley blows lead, Steven Souza blows up after Diamondbacks' crushing loss

Archie Bradley blows lead, Steven Souza blows up after Diamondbacks' crushing loss

Right fielder Steven Souza took offense to a question about the offense after the Diamondbacks’ latest ugly loss at Dodger Stadium.         
AZ Snake Pit Sep 2, 2018
Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 3

Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 3

Archie Bradley gives up crushing 3 run homer in the 8th to Matt Kemp Clayton Kershaw and Patrick Corbin squared off tonight in what would become a pitchers duel of a sort. Kershaw navigated the first comfortably , with the only baserunner being Paul Goldschmidt getting on via a catchers interference. Corbin had to work a little harder, needing 20 pitches in the first, but allowed just a one out walk to Justin Turner in the inning. However in what would be a bit of a theme for Corbin’s outing, Brian Dozier and Manny Machado had long at bats, fouling off a number of 2 strikes pitches...
AZ Snake Pit Sep 2, 2018
Diamondbacks 2 Dodgers 3

Diamondbacks 2 Dodgers 3

Matt Kemp hit a 3 run homer in the 8th off Archie Bradley DBacks blow another late lead in Los Angeles Patrick Corbin threw 5 scoreless innings giving up just 3 hits, and striking out 7, but had to work hard throwing 96 pitches as Dodger’s hitters fouled off a slew of 2 strike pitches to extend at bats. 2 more scoreless innings by three relievers and the Dbacks headed to the 8th with a 2-0 lead, courtesy of homeruns by Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker off of Clayton Kershaw, who went 7 innings giving up just the 2 homers. However it was all for naught. Archie Bradley allowed a...

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