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Peralta's left field defense a plus for Diamondbacks in loss to Padres

Peralta's left field defense a plus for Diamondbacks in loss to Padres

Good defense, a verbal spat involving an umpire and a D-Backs player, and Christian Walker's case for the home run derby, plus a prospect update, in notes.       
AZ Snake Pit Jun 29, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #76: 6/29 vs. Padres

Diamondbacks Game Preview #76: 6/29 vs. Padres

Photo by Norm Hall/ More please? Today's Lineups PADRES DIAMONDBACKS Jurickson Profar - LF Josh Rojas - 3B Austin Nola - C Alek Thomas - CF Jake Cronenworth - 2B Ketel Marte - DH Luke Voit - DH Christian Walker - 1B Eric Hosmer - 1B David Peralta - LF Ha-Seong Kim - 3B Daulton Varsho - RF Trent Grisham - CF Buddy Kennedy - 2B Jose Azocar - RF Geraldo Perdomo - SS CJ Abrams - SS Jose Herrera - C Mike Clevinger - RHP M. Bumgarner - LHP After last night’s spectacular comeback, the D-backs will attempt to complete a sweep of the...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 28, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #75: 6/28 vs. Padres

Diamondbacks Game Preview #75: 6/28 vs. Padres

Photo by Denis Poroy/ Hopefully, this will go better than last time we faced San Diego Today's Lineups PADRES DIAMONDBACKS Trent Grisham - CF Jordan Luplow - LF Jurickson Profar - LF Josh Rojas - 3B Jake Cronenworth - 2B Ketel Marte - DH Jorge Alfaro - C Christian Walker - 1B Eric Hosmer - 1B Buddy Kennedy - 2B Luke Voit - DH Carson Kelly - C Nomar Mazara - RF Daulton Varsho - RF Ha-Seong Kim - 3B Alek Thomas - CF CJ Abrams - SS Jake Hager - SS Sean Manaea - LHP Zac Gallen - RHP This one is a rematch of the contest last Tuesday,...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 28, 2022
Which Diamondbacks Have the Best Swings?

Which Diamondbacks Have the Best Swings?

Walker’s homer is celebrated. | Photo by Norm Hall/ Six batters have superior swings: Christian Walker, Alek Thomas, Ketel Marte, Jake McCarthy, Josh Rojas, and David Peralta. Let’s look at swing data. Instead of the usual performance statistics like wOBA and OPS, let’s look at some more fundamental measures. Definitions of each measure follow: Swing Efficiency is balls put in play divided by swings. It does not address whether balls put in play were hits or outs. The data was from Baseball Reference. Exit Velocity is the speed at which the ball leave the...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 26, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #74: 6/26 vs. Tigers

Diamondbacks Game Preview #74: 6/26 vs. Tigers

Photo by Norm Hall/ Dallas Keuchel makes his MLB debut for the D-backs Today's Lineups TIGERS DIAMONDBACKS Robbie Grossman - LF Josh Rojas - 3B Javier Baez - SS Pavin Smith - RF Miguel Cabrera - DH Ketel Marte - DH Riley Greene - CF Christian Walker - 1B Spencer Torkelson - 1B David Peralta - LF Eric Haase - C Buddy Kennedy - 2B Willi Castro - RF Daulton Varsho - CF Jonathan Schoop - 2B Carson Kelly - C Harold Castro - 3B Geraldo Perdomo - SS Beau Brieske - RHP Dallas Keuchel - LHP Roster moves The Arizona Diamondbacks made the...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 25, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #73: 6/25 vs. Tigers

Diamondbacks Game Preview #73: 6/25 vs. Tigers

Photo by Norm Hall/ Only one active position player has a longer career against the D-backs than Miguel Cabrera. Today's Lineups TIGERS DIAMONDBACKS Victor Reyes - RF Josh Rojas - 3B Riley Greene - CF Alek Thomas - CF Javier Baez - SS Ketel Marte - DH Miguel Cabrera - DH Christian Walker - 1B Harold Castro - 1B David Peralta - LF Robbie Grossman - LF Buddy Kennedy - 2B Jeimer Candelario - 3B Daulton Varsho - RF Kody Clemens - 2B Geraldo Perdomo - SS Tucker Barnhart - C Jose Herrera - C Alex Faedo - RHP Zach Davies - RHP When it...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 24, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #72: 6/24 vs. Tigers

Diamondbacks Game Preview #72: 6/24 vs. Tigers

Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Yep. It’s one of those games again, folks... Today's Lineups TIGERS DIAMONDBACKS Victor Reyes - RF Daulton Varsho - RF Riley Greene - CF Alek Thomas - CF Javier Baez - SS Ketel Marte - DH Miguel Cabrera - DH Christian Walker - 1B Robbie Grossman - LF David Peralta - LF Spencer Torkelson - 1B Josh Rojas - 3B Jeimer Candelario - 3B Carson Kelly - C Jonathan Schoop - 2B Jake Hager - 2B Eric Haase - C Geraldo Perdomo - SS Rony Garcia - RHP Merrill Kelly - RHP Another...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 24, 2022
A deeper dive into Christian Walker’s ridiculously low batting average on balls in play

A deeper dive into Christian Walker’s ridiculously low batting average on balls in play

Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Walker has produced a .187 BABIP on the season. Are there any underlying factors as to why the slugger is struggling in that area? One of the biggest mysteries of the 2022 season is Christian Walker’s batting average on balls in play (BABIP). Walker has made improved contact this season, ranking 12th amongst MLB hitters in barrel rate per plate appearance, but it hasn’t translated too much into his bottom line results. On the season, Walker is putting up a power-driven .208/.304/.490 triple slash which still puts his...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 22, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #71: 6/22 @ Padres

Diamondbacks Game Preview #71: 6/22 @ Padres

Photo by Norm Hall/ Why is the NL outhitting the AL this year? Today's Lineups DIAMONDBACKS PADRES Daulton Varsho - RF Jurickson Profar - LF Alek Thomas - CF Jake Cronenworth - 2B Josh Rojas - 3B Luke Voit - 1B Christian Walker - DH Jorge Alfaro - DH David Peralta - LF Ha-Seong Kim - 3B Pavin Smith - 1B Austin Nola - C Geraldo Perdomo - SS Trent Grisham - CF Jake Hager - 2B Jose Azocar - RF Jose Herrera - C CJ Abrams - SS M. Bumgarner - LHP Mike Clevinger - RHP In yesterday’s preview, I looked at how Arizona’s offense broke...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 21, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #70: 6/21 @ Padres

Diamondbacks Game Preview #70: 6/21 @ Padres

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The D-backs offense feels feast or famine. To what extent is that the case? Today's Lineups DIAMONDBACKS PADRES Jordan Luplow - LF Trent Grisham - CF Daulton Varsho - RF Jurickson Profar - LF Ketel Marte - DH Jake Cronenworth - 2B Christian Walker - 1B Luke Voit - DH Buddy Kennedy - 2B Nomar Mazara - RF Carson Kelly - C Eric Hosmer - 1B Alek Thomas - CF Jorge Alfaro - C Jake Hager - 3B CJ Abrams - SS Geraldo Perdomo - SS Ha-Seong Kim - 3B Zac Gallen - RHP Sean Manaea - LHP The Diamondbacks were held to...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 20, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #69: 6/20 @ Padres

Diamondbacks Game Preview #69: 6/20 @ Padres

Photo by Norm Hall/ Been a while since Arizona’s last visit to Petco. 117 games, in fact. Today's Lineups DIAMONDBACKS PADRES Daulton Varsho - RF Trent Grisham - CF Alek Thomas - CF Jurickson Profar - LF Josh Rojas - 3B Jake Cronenworth - 2B Christian Walker - 1B Luke Voit - DH David Peralta - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B Buddy Kennedy - 2B Nomar Mazara - RF Pavin Smith - DH Austin Nola - C Carson Kelly - C CJ Abrams - SS Geraldo Perdomo - SS Ha-Seong Kim - 3B Zach Davies - RHP Yu Darvish - RHP If it seems like a long time since we’ve...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 19, 2022
Diamondbacks 7, Twins 1: A Grand Father's Day

Diamondbacks 7, Twins 1: A Grand Father's Day

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Pro tip: it's easier to write a recap if you watch the game. Who knew? Record: 32-36. Pace: 76-86. Change on 2021: +12. Mind you, it's also easier to write a recap when your team are not nine runs down by the middle of the fourth inning. Though after the Twins opened the game against Merrill Kelly by quickly going double, single, I wondered if I would be dipping into the Tubi queue for alternative entertainment, and faking the recap. Fortunately for my journalistic integrity, Kelly ended up settling down, and Christian Walker continued...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 19, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #68: 6/19 vs. Twins

Diamondbacks Game Preview #68: 6/19 vs. Twins

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The rubber game, with Merrill Kelly starting for Arizona Today's Lineups TWINS DIAMONDBACKS Luis Arraez - 2B Jordan Luplow - RF Byron Buxton - CF Alek Thomas - CF Carlos Correa - SS Josh Rojas - 3B Max Kepler - RF Christian Walker - DH Gio Urshela - 3B David Peralta - LF Alex Kirilloff - 1B Buddy Kennedy - 2B Gary Sanchez - C Pavin Smith - 1B Trevor Larnach - LF Geraldo Perdomo - SS Jose Miranda - DH Jose Herrera - C Chris Archer - RHP Merrill Kelly - RHP It’s interesting how stable the Diamondbacks...
AZ Snake Pit Jun 18, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #67: 6/18 vs. Twins

Diamondbacks Game Preview #67: 6/18 vs. Twins

Photo by Norm Hall/ We haven’t seen much of the Twins. Today's Lineups TWINS DIAMONDBACKS Luis Arraez - 2B Daulton Varsho - RF Carlos Correa - SS Alek Thomas - CF Max Kepler - RF Josh Rojas - 3B Gio Urshela - 3B Christian Walker - 1B Alex Kirilloff - 1B David Peralta - LF Gary Sanchez - DH Buddy Kennedy - 2B Trevor Larnach - LF Pavin Smith - DH Ryan Jeffers - C Carson Kelly - C Nick Gordon - CF Geraldo Perdomo - SS Dylan Bundy - RHP Luke Weaver - RHP The Diamondbacks came into this series with just eight wins against the Twins....
AZ Snake Pit Jun 17, 2022
Diamondbacks Game Preview #66: 6/17 vs. Twins

Diamondbacks Game Preview #66: 6/17 vs. Twins

Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via On pace for close to a five-win season, Christian Walker is doing very nicely - despite a .201 average. Today's Lineups TWINS DIAMONDBACKS Byron Buxton - DH Carson Kelly - C Carlos Correa - SS Josh Rojas - 3B Gio Urshela - 3B Jordan Luplow - LF Gary Sanchez - C Christian Walker - 1B Luis Arraez - 2B Daulton Varsho - RF Jose Miranda - 1B Buddy Kennedy - DH Max Kepler - RF Alek Thomas - CF Gilberto Celestino - CF Jake Hager - 2B Trevor Larnach - LF Geraldo Perdomo - SS Devin Smeltzer - LHP M....

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