Found August 08, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
When general manager Kevin Towers passed on trading deadline deals that would have thinned the Diamondbacks minor league system, the recent performance of Patrick Corbin was the sort of thing that informed his thinking. Corbin has made two quality starts since returning from Class AAA Reno to the rotation Aug. 1. He beat the Los Angeles Dodgers with six shutout innings that day and was in line for the victory Tuesday before the bullpen could not hold a 3-2 lead in Pittsburgh. His is one of the many quality arms in the D-backs system. The kind of arms opposing general managers sought. The kind that the D-backs refused to move. Pitching is always at a premium on the open market, and if you can grow it yourself, all the better. Combine interim general manager Jerry Dipotos astute 2010 deadline deals with the D-backs ability to make two of the top seven picks in the 2011 draft, the D-backs find themselves with several of the top-rated prospects in baseball. Long-term control is th...

Diamondbacks' Young, Upton both ejected in loss

A season's worth of frustration seemed to bubble to the surface in the seventh inning Wednesday, when Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young and best friend Justin Upton were ejected within moments of each other during a 7-6 loss to Pittsburgh at PNC Park. Batting with the bases loaded and two outs in a 7-5 game, Young was called out on strikes on what he believed...

D-backs' Blanco to have thumb surgery

Arizona Diamondbacks backup catcher Henry Blanco is scheduled for surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and could miss the rest of the season. An MRI performed Tuesday in Phoenix revealed the tear. Blanco was injured Sunday in a game at Philadelphia when the Phillies' John Mayberry slid into his mitt at home plate. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said...

Lyle Overbay: Sneaky Stretch Addition?

Lyle Overbay is available. The 35-year-old was designated for assignment July 31 by the Diamondbacks, a move that set him to clear waivers Friday and become a free agent should no team take him off Arizona’s hands. It’s understandable why the Diamondbacks let Overbay go. He only mustered two hits in his final 25 at-bats for the team as Paul Goldschmidt established himself as...

Diamondbacks go on power trip in 10 games on road

The Diamondbacks flexed their muscles on a 10-game trip, and the final game provided the exclamation point. Jason Kubel hit two two-run home runs and Wil Nieves hit one as the D-backs earned a split of a four-game series with a 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Kubel has 25 home runs, third in the National League, and is three short of his career high set with Minnesota...

Exploring the Arsenal – Joe Saunders

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...

Kubel homers twice as D-backs down Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jason Kubel homered twice, Joe Saunders pitched seven effective innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Thursday. Both of Kubel's home runs immediately followed hits by Aaron Hill. Wil Nieves also hit a two-run homer in his Diamondbacks debut. Saunders (6-8) retired 14 consecutive batters in the middle innings. He allowed two...

GIFcap: Paul Goldschmidt Found Out About Starling Marte’s Arm The Hard Way

About halfway to second, after he saw the path of the throw, you know he just wanted to turn around and head back to the dugout already

OPS Fantasy Leagues: Cry Me A River

Justin Upton – This year his season has been tearing up my heart. He’s posting the lowest OPS of his career since he was a rookie in 2007. Since that time, he’s oscillated between great years in 2009 (.899 OPS) and 2011 (.898 OPS) and merely good years in 2008 (.816 OPS) and 2010 (.799 OPS). Currently, he’s producing a .756 OPS, but there are many signs pointing to a potential...

Corbin, D-backs try to evens series vs. Pirates

Pittsburgh's Jeff Karstens hopes this start against the Arizona Diamondbacks goes better than his first. Based on how he's been pitching lately, his dominance at home and his previous success in the series, he would seemingly have better luck in the rematch. Karstens tries to win his fifth straight decision and help the Pirates move 17 games over .500 for the first time...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Game 110

Did we seriously think the bullpen was never going to lose us a game?  It happens.  Put it behind you and take the next two.   First Pitch:  7:05 PM EST Where To Watch:  Root Spots, MLB.TV, FS-A Ian Kennedy, RHP (27) Ian Kennedy went from a Cy Young candidate last year to Ian Kennedy [...]

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Game 111

I would be lying if I said these last few games instilled a ton of confidence.  Maybe the bullpen is just going through a bad stretch, I don’t know.  Still two more runs allowed by the pen is at least slightly concerning and something to keep an eye on.   First Pitch:  4:05 PM EST [...]

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Game 109

Huge win last night.  Mostly because of the start by Bedard.  What a start, eh?   First Pitch: 7:05 PM EST Where to Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-A   Patrick Corbin, LHP (23) Yeah, you saw that right. Another lefty. The Diamondbacks seem to be overflowing with lefties. Hell the Pirates are slated to see [...]
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