Diamondbacks Spring Training 2022 Report: March 21

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Diamondbacks Spring Training: March 21, 2022 Monday opened Week Two of Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training 2022. Diamondbacks players went through more defensive drills, bullpen sessions, and live batting practice at camp in the morning. In the afternoon, they hosted an exhibition game against the Seattle Mariners. Humberto Castellanos was the starting pitcher. Before the pregame […] READ MORE


Diamondbacks Relievers — A Detailed Look Going into Spring Training 2022

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Diamondbacks Relievers in Detail Going into 2022 The 2021 season was a disaster for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Diamondbacks relievers had it especially rough, with the corps finishing last in the National League in almost every meaningful category. However, there were bright spots, even before considering the Mark Melancon signing. Using the reliever evaluation methods discussed […] READ MORE


Mark Melancon Agrees to Terms with Diamondbacks

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Mark Melancon, Diamondbacks Agree to Two-Year Contract, Pending Physical The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with 2021 All-Star and National League Saves leader Mark Melancon, pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who was first to report the signing, said that the deal is for two years and $14 million. The Diamondbacks confirmed […] READ MORE


The Atlanta Braves Bullpen: Heroes and Villains

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This season, the Atlanta Braves have had to overcome many obstacles. One of these has been their bullpen. Leaky and inefficient at the start, it has shown some improvement in recent weeks. Unfortunately, they have encountered even more trouble over the past two or three games. So, the team is still dealing with the bullpen […] READ MORE


Reliever Rankings, June 27

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Reliever Rankings, June 27 Our (clutch) Reliever Rankings for this week see a shakeup toward the top of the table in both leagues. The American League had a swap of its second- and third-place teams, while the National League has a new leader. A reminder that these are clutch reliever rankings. Mop-up duty or pitching […] READ MORE


Reliever Rankings, June 20

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Reliever Rankings, June 20 Starting this week, the Reliever Rankings for 2021 will be different. They are now clutch reliever rankings. Mop-up duty or pitching while narrowly behind, while important, is not what makes a relief corps earn its keep. Pitching scoreless innings in tie games or with a narrow lead is what does it. […] READ MORE


Archie Bradley Has Become a Top Closer

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Archie Bradley Has Become a Top Closer (Author’s Note: This article uses the Goose Egg statistic. Nate Silver invented the statistic for clutch late-inning performance, explaining it here.) In June of 2019, Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley was in one of the toughest stretches of his career. He had pitched well in 2017, posting a […] READ MORE