Friday, March 20, 2009

2009 MLB Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks

IF (3.5/5) - Pretty good IF. Jackson will start in the OF as Byrnes recovers from injury, putting Tracy at 1B and Reynolds at 3B. Lopez played great 2B for the Cardinals last year. Drew is going to be a great SS, I think, though I'd like to see him get his OBP up. Snyder gives them decent offense at catcher.

OF (3.5/5) - Upton-Young-Jackson is a pretty good OF, but a 2007-like Byrnes would make this team even better.

SP (3.5/5) - Webb and Haren are a great 1-2. Garland's ERA should drop in the NL (though so should Zito's, right?) and Davis is in the #4 slot. Scherzer pitched well last year, but didn't get a win in 7 starts.

RP (3/5) - Qualls will close and Flash Gordon and Schoeneweis were added. Pena's ERA was up last year and Rauch was not too good after joining the D-Backs. Rosales and Buckner pitched well at times.

Wildcards: Byrnes, Petit

[Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert on your team. I think it's fun to do this stuff before a season starts and then see how close (or how far off) I was. If you spend time from your day insulting us, telling others to insult us, or posting in a blog or messageboard about how wrong our opinions are, then we are flattered!]

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