Touch 'Em All: Diamondbacks show talents in South Beach
Do you hear that?
I sure do. It's the sound of a chorus singing hallelujah because finally Kirk Gibson made the move I (and several others) have been calling for.
Patrick Corbin is in, Josh Collmenter is out.
Talk about an immediate impact. Corbin was very good in his first big league start on Monday, throwing five and two-thirds innings and only giving up three runs in a 9-5 win over the Miami Marlins.
If Corbin's good outing is any sign of things to come, the future is very, very bright for the D-backs. Not just because of the current rotation, which is looking pretty good, but because arms like Corbin's are in abundance in the D-backs organization.
If pitching really does win championships… I won't jinx it, but you see what I'm getting at.
Getting back to the series, I was really impressed by how well the Diamondbacks bounced back from a very poor series against the Phillies. Just like last year, the young players on this team are stepping up big time and are making a legitimate impact.
With all the success that the younger players have been enjoying, I have to say, I am worried about Ryan Roberts. There were questions as to whether Tatman is an every day third baseman in the spring, and unfortunately for Roberts, those questions are going to start to resurface if he doesn't start to swing the bat well.
The whole situation is one I would really not like to see unfold; I like Ryan Roberts, and so do the fans. But if he isn't producing, there is no time to be sentimental, Gibson will have to make a change.
Overall this series was a very good one for the Diamondbacks. They took their talents to South Beach, and came away victorious.
Series Report Card
While this really should have been a sweep, the D-backs needed to get back into a winning groove, and taking three of four from the Marlins did just that. But blowing a nice outing by Ian Kennedy cost them the A+ this time.
There were stretches of this series when the offense would go completely dormant. In fact, that has been a pretty consistent theme all year with the D-backs and that needs to change. However, taking it to Josh Johnson on Sunday really impressed me; tagging him for five runs is no easy feat. And for that matter, neither is putting up seven on Mark Buehrle.
The D-backs defense in the first two games of this series was absolutely outstanding. Ryan Roberts, Aaron Hill and Willie Bloomquist played as well as they have all year in the field. Sunday's three-error performance wasn't good, but I'm so impressed by Friday and Saturday that I'm willing to forgive them for their three errors and hand out the A+.
Joe Saunders… Let me repeat myself, Joe, "Ace of the staff" Saunders. Think I'm kidding? The man has the best ERA in baseball! Yes, you read that right. The combination of Saunders, Kennedy, Miley and Corbin's performances equals out to an A, but the bad performances by some members of the bullpen drag the grade down to a little bit.
The only problem I have with anything Kirk Gibson did in this series was that he decided not to pitch to Jose Reyes, but to pitch to Hanley Ramirez Saturday afternoon. From my perspective, you either pitch to Reyes or walk the bases loaded with two outs and pitch to Morrison. However, Gibson finally made the call to bring up Patrick Corbin from the minors, and for that, I salute him.
Play of the Series:
The play of this series, and possibly the defensive play of the season for the D-backs, was Willie Bloomquist's behind-the-back flip to second in the first inning on Sunday. Watching that live I had no idea how he got the ball to second in time; it was absolutely unbelievable.
Villain of the Series:
This series' villain award goes to Marlins' third baseman Hanley Ramirez. He took it personally when Jose Reyes was walked to get to him on Saturday, and he got the game- winning single in the bottom of the ninth to help Miami avoid the sweep.
Kirk Gibson Quote of the Series:
"He's athletic, he commands the strike zone, [he] embraces all the things we want our pitchers to do. He's been pretty good in the minor leagues and he seems to be getting better and better." - Talking about Patrick Corbin.
Player of the Series:
I'm going to give the POTS award to Willie Bloomquist this time around. He did pretty well at the plate this series, but his defense was superb when he was in at shortstop, and without some of the plays he made the Marlins would have probably scored a lot more runs.
The "We Get it, you Won the Game" Award:
This award goes to Hanley Ramirez for his celebration after his game-winning single on Saturday. First off, he celebrated like he just hit a walk-off grand slam in game seven of the World Series… Excuse me, Mr. Ramirez, it's April. Second, he glared at the D-backs dugout as if to say "you better not walk someone to get to me again, that's disrespectful." Really? Is it? You were 0-for-your last-26 before that at-bat. Next time, celebrate with some class, please.
Best Moment of the Series:
Say what you want about me for picking this as my moment of the series, but I'm doing it anyway. The best moment for me was when the Marlins hit a home run on Saturday. I have been waiting all season to see that gigantic light bright of a home run celebrator go off, shoot water, spin the Marlin, light up and whatever else it does. I missed it the first time, but on Saturday I got to see it in all of its glory. I was actually amazed by how much I liked it. Sure beats the big apple in Citi Field…
The Road Ahead:
The Diamondbacks continue their NL East road trip with a three-game series in Washington against the hot starting Nationals to open the month of May. Watch for newly promoted Bryce Harper in this series, he'll have a monstrous amount of hype behind every at-bat he has, but if he can produce is another story entirely.
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