Continuing Around the Foghorn’s series of previewing all opponents for the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, today we take a look at the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants haven’t had the rivalry like that of the Giants vs. Dodgers rivalry or the Giants vs. A’s rivalry. However, the Giants have consistently pulled off more wins over the Dbacks than they have over us.
Last season the Diamondbacks went 69-93, winning only 6 of the 19 games played against us. During this season the Diamondbacks used 19 rookies, 10 making their debut such as: Jake Barrett, Vince Campos, Mike Freeman, Kyle Jensen, and more. The Diamondbacks entered and ended the season with the youngest team roster in baseball- which is probably why they finished last in the division. With their youngest player being 26 years old, in my opinion, it was inexperience that killed the Diamondbacks’ season.
On a more positive note, Arizona improved their number of runs to 190 adding 36 more home runs from 2015 and also led the MLB in stolen bases with a 81.5 stolen base percentage. The Diamondbacks also finished the Cactus League with the best overall record. Favored to win the NL West division in 2016 and compete deep into the post-season, Arizona shocked both fans and experts alike.
Jean Segura definitely brought smiles to Arizona fan faces with what he brought to the table, and Zack Greinke was expected to. Greinke, finishing 2015 with an impressive 1.66 ERA, finished the 2016 season with a 4.37 ERA and only 134 strikeouts. On July 3rd he was placed on the disabled list and was labelled a lost cause from then on but he is expected to truly perform in 2017. On the other hand Segura hit 102 runs, 41 doubles, and batted .319. With these numbers, Diamondback fans breathed a sigh of relief knowing that their 2016 wasn’t THAT bad. But who else did the Dbacks bring on for 2017?