The Arizona Diamondbacks had just two home stands during the month of May. The first ended with the D-backs going 0-6 against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The second home stand was much different with the team going 4-1 with a two-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants and winning the just concluded series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Diamondbacks fans were breathing just a little better at the end of this home stand. The team is now headed out for a nine-game road trip through the National League West. They begin with a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies starting tomorrow followed by three games with the San Francisco Giants and ending with three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With the team packing up to leave town it is time once again for another edition of the State of the Home Stand Address where I give a synopsis of the previous home stand. As always let me begin with my standard disclaimer.
The viewpoints expressed here are my own personal opinions and do not reflect the views of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Major League Baseball, or any sane human being.
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As noted earlier, the on-field performance was notably better than we have seen so far this season with the Diamondbacks taking two from the Giants and two from the Blue Jays. The starting pitching continued to look good despite not having Brandon Webb on the active roster.
Webb worked out before Sunday’s finale playing catch in the outfield. He was approximately 60 feet away and threw for 10 minutes. During that time pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre monitored the work and took photos. In all honesty it was hard to gauge whether Webb’s arm angle was any different than in previous sessions.
The difference between 102 degrees and 110 degrees to the naked eye when a pitcher is throwing is hard to determine. Obviously the biomechanical analysis Webb received at the offices of Dr. Andrews showed the difference but short of that kind of constant measurement I am not sure how successful Webb will be in adjusting the angle.
The relief pitching seemed to be slightly better. Of course when your car is on fire and traveling at the speed of light towards a solid rock wall, slightly better doesn’t make you feel any better. The fans and the coaching staff all seem to cringe whenever the Diamondbacks starting pitcher was removed from a game.
The crowds at Chase Field were relatively modest with the exception of Saturday’s game which featured the Garden Gnome giveaway. That game was attended by a crowd equal to the whole San Francisco series. Maybe every night needs to be Garden Gnome night.
The concessions at Chase Field seem to be reaching mid-season form which for many is not a good thing. Hungry Hill remains my favorite with their consistently good menu items. The only knock I have on them is the continual absence of spicy mustard. If they would began carrying packages of spicy mustard like other vendors it would be perfect.
Macayo’s remains a work in progress as far as my family is concerned. They keep going back trying menu items but so far they still miss Garcias flavors. The rolled tacos are gaining a following but the mini-chimis with the BBQ flavor still seems a little out of place.
At the other end of the spectrum is Ribbies and Red Hots. The quality of each continues to go downhill. During this home stand we received a chicken sandwich on a moldy bun from Ribbies and the fries at Red Hots are consistently cold. I would suggest staying away from these for now.
Overall the home stand was filled with positives. The Diamondbacks are now on a three-city nine-game road trip. They return to Chase Field on June 4 for a three game series with the Colorado Rockies followed by four games against the Atlanta Braves and finally a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
There are a lot of great games coming up so grab some tickets now and plan on joining me at Chase Field rooting for the home team.