With the final out at Dodger Stadium, the Diamondbacks 2010 season mercifully came to a close. This year was so far removed from how it was expected to go. After a disastrous 2009 where manager Bob Melvin was fired and ace Brandon Webb went down on Opening Day this year was supposed to be better.
The Diamondbacks picked up the option on Webb and expectations were he would return to dominating form to show that 2009 was just an aberration. General Manager Josh Byrnes assured everyone things were going to be better.
Whenever anyone discusses the deal that sent Dan Haren to the Los Angeles Angels they rave about the young prospects the Diamondbacks received in the deal. Everyone is high on pitchers Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs.
They talk about the high ceiling both of these players have and how in 2-3 years the Diamondbacks will be reaping the rewards of this trade. Rarely does anyone talk about Joe Saunders, the major league pitcher included in the deal.
It’s the beginning of the end, the last three-game series of the season. It seems like an out-of-body experience. The Diamondbacks last home game was nearly a week ago. After that game the fans all said good-bye and watched as Chase Field went dark for the next several months at least from a baseball perspective.
After a three-game series where the Diamondbacks were swept by the division leading San Francisco Giants they have made their way to Los Angeles to end the season at Dodger Stadium.
Although there are only four games remaining in the 2010 regular season, things are active with regards to the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching staff. This news covers not only those on the major league staff but also pitchers in Tucson attending Instructional League.
Let’s begin with the major league roster. Starter Ian Kennedy made his final start of the season last night against the San Francisco Giants. Kennedy pitched well going five innings allowing just five hits.
Arizona Diamondbacks fans were greeted this morning by a wave of bad news. As if watching their team mired in a full season of losing was not enough the baseball Gods were piling onto their woes.
It was a milestone of sorts for injured Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb. This particular milestone had little to do with his on field results or lack thereof.
Webb had requested a meeting with the Arizona Diamondbacks front office to discuss his future and in particular the remaining week of the 2010 season.
Diamondbacks closer Juan Gutierrez threw a 94 MPH fastball to Dodgers first baseman James Loney. Loney hit a pop fly in foul territory. Arizona third baseman Tony Abreu caught the ball to close out the final home stand for the Diamondbacks.
After an off day today the Diamondbacks will embark on the final road trip of the 2010 season. They will play a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park before ending the year with a three-game series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.