Arizona Diamondbacks

Manager: Chip Hale
Stadium: Chase Field
2008 Record: 82-80 (2nd in NL West)
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LINEUP

'08: Batting | Runs (10th in NL)
PLAYER B POS
Felipe Lopez B 2B
Stephen Drew L SS
Chris Young R CF
Conor Jackson R LF
Justin Upton R RF
Chad Tracy L 1B
Mark Reynolds R 3B
Chris Snyder R C
OFF THE BENCH
Eric Byrnes R OF
Augie Ojeda B INF

PITCHING

'08: Pitching | ERA (5th in NL)
ROTATION T POS
Brandon Webb R SP1
Dan Haren R SP2
Jon Garland R SP3
Doug Davis L SP4
Max Scherzer R SP5
BULLPEN
Tony Pena R Setup
Jon Rauch R Setup
Chad Qualls R Closer
 
If the D-backs start slowly, don't blame the schedule: They play 18 of their first 21 at home. "I'll tell you after April if it's a good thing or a bad thing," says veteran Tony Clark. Last year Arizona went 19-8 in April and looked like the class of the National League. And after that? The D-backs were 62-72 the rest of the way. During the winter, the team let vets Adam Dunn, Randy Johnson, Juan Cruz, Brandon Lyon and Orlando Hudson leave as free agents. So clearly it's time for the kids to follow through on the promise they showed two years ago, when the D-backs made the playoffs. Arizona was hoping that 25-year-old Chris Young would build on his 32-homer campaign of 2007, but he hit just 22 last year, with an anemic .315 OBP. Justin Upton, still just 21, looked like a phenom early, then hit .123 in June. And when Eric Byrnes went down with a torn hamstring in July, the team was left without a viable alternative in the outfield. Byrnes, who signed a $30 million extension in '07, should be ready in April. And if he ends up being one of the game's highest-paid reserves, thank the kids.
-- Tim Kurkjian

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PROSPECTS

HITTER TO WATCH:

Ryan Roberts may make the club as a utility player who can handle second, third or even catch. He's strong and has a little pop, but his hard swing leads to a lot of strikeouts.

PITCHER TO WATCH:

Juan Gutierrez might contribute as a spot starter or reliever with a four-pitch mix and a good changeup.
-- Keith Law, Scouts Inc.

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SPORTSNATION

Is young Justin Upton ready to be the top right fielder in the National League? Is former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb prepared to win the honor for a second time in 2009? And with Webb and Dan Haren, do the D-backs have the NL's best starting rotation? Register your vote.

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Great all-around rotation with different types of pitchers.


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SLEEPER

After some shoulder issues early in camp, Max Scherzer appears healthy and could become a top-50 starting pitcher this season, given his ability to get strikeouts by the truckload.

BUST

Eric Byrnes' hamstrings still aren't 100 percent, even after an offseason of rest and rehab, and he's going to have to fight for anything more than playing time as a platoon outfielder against lefties.
-- Jason Grey

INJURIES

Byrnes, formerly known for his speed, had a terrible 2008 when both wheels came off, as in both hamstring muscles were injured. Byrnes opted for a conservative treatment approach (meaning no surgery) and has recently been showing that his legs are healthy this spring. Although Byrnes is not currently slated to be an everyday player for the Diamondbacks, the ability to slot him in anywhere in the outfield makes him valuable off the bench. He still has plenty left in the tank, and is already looking speedier than before he was injured last year. Don't overlook him.
-- Stephania Bell

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