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2017 Schedule
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23hScott Spratt

Forecasting MLB's best, worst fielders

It isn't his range that projects Yasmany Tomas to be among the worst for defensive runs saved this season, but rather his arm.

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3dJoe Peta

Predicting Diamondbacks' 2017 record

Expectations are low for the Arizona Diamondbacks this spring, and Joe Peta is not convinced they'll clear even that modestly set bar.

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5dDavid Schoenfield

2017 breakout pitchers: Robbie Ray

Ray's strikeout rate of 11.25 per nine innings s a good barometer of what to expect in 2017.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Zack Greinke on his spring: "Each start has been just a little better so far."

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Taijuan Walker has a league-leading 21:1 strikeout to walk ratio this spring. His mastery of that category in 2015 was largely the reason I was so high on him entering 2016. Chase Field scares me with him, but I think it's time to move him up a few spots in the rankings.

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12dDavid Schoenfield

Make-or-break season ahead for Archie Bradley

Bradley is still just 24, but he needs to throw more strikes to reach that top-of-the-rotation potential he flashed when he was a top-10 prospect.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

New at Diamondbacks Games: Bacon-wrapped pretzel baguette stuffed with black forest ham & Swiss cheese, served with honey mustard and roasted jalapeno ranch dipping sauces ($16)

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Jim Bowden

Worry about Zack Greinke's spring struggles

Greinke has not looked good this spring -- his velocity is down and his command is not pinpoint. He's always been a slow starter, but the D-backs can't afford that.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Reymond Fuentes al lado de la cueva boricua. Puerto Rico con ventaja 9-3 tras 8 entradas y a un paso de boleto a San Diego.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Torey Lovullo is managing in Arizona, but his son, Nick, keeps the Lovullo name alive in Red Sox camp. Nick, an infielder, was Boston's 20th-round pick last year out of Holy Cross.

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BBTN: Concern Over Greinke's Velocity, Twins' Buxton

A chat with Twins CF Byron Buxton follows Buster Olney's discussion with Jayson Stark about Zack Greinke's diminished velocity, Gerrit Cole's dominant spring and more. Plus, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer on how the Indians have looked thus far.

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22dTony Blengino

Can these hurlers master their 'problem pitch'?

High expectations are not new for Chris Archer, but to reach his potential he must conquer the one pitch that gives him fits. With a tweak or two, what other pitchers can improve this season?

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24dCraig Edwards, Special to ESPN.com

D-backs would be wise to extend Robbie Ray

Projections are optimistic regarding Ray, but he could eventually find himself in the bullpen if he doesn't add another pitch. Even so, he's worth the risk for Arizona.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Anthony Rizzo says Paul Goldschmidt is the best 1st baseman in baseball: "He has a down year and still hits .300."

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28dBradford Doolittle

D-backs' Problem Projection: Lefty Hitting

Arizona figures to be shuffling through its middle-infield options to start the season, but it would be nice if switch-hitter Ketel Marte made his presence felt in the shortstop platoon.

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Taking a big cut in 2017

For these four teams, 2017 will look a lot different on the field and on the balance sheet. Each team made significant cuts to their payrolls for the upcoming season.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average5.0930th
Quality Starts62Tied-27th
WHIP1.4930th
BAA.27529th
Runs75210th
Batting Average.2618th
On Base Percentage.32017th
Slugging Percentage.4327th

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