D-backs Daily Wrap: March 14
— The D-backs dropped a pair of split-squad games.
They lost, 8-0, to the Padres in a day game at Salt River Fields.
They lost, 7-4, to the Rockies in a night game at Salt River Fields.
WHAT WE LEARNED:
This is worth watching as the regular season gets underway. Teams clearly believe that the best way to get Upton out is to pitch him inside. The problem is when pitchers try to go in and don’t have good enough control and end up hitting him.
The guy was plunked 19 times last year and it got pretty ridiculous after a while. It’s not that all of the HBP’s were intentional, but after a while enough is enough. I think you’ll see the D-backs pitchers take care of it much earlier this season.
— On a related note, it will interesting to see if this adds any fuel to the D-backs-Padres rivalry. Remember, these two teams didn’t really like each other much in Arizona’s infancy as an organization. That’s cooled quite a bit, but with Josh Byrnes and A.J. Hinch now with the Padres organization and the little dustup on Wednesday…well maybe that will change.
OK, so we knew that already, but still…
Have to say watching Corbin on the mound while Bauer was throwing a simulated game in the bullpen was somewhat surreal.
It’s clear that Bauer feels very strongly about his routine and doing plenty of throwing. To this point there doesn’t seem to be a reason to change him. Why mess with success?
— Josh Collmenter seems to be healthy after missing that start with tightness in his right forearm.
The results weren’t necessarily what he wanted, but again right now that’s not overly important.
— J.J. Putz threw well in his one inning of work in the night game.
— The D-backs finally got some hits and scored some runs in the night game. Gibson said he thought they were a little more aggressive in that game after taking too many pitches to this point in the spring.
WHAT’S COMING UP:
The D-backs travel to Mesa to take on the Cubs on Thursday with Opening Day starter Ian Kennedy set to take the mound. Kennedy has been battling flu like symptoms for the past week and allowed four runs in his last start. Barry Enright is also expected to pitch for the D-backs.
That’s all for today.
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