Saturday Feburary 16th, 2013

Aroldis Chapman

The 24-year-old Cuban defect Aroldis Chapman has become a sensation with his electric fastball that has been clocked as high as 106 mph in his young MLB career. Since signing with the Cincinnati Reds, Chapman has exclusively worked out of the bullpen, and became the clubs closer in 2012. Pitching coach Bryan Price, and  general manager Walt Jocketty have welcomed the team’s decision to transition Chapman to a starting pitcher.

Red’s manager Dusty Baker, however is not the biggest supporter of the club’s decision to transition Chapman to the rotation. The Red’s manager is going to miss having the luxury of being able to hand the ball to a lefty with 106 mph heat.

Cincinnati has decided that Chapman is more valuable as a starter getting 200 innings, versus 70 inning’s as a closer. Of course Chapman likely wouldn’t exceed 150 inning’s in 2013, his first season as a starter.

Chapman finished 2012 with 38 saves, struck out 15.3 hitter’s per nine innings, with an impressive a 1.51 ERA. The decision to transition Chapman to the ‘pen is a little easier knowing the 2012 pick-up Jonathan Broxton is capable of being a succesful replacement to the young fire baller Chapman.

Only time will tell, but it will be interesting to see if Chapman’s transition goes smoother than Joba Chamberlin, Neftali Feliz, and Daniel Bard experiments went with the respective clubs.

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2012-13 Off-Season in less than 300 words

Posted: February 12, 2013 by Codey Harrison in Uncategorized

Monday February 11th, 2013

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Codey Harrison: (Lead Editor, and President/CEO) – Baseball fans it has been a long five months since the collusion of the 2012 MLB regular season. It was a crazy off-season from Josh Hamilton signing with the rival Angels, to the fallout in the desert between management and the 25-year-old superstar Justin Upton, resulting in an all Upton reunion in Atlanta. Whether it’s Mariners ace King Felix becoming the highest paid pitcher in MLB history, or the market being dry for speedy outfielder Michael Bourn causing him to settle on a 4 year contract with Cleveland.

With the crazy as ever off-season Vegas has the world series favorites as the Toronto Blue Jays, following their off-season acquisitions of Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buerley, and Melkey Cabrera to name a few. The defending world series champion Giants are 6-2 odds of repeating in 2013 according to Vegas.

The 2013 season will see the Houston Astros switch to the American League, meaning there will be interleague play all season long. With the latest rumors surrounding Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees find a way to void Rodriguez’s monster contract which still has over $100 million dollars remaining on it.

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Game 2 of 3 Diamondbacks vs SF Giants 9/26/12

The Giants shut out the Dbacks thanks to the beast Matt Cain. Matt Cain just locked up his starting role in the divisional series championship Game 1 with an outstanding performance today getting his 16th win going 7 innings allowing just 4 hits, 1 walk and 6 K’s. The Dbacks struggled at the plate tonight and could not really get the ball rolling as they go 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and strand 9. The Giants gave them plenty of opportunity with 3 errors but the Dbacks just couldn’t string any hits together to get a run across. Wade Miley the rookie of the year candidate would go just 4 innings and give up 3 earned runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 3 K’s and drop to 16-11 on the season.

Matt Cain Gets The Win

Matt Cain would not only beat the Dbacks with his arm but would also do it with his bat in the 3rd inning hit a single to centerfield that did not look like a pitchers swing. Angel Pagan would walk followed by a sac bunt by Marco Scutaro. Pablo Sandoval would hit a RBI single to score Matt Cain the only run that would be needed today to beat the Dbacks.

Buster Posey Collects RBI 100 On A Base Hit.

Buster Posey would hit a single in the next at bat to get his 100th RBI on the season and take a 2-0 lead in the game. In the 4th the Giants would get a triple out of Brandon Belt who went 3 for 4 on the night to lead the way for the Orange & Black. Marco Scutaro would get a RBI single to LF to score Brandon Belt and the Giants end the night beating the Dbacks by a score of 6-0. My game ball has to go to the lights out pitching of Matt Cain who got the win tonight with his arm and 2 for 2 performance in the batters box.

Notes: The Giants are expected to release a statement tomorrow that will end the season of Melky Cabrera as they decide to not bring him back this season in the playoffs after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

The Season Is Over For Melky Cabrera After The Giants Decision To NOT Add Him To The Playoff Roster

Preview: The series is even at one a piece and will be decided tomorrow night when the Dbacks send young gunner Patrick Corbin to the mound to Square off against Barry Zito.

Patrick Corbin VS Barry Zito

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.

The Diamondbacks head into San Francisco to face the Playoff bound Giants in hopes to steal a few wins and gain a few games towards that hopeful wildcard spot.

Tyler Skaggs shut down for the season

The Dbacks who scratched Rookie Tyler Skaggs from his start due to a loss in velocity in recent starts has been shutdown by the Dbacks so they turn to Josh Collmenter.

Tim Lincecum

The Giants send Tim Lincecum to the mound to square off against a Dbacks team who has absolutely dominated him this year and had a loosing season so far this year. This outing for Lincecum would be reminiscent of his last against the Dbacks as he gets shelled by the man we will now refer to as “The Lincecum Killer” or TLK Paul Goldschmidtwho was 7 for 14 with 4 home runs batting .571 & 10 RBI’s before today is now 8 for 15 with 5 home runs.

The Lincecum Killer Paul Goldschmidt

Today was not a story about how Lincecum dominated hitters but how he got dominated by the Dbacks and Goldschmidt who went 1 for 2 with 5 RBI’s with a run scored. Tim Lincecum would start off the night with 4 straight balls to Adam Eaton for a walk, Aaron Hill would single on a line drive to LF followed by a Justin Upton ground ball that goes off of Lincecum’s shoulder for an infield base hit to load the bases. With 1 out Paul Goldschmidt would hit a sacrafice fly  to LF to score Eaton and Lincecum who could not command his fast ball would throw a wild pitch and Aaron Hill would score before a walk to Jason Kubel before getting Ryan Wheeler out. The 2nd inning would go by without a score but in the 3rd inning Lincecum would struggle again. Aaron Hill would lead off the 2nd with a single followed by a passed ball that would move Hill up 90′. Miguel Montero would walk and then Paul Golschmidt would step to the plate. The Lincecum Killer would take a breaking ball that missed high and drive it deep down the line and bounce it off the foul pole for his 5th home run against Lincecum and collect another 2 RBI’s to make it a 5-0 ball game. Into the bottom of the 4th and Josh Collmenter gives up a lead off double to Marco Scutaro to continue a 13 game hitting streak and Buster Poseywould swap places with him on a RBI double of his own as the crowd chanted MVP MVP.

MVP Candidate Buster Posey

Buster Posey is in a tight race for MVP with Pirates Andrew McCutchen, McCutchen who may have the lead right now because of the slugging numbers is barely holding on to a lead in numbers but Posey is Gaining on him. In the 5th Lincecum would serve up a single to Aaron Hill and a Justin Upton Walk would be yanked off the mound by Bruce Bochy after 4 innings and 7 runs on 5 hits and be replaced by Dan Runzler. Runzler like Lincecum would struggle to find the strike zone and would walk his first batter before falling victim to The Lincecum Killer Paul Goldschmidt who would hit a sac fly  to center to score Aaron Hill to give the Dbacks a 6-1 lead. Things would seam to get worse when 1 batter later while Jason Kubel was batting another wild pitch would be thrown and would cost the Giants another run. The Dbacks pitching would record 10 straight groundouts in the next 3 innings while Aaron Hill recorded 4 straight outs at 2nd. The Giants would add a run on the board on a single by Xavier Nady single and a pinch hit double by Ryan Theriot to score a run in the 8th. The run in the 8th would be their last scoring opportunity and the Giants fall short on a night where Paul Goldschmidt could do no wrong. My Game Ball goes to The Lincecum Killer Paul Goldschmidt for hit Home Run and 5 RBI’s. The Honorable mention goes to Aaron Hill who went 3 for 5 scoring 3 times.

2012 Rookie Of The Year Candidate Wade Miley

Preview: The Dbacks look to Rookie of the year candidate Wade Miley who is 16-10 with a 3.25 ERA against the Giants Ace Matt Cain who is a staggering 15-5 with a 2.86 ERA. The Dbacks who have won 7 out of 9 games recently has scored 5 or more runs in 6 of the last 7 games will have a tuff task trying to hit one of the most dominant pitchers in MLB today.

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.

The Dbacks pack their bags and head to Colorado to face the last place rockies in a 4 game series at Coors Field. The Dbacks mathematically can still make the second wild card slot in the playoffs with a little help from  some loss by other divisional teams. All the Dbacks can do is take care of their own buisness and keep winning to give them a chance and the rest will work itself out. The Dbacks would throw some haymakers in this game swinging for the fences and would jump out to a lead on a Justin Upton walk followed by a Paul Goldschmidt RBI double to get the lead 1-0.  The Rockies would answer with a single by Dexter Fowler and a double by Josh Rutledge to make it 1-1. 2 batters later Wilin Rosario hits an RBI single to left field to score Rutledge. The Dbacks would strand the bases loaded in the 2nd with a single and 2 walks. In the 3rd the Dbacks would get a walk from Justin Upton and he would steal 2nd base so the Rockies walk Paul Goldschmidt.

Justin Upton 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 walks

With 2 on Miguel Montero would double to score both Upton and Goldy to make it 3-2. The dbacks were not done in the 3rd as Gerardo Parra hits a sacrafice fly to score Montero to end the inning ahead 4-2. The Rockies continue to battle adding 2 runs in the 4th to tie the game on a single a double and a sac fly. into the 4th the Dbacks start to blow this game open when Upton singles followed by a walk by Goldschmidt and a RBI single by Montero. Chris Johnson would hit a double to score Goldy and Parra would get walked intentionally to get to John McDonald who would make them pay with a 2 RBI single to make it a 8-4 game. The Rockies go quietly in the 4th as the Dbacks add another run in the 5th on a walk and a single with an error. The onslaught continues for the Dbacks with a Parra single, John McDonald single and Parra thrown out at home. Adam Eaton would get to the plate in the 6th and hit his 2nd home run in 2 days and increases the score to 11-4 SEE VIDEO HERE: 

The Rockies would add their last run of the night on a double by Chris Nelson and a RBI single by Jonathan Herrera. Chris Johnson would hit a home run in the 7th with  1 man on to take a 13-5 lead and in the 8th Adam Eaton would single and Aaron hill would hit a double and then watch Adam Eaton score from 1st easily to make it 14-5. http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25007197&c_id=ari&partnerId=aw-6209403727802402940-1028#/copy

Elmore would hit a sac RBI in the 9th to cap a 19 hit night for the Dbacks and a blow out 15-5 score. 7 Dbacks players record 2+ hits in this game as they score in every inning but the 2nd.

Todays Game Ball Goes To Miguel Montero

Todays Game Ball goes to Miguel Montero who finished the night 3 for 5 scoring 3 times with 3 RBI’s, a double and a great game behind the plate calling balls and strikes. Wade Miley gets the win tonight and pretty much locks up the rookie of the year award for the season going 16-10 with a 3.25 ERA.

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.


The SanDiego Padres try to avoid a series sweep by the Diamondbacks after loosing game 1 3-2 and game 2 by a score of 6-2. The Dbacks would loose a close one by a score of 6-5 after a late surge will stall in the 9th.

Rookie Pitcher Tyler Skaggs the youngest starting pitcher in MLB takes the mound today.

The Rookie Tyler Skaggs would toe the rubber for the Dbacks in his 5th start and would exit early in the 5th after giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. The Dbacks would a lot of production out of right fielder Justin Upton going 3 for 4 scoring 2 runs as Chris Johnson goes 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s on the night. The Padres would jump out to an early lead after a walk by Chase Headley walks and Yasmani Grandal hit a single. with 2 on and 1 out Jesus Guzman hits a home run to left center for a 3-0 lead.

Aaron Hill hits a home run.

In the bottom of the first Aaron Hill would get the Dbacks on the board with a solo home run. Andy Parrino would lead off with a walk that would pay off for the Padres when 3 batters later Logan Forsythe hits a RBI double. the next few innings go by with no runs until the bottom of the 4th when the Dbacks lead off with a Double by Upton followed by a walk to Paul Goldschmidt. Chris Johnson would hit a single to left field that would score Upton to make it a 4-2 game. After a pitching change by the Dbacks to Brad Bergesen would give up a lead off single to Parrino and Chris Denorfia would hit a RBI double. Chase Headley would Double 2 batters later to score Denorfia to make it a 6-2 ball game. In the bottom of the 6th Upton would hit a triple to deep center and Goldschmidt would hit a RBI single to go 6-3. Two batters later Chris Johnsonhits a RBI single to get the score 4-6.

Eaton hits his first homerun ball.

In the 7th the Spark Plug Adam Eaton would hit a ball to right field that would carry over the right field fence for a Solo Home run for his first ever MLB home run and his 8th on the season including AAA. SEE VIDEO HERE:http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=24933715 The Dbacks loose the game 6-5 as Tyler Skaggs gets the Loss and Clayton Richardgets the win improving to 14-12 on the season.

Game Ball goes to Justin Upton and Chris Johnson going 3 for 4.

My Game ball gets cut in half tonight as Justin Upton and Chris Johnson both go 3 for 4 on the night and both deserve the game ball. Tomorrow the Dbacks head to Colorado to face a rockies team hampered by injuries and a roster full of newcomers.

AAA National Champions Reno Aces Win The Title 10-3 Over The Pawtucket Paw Socks

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE………..

Today we switch it up and throw the AAA up top as what they did today is something that may only happen to a team once if ever. The Reno Aces not only won their PCL Division Tittle this season but they also won their first ever conference Title, A Pacific Coast League Title and They also won the AAA National Championship Title By beating the Pawtucket Paw Socks 10-3 Tuesday night.

2012 AAA Nation Champions Reno Aces

The Aces win the National Championship by sending Trevor Bauer The #1 pitching prospect  in the Nation and the 3rd overall pick of the draft to the mound at 21 years old. On the other end of the spectrum the Paw Socks send their Ace a 38 year old Nelson Figueroa who wants to end his career on a high note with a National Title. Theres one problem with that equation…. Figueroa never had to face a star studded line up like the Reno Aces and at 38 years old this may not have been the time to test himself.

Reno Aces Pitcher Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer would make quick work of the 1st inning by recording 2 ground outs and a strike out to end the first. The Aces would jump all over Figueroa in the first inning when PCL champion MVP AJ Pollock stepped in the box as the first batter and took the 2nd pitch deep to center for a triple. Tyler Kuhn would get a RBI single to score Pollock and Josh Bell and Mike Jacobs strike out.

Mike Jacobs

With 2 outs Brent Clevlen steps up to the plate and absolutly smashes a ball over the center field fence for a 2 run home run and a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd for the Paw Socks Danny Valencia would hit a lead off double but would be stranded on base after Bauer would get a strike out and two pop ups to end the 2nd for Pawtucket. The Reno Aces were not done swinging the bats just yet as Tyler Bortnick would single, Ryan Budde would line out to center for out #1. AJ Pollock would hit a RBI double to CF scoring Bortnick, Tyler Kuhn singles to score Pollock and Josh Bell singles to score Kuhn and make it a 6-0 game.

Tyler Kuhn

Bauer would have some trouble in the 3rd with his command walking 2 men but gets out of it by striking out 2 and getting a ground ball to keep the game scoreless. Brett Butler keeps the foot on the throttle in the 3rd and scores 2 more runs on a single by Brent Clevlen, a Taylor Harbin walk, Ryan Budde RBI Sac fly,  Keon Broxton singles to 2nd to end the 3rd.    In the top of the 4th the Paw Socks would get on the board with a Danny Valencia walk, Dan Butler single, Jonathan Hee walk, and a 3rd walk of the inning by Bauer walking Che Hsuan Lin would push across Valencia. in the 4th Reno would go quietly for the first time to keep the score 8-1. The Paw Socks would snag another run in the 5th when Tony Thomas uncorks on a fast ball and hits a solo home run making it 8-2.  Before the top of the 5th was over Trevor Bauer would be relieved of his duties after walking the bases loaded and Mike Demark would get the 3rd out on 2 pitches. Trevor Bauer would get a no decision on the night and go 4.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 7 walks and 6 K’s. In the bottom of the 5th the Aces would get that run back on a Tyler Bortnick hits a lead off double and Keon Broxton hit a 2 run Home run to tack on 2 more runs making it a 10-2 game. With exception to the 1 run in the 7th by Pawtucket the rest of the night would be handed to the bullpen as the reno aces send Sam Demel in for a 1 run inning.

Trevor Bauer & Jensen Lewis celebrate championship

Jensen Lewis has been Reno’s set up man all year and has really been lights out for the Aces all year having a perfect 8th inning to cap off his season before handing the ball over to the closer Big Jonathan Albaladejo who came in and blew the ball right past everyone. The Aces cap an amazing season with an amazing performance to prove that in fact they are the best team in AAA baseball this year as they blow through the competition and win their first AAA National Championship. Congrats to the Aces ball club on a spectacular performance and making it fun to cover you all year. The sacrifices these guys make day in and day out to play the game we all love so much often goes un-noticed and on behalf of the Fans and Behindhomeplatebaseball.com we Thank You for all your time and efforts. Good luck to those who get called up and we will see you in the spring, only 196 days till we return let the countdown begin.

GAME NOTES:

Reno Aces PCL championship MVP and National Championship MVP A.J. Pollock

AJ Pollock would be selected as the National Championships MVP going 2 for 5 scoring twice with a double, a triple and1 RBI.Pollock was also selected as the leagues PCL Championship MVP.

Tyler Bortnick

Honorable mention goes to Tyler Bortnick 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. 6 players had 2 hits or more: Pollock, Kuhn, Bell, Clevlen, Bortnick, and Broxton. CALL UPS: AJ Pollock and Mike Jacobs were called up today to the Dbacks and both are class acts that should add some depth to the bench for pinch hitting for the rest of the year.

MLB Diamondbacks vs Padres Game 1

The Dbacks place themselves in the wild card race with their last 2 wins and look to keep the winning streak going and end this season on a high note. With 17 games left in the season and the way this division is shaping up they may need to win at least 10 of those games and may need some help from others to get in. To do that they would send their young 27 Year old Ace IPK Ian Kennedy to the mound to square off against 33 year old Eric Stults. The fans were excited to see Chris Youngs return to the line up after his recent injury but it would be short lived when the first pitch was hit deep to center he tracked the ball to the warning track and made the catch but came up limping. You could read his lips as he looked to the dugout and said “im done” giving the signal to Gibby. after the game he said ” i felt good before the game and i put in a lot of work but as soon as i got it, it grabbed on me”. Chris Young likely wont return this season and comes out of the game and Adam Eaton takes over center field as Gerardo Parra takes Left Field.

Adam Eaton

Kennedy would struggle in the first giving up a single, a walk and a single to get to Yonder Alonso who would hit a sac fly to score Logan Forsythe to make it a 1-0 ball game in 1st. Starting it off for the Dbacks would be the spark plug known as Adam Spanky Eaton who would draw a 9 pitch walk, Eaton would steal his 2nd base swiping 2nd. The stolen base by Eaton would prove to be huge for the Dbacks as Paul Goldschmidt singles to right field Eaton easily trots in. Miguel Montero would double to score Goldschmidt and the Dbacks now lead 2-1. the game would be relativley quiet for a few innings until the 5th when Justin Upton walks and Montero hits a double to score Upton 3-1 Dbacks. a few more scoreless innings and Kennedy goes 8 innings of outstanding pitching giving up 1 run on 7 hits with 6 K’s, before handing the ball over to J.J Putz to get the save to win the game 3-2.

Game Ball to IPK 8 innings 1 run.

GAME BALL: My game ball has to go to IPK for pitching one hell of a game with some of his best pitching in the 8th striking out 2 men. Honorable mention: Montero goes 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s  and Adam Eaton doing what a lead off guy is supposed to do with 2 walks and a stolen base scoring a run.

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.