May 2011 - Arizona Diamondbacks Wiretap
D-Backs Release Russell Branyan
The Diamondbacks have released veteran first baseman Russell Branyan. The move leaves Juan Miranda as the primary starter at first, with Xavier Nady the backup. Branyan hit .210 and was 0 for 15 as a pinch-hitter. "I told you guys a week ago that I really wanted to solve that (three-way platoon) because I really didn't think it was fair to the guys," manager Kirk Gibson said. " ... Russ will get picked up by another team. He's a class guy, I enjoyed my time with him. He's got a lot of baseball left in him."
RealGM's MLB Team Rankings Through 5/20/11
The Opsera is a statistic RealGM's Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA). In order to determine a team's Opsera, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract the team's ERA from that number. Below are the final rankings through Thursday, May 19th's games: Last week's ranking is in parenthesizes 1. (1) St. Louis Cardinals - 4.36 The Cardinals rank first in runs, batting average and on-base percentage. Those numbers could fall if Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman missed an extended period of time. 2. (2) New York Yankees - 4.18 They lost six-straight prior to their current three-game run, but their struggling percentage (1st, .446) and runs (3rd, 218) have kept them afloat. 3. (5) Cleveland Indians - 4.13 Cleveland ranks in the top ten in the four main hitting and pitching categories. Many still expect them to fall, but more than a quarter of the way through the season they are still running away with the AL Central. 4. (6) Atlanta Braves - 4.07 The Braves are staying alive in the NL East thanks to their exceptional pitching staff. Their 2.91 ERA is second behind only the Athletics, while they are tops in terms of WHIP (1.10) and batting average-against (.221). 5. (9) Oakland Athletics - 3.73 Oakland is the AL's version of Atlanta -- almost entirely pitching. 6. (8) Florida Marlins - 3.72 Gaby Sanchez (.317/.400/.509) continues to keep the Marlins afloat while Hanley Ramirez tries to work out of his slump. 7. (3) Philadelphia Phillies - 3.67 They are who we thought they were. The Phillies are hitting .247/.313/.367 as a team, while their pitching has been stellar. T8. (7) Tampa Bay Rays - 3.66 The Rays can be better offensively, which they'll likely need as their pitches hit the heart of the AL East schedule. -- (10) Texas Rangers - 3.66 A lot has worked out for the Rangers this season (Michael Young, Adrian Beltre and Alexi Ogando), but their injuries offset the good fortune. 10. (4) Los Angeles Angels - 3.58 Jered Weaver has lost four straight decisions after starting the season 6-0 and the Angels have dropped nine of their last 12 contests. Dan Haren, who has been brilliant, is 0-2 in his last six starts despite allowing more than two earned runs just once. 11. (15) Toronto Blue Jays - 3.57 12. (13) Cincinnati Reds - 3.47 13. (11) San Francisco Giants - 3.45 14. (18) Milwaukee Brewers - 3.39 15. (16) Colorado Rockies - 3.28 16. (17) New York Mets - 3.25 17. (22) Arizona Diamondbacks - 3.24 18. (21) Boston Red Sox - 3.20 19. (19) Detroit Tigers - 3.19 20. (14) San Diego Padres - 3.16 21. (23) Chicago White Sox - 2.96 22. (20) Pittsburgh Pirates - 2.94 T23. (12) Kansas City Royals - 2.88 -- (26) Chicago Cubs - 2.88 25. (25) Washington Nationals - 2.78 26. (24) Los Angeles Dodgers - 2.74 27. (27) Seattle Mariners - 2.69 28. (28) Baltimore Orioles - 2.47 29. (29) Houston Astros - 2.02 30. (30) Minnesota Twins - 1.41
Collmenter Begins Career With 21 Scoreless Innings
Diamondbacks right-hander Josh Collmenter has recorded back-to-back six-inning scoreless outings for the team to begin his career spectacularly. Including the bullpen work he did, Collmenter has compiled 21 consecutive scoreless innings. He became the 20th starting pitcher since 1998 to pitch 12 scoreless innings to start his career, which is a Diamondbacks record. "How could it be any better?" Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson asked. "Yeah, he's done a great job," Gibson said. "We couldn't ask for any more. Hopefully he keeps it going."
Melvin Returns To D-Backs In Advisory Role
Bob Melvin has agreed to return to the organization he once managed as a special baseball advisor reporting to team president and CEO Derrick Hall. Melvin will assist not just the baseball operations department, but also other business divisions of the organization. "It's great to be back," Melvin said. "I feel as far as baseball goes, this is my home." Melvin managed the Diamondbacks from 2005 until being dismissed on May 8, 2009 by then general manager Josh Byrnes. He compiled a 337-340 record.
D-Backs Designate Galarraga For Assignment
The Diamondbacks designated right-hander Armando Galarraga for assignment Tuesday night after the teamís 6-1 win over the Padres, according to an Yahoo! Sports report. Galarraga, acquired by the Diamondbacks from the Tigers in January for a pair of prospects, was 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA in eight starts for Arizona.
Gibson Unhappy With D-Backs Performance
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson was making a list as he watched the Diamondbacks lose to Colorado 6-4 on Wednesday, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. He wasnít sharing the contents of his card after the game, but itís safe to say it wasnít a compilation of compliments. The Diamondbacks, Gibson said, ďdidnít make the pitches, didnít make the plays, didnít run the bases good. All around, we werenít very good tonight against a very good team.Ē