Boys of Summer; Arizona Diamondbacks
The 2015 season that started at the beginning of May is in full swing at Chase Field this year, and this season the Dbacks look very different than they did last season. Several new faces have made their way onto the roster and the management team and they have already found a strong momentum.
New skipper Chip Hale has brought changes to the starting lineup that have changed the dynamic of the Dbacks batting. The snakes also make a big investment in young Cuban slugger, Yasmany Tomas, who is believed to become a major asset in the hitting department as he becomes more experienced. Tomas, Mark Trumbo and several others are currently hitting above the .300 mark, making the Diamondbacks offense far more powerful and competitive, especially in higher-scoring games.
On the defensive side, the starting pitcher rotation has proven to be more impressive than expected. With only one returning starter from last season in Josh Collmenter, the pitching staff has seen a boost from rookie pitcher Archie Bradley and newly signed Dback Rubby De La Rosa, and sometime in June, Patrick Corbin could take the mound for the snakes for the first time since 2013.
Lots of people attributed last season’s losses to an inordinate amount of runners left on the bases. The 2015 season has drastically improved thus far (the snakes are currently sixth in the league with runners in scoring position) and this could lead to numbers stacking up in the wins column, making them a force in the competitive NL West.
Average attendance so far this year is 25,000, bringing fans from all over the Valley from Sun City to Apache Junction to the downtown area. The season’s sure to heat up as the Dbacks head towards the All Star break. If you’re planning a visit downtown, check the schedule, catch a game and root for the home team!