The Arizona Diamondbacks don’t quit – at least not Sunday

11 04 2011

Just when I was ready to lump the local 9 in the category of those teams that look doomed for a long season, the Arizona Diamondbacks rise up from a 5-1 deficit, take a lead, lose it and then regain the lead and win 10-8 over the Cincinnati Reds Sunday.

I’m back at the ballpark today to see if they build off that big win.

It’s been nice to see a lot of early-season baseball thus far. You look around at the records of the teams and you wonder, who are contenders and who are pretenders? How long can Cleveland, Baltimore and Kansas City (all 6-3) keep playing well? Will Tampa Bay recover from a 1-8 start? Is Boston’s 2-7 indicative of a season in which the Red Sox will miss out on the postseason?

Texas looks for real. They’re hitting and pitching well and it shows. At the bottom of the AL West sit the Seattle Mariners at 2-7 and it’s clear that their are holes throughout that lineup and pitching staff. I want to believe they can contend but it looks bleak.

In the National League, no major surprises but the minor surprises are St. Louis starting off slow and the Diamondbacks, a presumed afterthought in the NL West but they’re right in the thick of a pretty balanced division as it stands now. They play each other tonight in here in Phoenix.

It’s a busy time in the area. The Suns’ NBA season is about to end, but the Diamondbacks are just getting started, the NHL Coyotes are about to start the playoffs against Detroit and the ASU Sun Devils will unveil a new look to the public tomorrow. And the Arena Football franchise, the Rattlers, are in season.

Photo time.

Chase Field with roof closed due to rain Saturday.

The sun is out the next day, Chase Field at game time Sunday.

The giveaway item Sunday. Rave Green. In celebration of Green Week.

 

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