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D-Backs Ranked 2nd In NL Central In Defensive Efficiency

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If the D-backs start slowly, don't blame the schedule: They play 18 of their first 21 at home. "I'll tell you after April if it's a good thing or a bad thing," says veteran Tony Clark. Last year Arizona went 19 -- 8 in April and looked like the class of the National League. And after that? The D-backs were 62 -- 72 the rest of the way. During the winter, the team let vets Adam Dunn, Randy Johnson, Juan Cruz, Brandon Lyon and Orlando Hudson leave as free agents. So clearly it's time for the kids to follow through on the promise they showed two years ago, when the D-backs made the playoffs.

Arizona was hoping that 25-year-old Chris Young would build on his 32-homer campaign of 2007, but he hit just 22 last year, with an anemic .315 OBP. Justin Upton, still just 21, looked like a phenom early, then hit .123 in June. And when Eric Byrnes went down with a torn hamstring in July, the team was left without a viable alternative in the outfield. Byrnes, who signed a $30 million extension in '07, should be ready in April. And if he ends up being one of the game's highest-paid reserves, thank the kids.

Young and Chris Snyder are two of the best at their positions. But losing second baseman Hudson (who signed with the Dodgers) will hurt: Felipe Lopez and Stephen Drew form one of the game's worst middle infields.
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Yeah, they really needed a solid defensive player to fill that void, but it hasn't happened...and I think it's too late.


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Hey Dragon, I checked again thinking it was my mistake, the damn ESPN website have the D-Backs in the AL. lmaooo
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Hey Dragon, I checked again thinking it was my mistake, the damn ESPN website have the D-Backs in the AL. lmaooo
Hahaha! I didn't even notice it at first until I saw that the Mets were ranked second as well, then I saw that they had it under Al lol.


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