Having lost some familiar faces with the departure of outfielder Chris Young, shortstop Stephen Drew and left fielder Justin Upton, the D-backs are looking to create a more balanced, speed-based attack plan, rather than relying on home runs to score. According to general manager Kevin Towers, there was a correlation between the games in which they hit homers and the games they won. Hopefully this new balanced approach will be more consistent as an attack plan than their record in recent years.
Along with a new plan of action come some new faces, including Martin Predo popping into the outfield, pitcher Brandon McCarthy taking the mound and Eric Chavez manning third base. While not completely making up for the loss of power players, the team’s management has high hopes.
In the words of general managing partner Ken Kendrick, “I think we’re a much better club today than we were when the season ended.”
Only time will tell if Kendrick’s words will be substantiated, but judging by the confidence the coaches seem to have in their new lineups, it’s sure to be an interesting season.