2011 MLB Predictions - Team Predictions: Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

2010 Season Recap

The Arizona Diamondbacks 2011 MLB Season couldn't be any worse than their 2010 season, could it? See where they stack up in the National League West in my predictions for the 2011 MLB Season - National League.

The 2010 MLB Season marked the second consecutive year the Arizona Diamondbacks finished with a losing record (65-97) and in last place in the National League (NL) West.

The team's slow start resulted in manager AJ Hinch and general manager Josh Byrnes losing their jobs midway through the season.

Hinch was replaced by the legendary Kirk Gibson while Jerry Dipoto filled in for Byrnes on an interim basis before Kevin Towers was hired in the off-season.

To make matters worse, the 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks set the all-time MLB Team Record for strikeouts by a hitters with 1,529 with Adam LaRoche (172) and Mark Reynolds (211) both leading the charge.

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LaRoche was not resigned and Reynolds was traded to the Baltimore Orioles during the offseason. The Diamondbacks also made various moves for the 2011 MLB Season to improve their bullpen's league worst 5.47 ERA, including the signing of veteran closer JJ Putz.

After trading tenured veterans and fan favorites, Chad Qualls, Dan Haren and Reynolds, along with hiring Gibson and Towers, the 2011 MLB Season is certainly a new beginning for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Here are the 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks Predictions:

Lineup Stat Key:

GP: Games Played

AVG: Batting Average

R: Runs Scored

HR: Home Runs

RBI: Runs Batted In

SB: Stolen Bases

OBP: On Base Percentage

BB: Walks

2011 Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1) Chris Young - CF


Chris Young was one of the few bright spots in the Arizona Diamondbacks season. Young set career highs in SB (28), R (94), RBI (91) and AVG (.257) while surpassing 25 HR for the first time since his 2007 rookie season. Entering the prime of his career, expect both his SB and R to increase if he bats leadoff in 2011, while the RBI totals might tail off.

GP: 158 AVG: .260 R: 105 HR: 28 RBI: 75 SB: 34

2) Stephen Drew - SS


Stephen Drew had perhaps the best season of his career in 2010, although there is still room for improvement. His 10 SB and 62 BB were both career highs, while his 15 HR, 61 RBI and .278 AVG failed to match his impressive 2008 stats. If his best OBP (.352) continues to rise, Drew should fit in nicely batting second in the Diamondacks lineup.

GP: 156 AVG: .280 R: 90 HR: 17 RBI: 70 SB: 8

3) Kelly Johnson - 2B


Kelly Johnson had the best year of his career in almost every statistical category, including R (93), HR (26), SB (13) and RBI (71), after coming to the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Atlanta Braves. Chase Field (4th best hitters park) probably didn't hurt matters and you can expect much of the same with Johnson in the prime of his career batting third in the lineup.

GP: 160 AVG: .280 R: 85 HR: 24 RBI: 88 SB: 10

Justin Upton - Right Field

The success of the Arizona Diamondbacks 2011 MLB Season could be determined by the play of Justin Upton.
The success of the Arizona Diamondbacks 2011 MLB Season could be determined by the play of Justin Upton. | Source

4) Justin Upton - RF

Justin Upton had a disappointing, 2010 MLB Season, with every major stat besides strikeouts (152) lower than his 2009 performance. At 23 years old, Upton is already the face of the franchise after the trades of both Haren and Mark Reynolds. The Diamondbacks will need a major rebound from their RF for any chance to succeed in the 2011 MLB Season.

GP: 140 AVG: .285 R: 90 HR: 24 RBI: 96 SB: 22

5) Miguel Montero - C


Miguel Montero played in only 85 games in 2010, thanks in large part to a major knee injury suffered in early April. With Chris Snyder now on the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montero should see a significant increase in ABs in the 2011 MLB Season and plenty of RBI opportunities batting fifth.

GP: 130 AVG: .275 R: 58 HR: 22 RBI: 70 SB: 1

6) Melvin Mora - 3B


Melvin Mora joined the Arizona Diamondbacks in the off-season from the Colorado Rockies where he was largely a platoon player in the 2010 season. Mora will be the team's primary third basemen and, if healthy, could see close to 200 more ABs in the 2011 MLB Season. At 39 years old, Mora is unlikely to have a breakout season, but he should offer solid contributions across the board.

GP: 130 AVG: .288 R: 55 HR: 10 RBI: 60 SB: 3

7) Brandon Allen - 1B

Brandon Allen should become the starting first baseman in spring training. 2011 isn't expected to be a competitive season for the Diamondbacks and it is likely the team will give Allen every opportunity to win the job and the majority of ABs at the position.

GP: 115 AVG: .255 R: 44 HR: 13 RBI: 55 SB: 5

8) Gerardo Parra - LF


Gerrardo Parra should face RHP throughout the season while making a majority of his starts in left field. An inability to reach base will hamper his SB and R opportunities.

GP: 130 AVG: .272 R: 55 HR: 5 RBI: 40 SB: 6

Brandon Allen - First Base

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2011 Arizona Diamondbacks Bench

Tony Abreu - SS/INF

Tony Abreu will spell Stephen Drew at SS from time to time throughout the season while providing infield depth and pinch-hitting opportunities late in games.

Henry Blanco - C

Henry Blanco is a long-time veteran of the NL and should see one to two starts a week. Depending on Gibson's managing style, Blanco could be brought in late in games as a defensive replacement.

Willie Bloomquist - OF

Willie Bloomquist can play both corner outfield positions and could see some time in the starting lineup, replacing Parra against LHP and he adds a veteran presence to the outfield.

Geoff Blum - 3B/1B

Geoff Blum saw time as a starter and bench player for the Houston Astros the past three seasons. He should bring a veteran presence to the dugout and the field, sparingly.

Cole Gillespie - OF

Cole Gillespie started 26 games in the outfield for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, including games at each position in the outfield. He should see starts against LHP in left field from time to time.

Xavier Nady - 1B/OF

Xavier Nady should see the most playing time off the Diamondbacks bench, spot starting for Brandon Allen at 1B as well as Parra and Upton in the corner outfield positions.

Ryan Roberts - 2B/INF

Ryan Roberts played in 110 games for the Diamondbacks in 2009, but he is unlikely to play in half that amount of games in 2011 based off of the success of Kelly Johnson last season. Don't expect many starts for Roberts, barring injury.

How do you think the Arizona Diamondbacks will do in the 2011 MLB Season? Will Justin Upton join other elite baseball players? Can Chris Young join the 30/30 club? Share your comments below:

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Tom T 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

I think they Padres are going to have a big setback. I'm betting the Dodgers get blown up this year so I could see at best, the DBacks competing for 2nd place with Colorado who's kind of a wildcard.


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bogerk 5 years ago from Midwest Author

@Tom T -

I agree. I see the Padres completely falling off the map this season and Heath Bell being traded at the deadline.

I think ARZ lost too much offense with LaRoche and Reynolds and have an extremely young and inexperienced pitching staff. Plus their bullpen is still a ? entering the season as Putz has not been dominant the last couple of seasons.

I'm pretty sure the division will come down to LA and COL, but I'm sure SF could have something to say about it.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

I actually think the loss of Mark Reynolds and his 230 strikeouts is not going to hurt that much....not to mention his iron glove.....I think Arizona could be a moderate surprise....voted up


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10aeinhorn 5 years ago from West Chester PA

onlt thing to do is sit and watch..anything can happen.. especially in that mess know at the nl west.


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bogerk 5 years ago from Midwest Author

@Cogerson - There offense could be better off without Reynolds and LaRoche in terms of strikeouts, but there just isn't enough experience or consistency in their starting rotation to suggest a successful 2011 season.

@10aeinhorn - There are some great staffs in the NL West (SD, LAD, SF) but all the offenses are pretty weak outside of a few select players like Tulo, CarGo, Posey and Kemp.


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10aeinhorn 5 years ago from West Chester PA

when i said "mess" i didnt mean to downgrade the wes in anyway. what i meant was just that over the last couple years its proven to be ..unpredictable...


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bogerk 5 years ago from Midwest Author

@10aeinhorn - Very true. I really could see COL, SF or LAD winning the division. I don't think ARZ or SD have any chance though.


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dsmythe 5 years ago

I'm a Padre fan and the loss of Adrian is going to hurt us but I think that our team is much more solid than its been in years. We have set every day players instead of spot starts at the different positions. The Padres have always been a team built on pitching and this year is no different. Our pitching rotation is solid and our bullpen is going to be even better. The entire Padre team has gotten a makeover. We added depth to entire team and with the additions of Bartlett, O-dog, Hawpe, and Maybin this adds some pop to our line up. I'm not saying the Padres are going to run away with the west but I'm saying don't count us out. Last season we were projected to no do anything and we were one game away from winning the west. Whatever happens I'll be riding that Padres wagon till the very end. My predictions is that the NL West is going to be a VERY tough and close race. Every team in the NL West will be scrapping till the very last day of the season. I'm just happy baseball season is back and can't wait to get back out to the ball park. Wooohoooo baseball!!!!


Jack 5 years ago

I think Arizona finishes in the bottom of this division. The pitching staff doesn't blow me away and the lineup is filled with young talent. This team is on the way up, this just won't be their year.

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