Commentary

Arizona will bounce back in 2011

With a little less bad luck, the D-backs will be among baseball's most improved teams

Originally Published: March 27, 2011
By Howard Megdal | Special to ESPN Insider
J.J. PutzAP Photo/Lenny IgnelziOffseason addition J.J. Putz is expected to provide a big boost to the Diamondbacks' bullpen.

By all measures, the 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks were an utter disaster. They finished with a record of 65-97, the third-worst in all of baseball. Manager A.J. Hinch got fired midway through the season, and general manager Josh Byrnes also got the ax, even with five years remaining on his contract.

And while changes were clearly necessary from a public relations standpoint, a bounce-back season in 2011 probably would have happened whether new manager Kirk Gibson and new GM Kevin Towers came on the scene or not. Even below-average luck in Arizona's bullpen should pull the team within hailing distance of .500, and it is easy to see Arizona's path to a winning season ahead.


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