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D-Backs Start Season Good and Bad: a Fan's Perspective

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In the standings, the Arizona Diamondbacks are 6-3 entering play on April 16, 2012. However, a few players make me uneasy.

Justin Upton

The 2011 All-Star has some troubles so far after he injured his thumb in the opening series against the San Francisco Giants. Upton is hitting .241 with no RBI. If the Diamondbacks want success, Upton will need to make the number three spot more productive.

Daniel Hudson

The number two starter has one win in his two starts. However, he has given up four home runs, ten runs, and teams are batting .333 against him in ten innings pitched.

Luckily, baseball is a team sport.

The D-Backs have these players keeping Upton and Hudson from being scape goats.

Chris Young

Young is starting the season hot hitting a team leading .364 with four homers and 11 RBI. If Young can keep this pace up and Upton return to form, the Diamondbacks will have the outfield they were looking for last year.

Joe Saunders

Saunders and the Diamondbacks kept their distance during the off-season, and Saunders did not sign until January 17, 2012, since the Diamondbacks were undecided about where Saunders would fit into the rotation after former Oakland A's pitcher Trevor Cahill was acquired in December, 2011.

Yet, Saunders has pitched well as the number five starter. In his first start, Saunders pitched seven strong innings allowing only four hits and zero runs against the San Diego Padres. Against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 16, Saunders again pitched seven innings allowing only one run and six hits.

Phillip Jackson, a long time baseball fan, has been living in Phoenix since 1981 and a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks since the team was awarded circa 1996. Follow him on Twitter @Pjacksonaz

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Sources

Arizona Diamondbacks website

Baseball reference.com

MLB Game Day Box Score

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