Oct 7, 2011; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy throws a pitch in the second inning of game five of the 2011 NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Turn the Calendar, 21 Days Till the D-backs Hit the Field

At least for the Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers, there are only 20 days of vacation left.  Then, bring on spring training at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale.  Can you believe it will be February tomorrow?  Time flies.  It seems just like yesterday when the D-backs were ousted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS.  Now, just under four months later, it’s just three weeks until the D-backs begin their quest to defend their NL West title.

It should be appropriate that it’s the pitchers and catchers that report first.  With a strong starting rotation, regarded as one of the best, at least right now, in the National League, and a bullpen that was much improved in 2012 and now even looks to be stronger than last season in addition to both catchers returning at full strength and both having fresh contracts, the D-backs may start and end with this group.

Not to eschew the rest of the roster, but the pitching was a huge reason the D-backs were so successful in 2011.  With a rotation of Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Trevor Cahill, Joe Saunders, and Josh Collmenter, how can you not be excited for 2012?  You have a group that is capable of throwing 900-1000 innings right there as long as they stay healthy.

So now we look forward to February 21st when they take the field for the first time.  Bring it on!

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Daniel Hudson Ian Kennedy Joe Saunders Josh Collmenter Milwaukee Brewers Salt River Fields Scottsdale Spring Training Trevor Cahill

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