Diamondbacks News

Post-Haren Era Starts Off With Loss

By Scott Allen

What else is new?  Another day, another loss.

The post-Dan Haren era started Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 9-5 loss.  The Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen had another “tremendous” effort.  Starter Rodrigo Lopez left the game leading 5-4.  Blaine Boyer seemingly had things in hand in the sixth inning until manager Kirk Gibson replaced him with Jordan Norberto.  Norberto subsequently came in and gave away the farm.  Surprised?  I’m not.

You know what I was surprised about?  Our new interim general manager Jerry Dipoto.  During tonight’s telecast on Fox Sports Arizona he was interviewed up in the booth.  During that interview, Dipoto was asked by Darren Sutton if he had met newly acquired starting pitcher Joe Saunders yet, whom the camera caught in the dugout as Dipoto was asked the question.  he said he hadn’t had the chance to meet him yet.  Really?  Instead of doing your spin tour Jerry, how about going and meeting the player you traded for only 48 hours earlier!  Clearly, it appears to be chaos in the front office.   No one knows what they are doing when it comes to baseball decisions.

I’m afraid for what lies ahead for the rest of the week.  Which players survive and who leaves Phoenix?