Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker said he made a mistake by trying to throw home on a strange play against the Giants in Monday’s loss in San Francisco. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin talks about his personal performance so far this season after the team swept the series against the Indians, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley disagree on the NBA MVP and share their thoughts on the D-Backs’ hot start.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s win against the Indians, sweeping the series, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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Breaking down the Diamondbacks’ fantastic start to the 2017 season.
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Right-hander Zack Greinke gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings against the Indians as the Diamondbacks rolled to another victory.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo talks about the team’s ups and downs in a win against the Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about his 2017 season start in a win against the Cleveland Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ start to the season as well as the retirement of Shane Doan.
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta discusses Thursday’s win over the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s 3-1 start to the season.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs at Chase Field.
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Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker discusses his first start in a Diamondbacks uniform on Wednesday against the Giants. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his club’s 8-6 win over the Giants on Wednesday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks need a shortstop. Scott Bordow and Jay Dieffenbach discuss that and the Hamilton hazing scandal in the Shot Clock.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings talks about his error in the Giants’ five-run fifth inning.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin talks about his outing vs. the Giants and his struggles to retire Hunter Pence.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks dedicated Paul Goldschmidt Field in Goodyear on April 4, 2017. It’s the 39th “Diamonds Back” Field in Arizona. Video: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Former Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals slugger had an emergency brain procedure to address a brain hemorrhage.
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You can stream baseball online using MLB.TV, but the service does have restrictions.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings delivered the game-winning hit on Sunday vs. the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about the hug he gave walk-off hero Chris Owings and about his first win in his new job.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in five innings against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the upcoming baseball season. The lineup appears to be solid. What about the pitching staff? Video: Cheryl Evans/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports released its annual list of players to watch for in the upcoming season.
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The Diamondbacks had their photos taken on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Salt River Fields.
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Taijuan Walker discusses his errant throw vs. Giants
Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin describes personal performance
Shot Clock: NBA MVP and surprising D-Backs
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ sweep against the Indians
Diamondbacks’ hot start by the numbers
Zack Greinke after strong start vs. Indians
Torey Lovullo talks about the D-Backs’ win against the Indians
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller describes starting his 2017 season
Shot Clock: What D-Backs’ good start means
David Peralta on hot start: ‘We’re ready for anybody’
D-Backs manager Lovullo on starting year 3-1
D-Backs manager Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs
Taijuan Walker on his first D-Backs start
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Giants
Shot Clock: Answer to D-Backs’ shortstop question?
Chris Owings talks about his fifth-inning error
Patrick Corbin after loss to Giants
Diamondbacks dedicate ‘Paul Goldschmidt Field’
Former Dodgers star Pedro Guerrero in critical condition
How to watch every baseball game in 2017
Chris Owings discusses his walk-off hit vs. Giants
Torey Lovullo on his emotional first win as D-Backs’ manager
Zack Greinke after his start vs. Giants on Opening Day
What is in store for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017?
MLB’s 100 Names to Know for 2017
Behind the scenes at Diamondbacks Photo Day
Update: Even with their loss on Monday to the Giants in San Francisco, the Diamondbacks (6-2) have matched their best start to a season through eight games.
Arizona also opened the 2000, 2007 and 2008 seasons 6-2.
The Diamondbacks have done something in 2017 they have only done once in the history of franchise: Won six of their first seven games.
But don’t start making post-season plans just yet.
In 2000, the team’s third year of existence, the team went 6-1 on its way to an 85-77 record.
They did not make the the playoffs that season.
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It’s not how you start …
Arizona has also started the season 5-2 four times in its history.
The team won five of its first seven games in both 2007 and 2008.
The D-Backs finished 90-72 in 2007 and advanced to the NL Championship Series.
The team didn’t make the playoffs in 2008 and finished 82-80.
In both 2012 and 2013, the Diamondbacks also won five of their first seven games. They finished both of those seasons 81-81 and out of the playoffs.
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… it’s how you finish
The last time Arizona made the playoffs, in 2011, the team opened the season 3-4.
When it made the playoffs in 2002, Arizona opened 4-3.
In 2001, the year the team won the World Series, the Diamondbacks opened with a 3-4 record after seven games.
In 1999, when the team won a franchise-record 100 games and made the playoffs for the first time, Arizona opened just 2-5.
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Lessons from history
The team’s worst starts came in 1998 and 2014.
Arizona opened both of those seasons just 1-6.
It finished 65-97 in 1998, their first season of baseball. It went 64-98 in 2014.
We’ve learned from their history that it’s not how the Diamondbacks start a season, it’s how they finish.
But 6-1 sure beats being 1-6, doesn’t it?
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Diamondbacks’ record after seven games
Year Start Finish
- 1998 1-6 65-97
- 1999 2-5 100-62
- 2000 6-1 85-77
- 2001 3-4 92-70
- 2002 4-3 98-64
- 2003 2-5 84-78
- 2004 2-5 51-111
- 2005 4-3 77-85
- 2006 3-4 76-86
- 2007 5-2 90-72
- 2008 5-2 82-80
- 2009 2-5 70-92
- 2010 4-3 65-97
- 2011 3-4 94-68
- 2012 5-2 81-81
- 2013 5-2 81-81
- 2014 1-6 64-98
- 2015 4-3 79-83
- 2016 2-5 69-93
- 2017 6-1 ????
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