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Born and raised in Phoenix metro, Jesse’s sports broadcasting career began at the age of 12 when he impersonated D-backs radio voice Greg Schulte on FOX Sports Arizona as the Arizona Diamondbacks Kidkaster. He started writing and podcasting about the Diamondbacks shortly thereafter, and has been doing it ever since. Now, Jesse is a podcast host and writer for PHNX Diamondbacks. Jesse has a math degree and a journalism minor from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.

Diamondbacks rookie outfielder Alek Thomas has a competitive case in a crowded pool of NL Rookie of the Year candidates.

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Dallas Keuchel pitches against the Boston Red Sox.

Despite an unsightly 7.88 ERA in eight starts this season for the White Sox, it hasn’t been that long since Dallas Keuchel was an elite — or at least above-average — major-league starting pitcher.

As recently as 2020, he posted a 1.99 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and .217 batting average against, finishing fifth in Cy Young voting. And you may have some recollection of his 2015 season that saw an unknown 27-year-old win the AL Cy Young Award

After signing a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks, Keuchel has now made his first appearance in his new organization. But it didn’t happen in the big leagues. It happened in an Arizona Complex League game, facing a group of mostly 18- to 21-year-olds from the Rockies organization. Keuchel logged five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

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Christian Walker homers at Dodger Stadium.

After two months and exactly 200 plate appearances, Christian Walker is batting .203/.295/.469 with 13 homers, eight doubles and 25 RBI in 2022. At first glance, it seems unremarkable. A first baseman batting a tick over the Mendoza line while slugging .469? Chris Carter, is that you? A closer look reveals that, not only are Walker’s offensive numbers far more...

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Pitcher Joe Mantiply (35) celebrates after defeating the New York Mets at Chase Field.

Joe Mantiply's effectiveness in an otherwise struggling Diamondbacks bullpen means his role only figures to expand.

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Diamondbacks closer Mark Melancon pitches at Chase Field.

Diamondbacks fans blew a collective sigh of relief this winter when 2021 saves leader Mark Melancon signed a two-year, $14 million deal as their team’s new closer. Melancon hasn't been as advertised, which is a familiar story for D-backs fans.

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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen (23) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Diamondbacks’ ninth win in their last 12 games, valley sports fans are starting to feel what it’s like to root for a winning baseball team again. It’s been a while.

Here are five things that stood from from the D-backs’ series win over the Rockies.

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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Busch Stadium.

Two years Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly made a promise to manager Torey Lovullo. Despite undergoing a surgery that has destroyed multiple pitcher careers, Kelly is keeping his promise.

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Apr 9, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta (6) waits on deck against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

With the possible exception of the starting pitching, nothing has gone right for the team in 2022. They lead the league in errors. The bullpen has the fewest strikeouts in the majors. But it’s no secret that, if any one aspect of the team should take the majority of the blame for the 3-8 start, it’s the offense.

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Following arguably the most exciting Opening Day game in franchise history, the rest of the Diamondbacks' opening series against the San Diego Padres brought back memories of 2021.

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The NL West is one of baseball's best, and more recently, unpredictable divisions. Jesse and Patrick weigh in on what to expect in 2022.

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