PEORIA, Ariz. -- After watching his team stumble through the first six games of the Cactus League, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson has decided to make some changes.
Gibson is concerned that the tiring morning work he's had his players do has left them with little energy for the afternoon games. The result was sloppy play and a 1-4-1 record before their win Friday.
Following Thursday's off-day, the D-backs played with more energy in Friday's victory over the Mariners.
The team had much the same problem last season, as they played uneven during the spring. However, the emphasis on fundamentals wound up paying off when it counted, as the D-backs went on to win 94 games and the National League West.
Because of how far they've come, though, Gibson said he now feels comfortable focusing more on developing a pregame routine rather than strictly fundamentals. With that in mind, the club will do fewer team fundamental drills in the morning for the remainder of the month.
"I don't know, but I'm hoping that it kind of freshens us up a little bit and gives us a little more energy on the field," Gibson said.