That beard is probably good for at least a full point off his ERA.
Literally, as I'm opening the page to make this post, the DBacks Twitter feed just said Patrick Corbin will be starting Monday. So I'm pretty sure this will get bumped down quickly- let's be fast about it.
- [DBacks.com] Saunders silences Fish in three-hit shutout - So, any objections to having re-signed Saunders in the off-season?
- [AZ Central] Arizona Diamondbacks' Joe Saunders pitches 3-hitter against Miami Marlins - What does Joe Saunders attribute his recent success to? His beard. Look, you can't argue with results.
- [FS Arizona] Saunders dominant as D-backs blank Marlins - The Marlins never got a runner past first base. It's not exactly a no-hitter, but that's pretty impressive.
- [Miami Herald] Miami Marlins’ offensive struggles continue in 5-0 loss to D’backs - The Marlins are in a pretty rough slump- hitting .150 during their current six game losing streak. But, let's focus on what we're all wondering- their president ran a double marathon? That's impressive. And a little terrifying.
- [Arizona Sports] D-backs' Young making progress - Good news. He's hoping to take some swings with a bat on Monday.
- [The Gazette] Picking Diamondbacks over Sooners looks prudent for South Bend’s Bradley - I'd go with baseball over football, personally.
- [DBacks.com] Collmenter might be moving to bullpen - Really? I hadn't heard any mention of such a thing. (He'll be the long-man from the bullpen.)
- [Visalia Times-Delta] California League Notebook: Will Rawhide be tied to D'backs long-term? - I originally didn't realize that minor league teams could switch allegiance like this. I just assumed that they were owned by the big league club.
Baseball The NL West:
- [LA Times] Dodgers sale on track to close Monday - Apparently there were no objections to the bankruptcy court's approval of the sale.
- [San Jose Mercury News] Anxiety disorders like Aubrey Huff's largely misunderstood - Players going out for physical injuries are bad enough, but honestly I feel worse for a player in a situation like this. Rehabbing a shoulder or something is, usually, a straight-forward process. Mental health issues are rough.
- [Denver Post] Rockies' Guthrie lands on DL after bicycle accident - Aaaand then I laugh at injuries like this. Broken bike chain. Look, I know I shouldn't, but it's pretty funny to me.
- [Baseball Nation] An Article You Are Reading About Orlando Hudson - Four triples, zero doubles. Weird.