Quotes of the Day
“I wanted to be the first local product from the Phoenix area to be drafted by my hometown team and make it up through the system with my hometown team. That was probably my biggest motivation.”
You cannot accuse last night's game of being boring. The Snakes got 6 serviceable, if unremarkable, innings from Wade Miley, but remained 2 runs back for much of the game. Then in the top of the 9th, in front of the remaining 3,000 Dodger fans, the Diamondbacks got to Los Angeles closer Brandon League, scoring 4 runs to put them ahead for good.
A few short weeks ago the Diamondbacks had an embarrassment of riches at starting pitcher. It seemed like serviceable middle-rotation guys grew on trees. But I owe you an apology, I idly (and with great hubris) speculated on what shape the rotation should take when Daniel Hudson inevitably returned from the DL and Tyler Skaggs forced his way into the lineup based on pure talent. I envisioned trades centered around Ian Kennedy (who in my fantasy world became superfluous) that would clear the way for one of our many capable minor league aces. But reality has struck me down, reminding me not to speak of pitcher performance as an inevitability - there's a reason TINSTAAPP is a thing. One week later and Hudson's out for at least a year, Brandon McCarthy hit the DL AND had a seizure, Skaggs has looked mortal, and everybody in the rotation not named Patrick Corbin has forgotten how to throw strikes. It seems we may have flown too close to the sun.
ICYMI, Matt Reynolds creaky elbow set into motion a flurry of roster moves.
The aforementioned flurry of moves. The big question here is whether Skaggs will get the call the next time the Diamondbacks need a 5th starter. Charles Brewer made his debut last night in relief of Wade Miley, allowing 3 hits and no runs over 1.2 innings
Mark Grace is finally out of the slammer.
I suspect you've seen this, but a truly classy move on the Diamondbacks' part.
Around the League
Gerrit Cole, the Pirate's top prospect and first overall pick in 2012, is set to make his major league debut tonight.
You may have noticed some discrepancies between on-field performance and all-star voting performance for some players.
The Snakes check in at number 11 in Jonah Keri's power rankings.
Here's what an Expos game looked like back then, and a Marlins game now. The owner of both? Jeffrey Loria --> twitter.com/BizballMaury/s…— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) June 11, 2013