SnakeBytes 6/21: Big Red Machine

Gerardo Parra shows the world his secrets by floating his glove using just his mind. - USA TODAY Sports

An off-day yesterday allows us and the team the chance to forget about the horrible stretch of games against the Padres and Marlins. The Reds come on down to Chase Field for a 3-game set. If you have a chance to see them, I implore you to go. This series should prove a good test for this team. Cody Ross talks vision, Martin Prado speaks about his expectations, and Kirk Gibson doesn't know who will start on Sunday.

Quotables

I've been struggling with my vision lately. To be honest with you, I was going up there with blurry vision half the time I was at the plate. It's hard enough to hit in this league when you have good vision, as opposed to going up with blurry vision.

- Cody Ross

The main guy was Justin, the main guy was me. They (fans) only see the two main guys. I’m not going to be able to do what Justin does. He brings something different to the table that is good for the team. I am not going to compare myself. Maybe I’m not hitting well, but what else do I bring to the table.

- Martin Prado

We haven't talked about it. It's possible he could start again, but it hasn't been determined. A lot depends on how we get through the weekend.

- Kirk Gibson

Around the Dbacks Horn

D-backs look to get bats going against Reds | foxsportsarizona.com
After a sweep at the hands of the Padres, the Diamondbacks got back in the win column with a little home cooking earlier this week, taking two of three games from the Marlins to maintain a 1 1/2-game lead atop the NL West. But the lead appears a bit precarious for a couple reasons. First, the D-backs have not had a starting pitcher win a game since June 5, a span of 13 starts. Part of that is the pitching, obviously, but also to blame is the sputtering offense.

D-backs look to get offense going vs. Cueto | mlb.com
The D-backs will look to break out of their offensive funk on Friday against the Reds in the opener of a three-game series at Chase Field. While Arizona has won its past two games despite scoring only three runs in each triumph over the Marlins at home, the club is 3-5 in its past eight games and has scored more than three runs just once during that stretch.

Trip to eye doctor clears way for Ross' game-winning blast | foxsportsarizona.com
It might just be coincidence, but the timing of Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross fixing a persistent vision problem and hitting a game-winning home run was just uncanny. Ross hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the eighth inning of the D-backs' 3-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday, a day after he made a trip to his eye doctor to get a long-running issue with his contact lenses straightened out.

D-backs' Prado confident of offensive turnaround | foxsportsarizona.com
Martin Prado is at ease, at home, in the Diamondbacks' clubhouse. He greets his teammates with a handshake and a hug every day. On Wednesday morning, he traded hand slaps with Cody Ross' young son. Miguel Montero made it a point to show Prado the wrist decal that his son Angel had applied that morning, a tradeoff for taking his medicine.

Gibson not ready to name starter for Sunday's game | dbacks.com
The D-backs have not announced a starter for Sunday's series finale with the Reds, but Randall Delgado would seem to be the natural choice given his performance Tuesday night.

Inbox: Tackling potential roster permutations | dbacks.com
With the rotation depleted, could the D-backs call up Archie Bradley? Does Didi Gregorius figure to be sent down upon the returns of Eric Chavez and Aaron Hill? Beat reporter Steve Gilbert tackles those topics and more in the latest Inbox.

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