SnakeBytes 7/1: June Struggles

I can't believe it's not butter! - USA TODAY Sports

After two straight months of 15-12 baseball, the D-Backs struggled to a .500 record before losing 3 straight to the Braves to put them at a 12-15 record for June. Luckily for us, the calendar has turned and they now face a struggling Mets team.

Quotables

This whole series, we were way behind all these guys. We didn't really throw good, quality strike ones, and they pounded those. They got ahead in the counts and they did a much better job than we did. Again, they just outplayed us.

- Kirk Gibson

They outpitched us, they outhit us, they just outplayed us. They've been struggling, but they turned it around and played well at home. You've got to give them credit, we didn't play well and they got us.

- Kirk Gibson

Just at this point, it's just getting kind of old. I feel pretty good going into the start and then I can't make pitches, I'm giving up runs and making the bullpen wear it every time. It's kind of embarrassing.

- Trevor Cahill

Diamondback News

Freddie Freeman powers Braves to 3-game series sweep of D-backs | ESPN
Arizona has gone 22 straight games without a win from its rotation, the longest streak in the majors since San Diego went 25 in a row from April 17-May 14, 2009, according to STATS.

Trio of homers trips up Cahill, D-backs in finale | mlb.com
The good news for Trevor Cahill is the month of June is over. The bad news is it ended with another loss, this one by a 6-2 margin to the Braves on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field. With the loss, the D-backs suffered a sweep in the weekend series and they fell to 1-5 on their current road trip, which still has four games remaining.

Mets turn page to July seeking positive momentum | MLB.com
Arizona seems to be an obvious buyer in the month or so until the Trade Deadline. In a competitive National League West that features the defending World Series champion Giants, the D-backs will likely search for some additional bats to accompany their young core as they battle for a playoff spot. The Mets may be caught toward the bottom of their division, but manager Terry Collins insists the final months of the season will still be exciting.

Something has to give for struggling D-backs, Mets
This looks like a good time to play the Mets. Of course, the Mets might be saying the same thing about the Diamondbacks as the two prepare for a four-game series in New York. June was not particularly kind to either -- the D-backs were 12-15, their first losing month of the season, and the Mets were 12-16, falling 13 games behind the division-leading Braves. At 33-45, New York has the third-worst record in the National League, ahead of only Miami and Milwaukee.

D-backs activate Putz from DL; Spruill optioned | foxsportsarizona.com
The Diamondbacks activated closer J.J. Putz from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, a move that was expected with Putz having made several rehab appearances without a setback, and optioned pitcher Zeke Spruill to Triple-A Reno to clear a roster spot.

Sipp's friends, family leave big impression in Atlanta | dbacks.com
It was just one game out of what will be 162 games for the D-backs this year and just one of the dozens and dozens of appearances that reliever Tony Sipp figures to make in 2013. But it's an appearance he'll likely remember forever.

Hernandez looks to iron out breaking ball | dbacks.com
Despite a mid-90s fastball, success for D-backs reliever David Hernandez usually comes down to his breaking ball. If he's getting it over for a strike, opposing hitters are in trouble. If he's not, well, then it's a different story.

David Hernandez’s struggles continue; farm report; & other stuff | azcentral.com
Teammates sometimes refer to Hernandez as "Hardball," a nickname bestowed upon him for his mid-90s heater, but in this at-bat, against a hitter who had been baseball’s best for the first six weeks of the season, Hernandez didn’t turn to his fastball once. And he made Upton look silly.

This Week in Baseball

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The answer will probably surprise you.

Miguel Cabrera And Chris Davis Are Chasing History And Each Other
Miguel Cabrera is going for back-to-back Triple Crowns, but Chris Davis may alter those plans with his play this year.

Ken Griffey, Jr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Just think, The Kid, Ken Griffey Jr. may not have ever happened.

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