SnakeBytes 7/23: A Low Point

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So, this is it. Rock bottom. It feels a lot like losing to the Cubs and their emergency starter on a night where the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Blue Jays to take sole possession of first place in the NL West. It also feels a lot like confirming your suspicions that the guy who single-handedly torpedoed your 2011 championship hopes did so with the assistance of performance enhancing drugs.

Quotes of the Day

“There’s a long way left to go in the season, but it is a loss. I don’t think you change the way you’re doing things. We’re trying to play good ball. We’re trying to make good plays. We’re trying to swing the bat and pitch as good as we can."

- Kirk Gibson on the slump the Diamondbacks are mired in.

“No, no, no. Not at all. There’s nothing like that going on here. All we’re thinking about it coming out and playing hard, coming out and thinking about winning.”

- Martin Prado denying any suggestion of panic in the locker room over the team's recent struggles.

“Obviously it affected the series, because that’s right when the positive test occurred; that’s right when it was the highest is his system. He torched us that series. There’s no question about it. At least he didn’t get away with it now. There’s nothing they could have done at that time to go back and replay those games or change the outcome.”

- Brad Ziegler on Ryan Braun's PED suspension.

Diamondbacks Notes

Arizona Diamondbacks lose to Chicago Cubs, fall to second place in NL West

Well, maybe "rock bottom" is a bit strong, but it was a game the Diamondbacks expected to win. The Diamondbacks were unable to muster any offense against the Cubs' emergency starter, Chris Rusin, who was recalled from AAA earlier in the day after a trade sent scheduled starter Matt Garza to Texas. The Diamondbacks are now batting .195 over their last 10 games.

Ryan Braun suspension is bitter taste for Arizona Diamondbacks players

The Diamondbacks are understandably bitter about the Ryan Braun situation. Braun took PEDs, torched the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, tested positive, appealed the test, besmirched the name of the lowly tester in control of his sample, won his appeal on a technicality, and then made all sorts of statements about how he was the most truth-tellingest truth-teller this side of Abraham Lincoln. It's understandable then, that Miguel Montero would essentially call the performance-enhanced Brewer stupid. “I don’t want to judge him because we all make mistakes, but it’s a pretty stupid mistake,” Montero said. “I mean, we all know that we can’t do it and yet some guys still do it, which is kind of stupid. But you know what, people are stupid. We make mistakes. He finally recognized that he made a mistake, and he’s paying for it now.”

Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks - July 23, 2013 | MLB.com Preview

Patrick Corbin takes the mound tonight against Chicago's own surprising young pitcher Travis Wood. Corbin has been a reliable stopper thus far, and the Diamondbacks' hope he can slow the bleeding.

Around the League

Cubs Strengthen Organizational Depth with Garza Deal | FanGraphs Baseball

Speaking of the Cubs; the trade that jettisoned would-be starter Matt Garza to Texas netted the Cubs Mike Olt, Justin Grimm, C.J. Edwards and a couple of PTBNLs. Olt, whose name was bandied about during the 2012-2013 Justin Upton Trade Rumor Extravaganza is the biggest name in the haul. It's hard not to draw comparisons between Olt and the Diamondbacks' own Matt Davidson and wonder whether a similar deal from the Snakes would have come close to landing Garza. Expect Kevin Towers to trade Archie Bradley for Chris Rusin within the week.

Brewers' Ryan Braun suspended for rest of season

Good riddance. Apparently even his teammates agree.


Marginalia

Ryan Braun and Brewers fans: a primer - Baseball Nation

The consistently excellent Grant Brisbee helps Brewers fans overcome their denial about their slugger testing positive for PEDs. Sage advice from a Barry Bonds fan.

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