SnakeBytes 8/19: Turning the Pirates Red

I'm gonna blow the game again so everyone will get pissed off at me. - Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

I'm back! California was amazing but you guys are even moreso, which led me to come back to write SnakeBytes today. After a great series win in Pittsburgh, the good guys face the Cincinnati Reds in a 4-game series that could end up be the deciding series of this season. Let's check out some news around this team and around baseball.

Quotables

If I get a chance to see Braun, I've got a question for him right to his face, you know? Is he about rehearsed (enough) by now, you think? About ready to come out? He's probably practicing at the theater school somewhere. Just you look at how things like that can influence people's opportunities and an opportunity to do something like that.

Kirk Gibson

We get to those extra-inning games and I feel like we're the most prepared team for extra-inning games than any team in the league. We just know that we've got to grind it out and someone's going to come through.

A.J. Pollock

The last two times that J.J.'s thrown are the best he's thrown since he hurt his elbow. Knowing he had all those saves under his belt, we felt pretty good about him shutting them down that last inning.

Kirk Gibson

Diamondbacks News

Sweet 16th: Eaton lifts D-backs past Pirates | MLB.com
"Just trying to see something up and try to drive it to the left side," Eaton said. "He threw a [fastball] and I tried to stay through it as best I could, and good things happen when you put the ball in play, so I was very fortunate."

Gibson rips into 'cheaters' like Braun, wants answers | foxsportsarizona.com
The Diamondbacks manager said Sunday that "cheaters" like Braun rob other players of opportunities for moments such as his pinch-hit home run during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers.

D-backs take on Reds in pivotal 4-game series | foxsportsarizona.com
After piling up a season-high 15 runs and 20 hits Saturday, the D-backs returned to their season-long M.O. with a 4-2, 16-inning victory over NL Central leader Pittsburgh on Sunday, winning for the 27th time in their final at-bat. That is the most in the majors and eight more than Atlanta, Kansas City and Boston, which are tied for second

D-backs win big laughs with prank on Miley | dbacks.com
D-backs mental skills coach Peter Crone and Wade Miley often scratch off lottery tickets together, a tradition that prompted a funny prank on the pitcher.

Delgado to open crucial series at Great American Ball Park | MLB.com
With the Reds and D-backs separated by four games in the National League Wild-Card hunt, the next four days will go a long way in determining if the playoff picture in the Senior Circuit will include a sixth team heading into the final month of the season.

azcentral sports is letting fans see what it’s like to work with the Arizona Diamondbacks for a day
For anyone who has ever dreamed of being a sports reporter, taking notes on the sideline and writing the story on deadline, or just wanted to see what a baseball game is like from the inside, here’s your chance.

Struggles continue for veteran starters; Gerardo Parra’s baserunning; farm report; & other stuff | azcentral
Trevor Cahill was shaky on Saturday and Brandon McCarthy wasn’t a whole lot better the night before, continuing what’s been a disappointing season for the veterans in the Diamondbacks rotation. Or, that is, what’s left of them, now that Ian Kennedy is a member of the San Diego Padres.

Today in Baseball

A Little More Butt: In Praise of Adam Eaton | NotGraphs Baseball
Adam Eaton has dealt with hives this season which has him playing at a lower weight. After finally being hive free for 72-hours, he hopes to reestablish his badonkadonk with eggs and bacon.

Korean Bat Flip Makes Puig Jealous
Seriously though, it's a bat flip of the year nominee.

Dempster drills A-Rod; benches clear.
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Player’s View: The Best Stat to Evaluate Pitchers | FanGraphs Baseball
Players give their answers on what's the best stat.

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