SnakeBytes 8/6: Idling

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No game notes to report as the Diamondbacks were off last night. Instead we've got a profile of the newly-acquired Matt Stites, Trevor Cahill's rehab, and IPK's new digs.

Quotes of the Day

“There’s no better feeling, especially when you’re on the road and the fans are on you. That gets me excited. Not over-the-top excited, but it’s definitely a good feeling. You get the jitters, that adrenaline rush. You get another mile an hour on your fastball. Maybe that’s why I like it so much better than starting.”

- Diamondbacks relief prospect Matt Stites on his mentality coming out of the bullpen.
Diamondbacks News
Matt Stites could be a powerful addition to Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen

A nice profile by Nick Piecoro of the Diamondbacks' newest late-inning relief prospect Matt Stites. It is doubtful that Stites, who is recovering from an emergency appendectomy, will pitch again this year, but the organization is bullish on his potential as a power arm out of the pen.

D-backs' Trevor Cahill makes second rehabilitation start ArizonaSports.com

Things did not go so well for Trevor Cahill during his second rehab start in Reno. The rehabbing sinker baller gave up 6 runs on 6 hits - including a homer to the opposing pitcher - in just 4.1 innings.

Kennedy wins Padres debut, 6-3 over Yankees ArizonaSports.com

IPK seems to already be enjoying that Petco home cooking, winning his Padres debut 6-3 over the New York Yankees. Kennedy pitched a solid, if unspectacular, game, allowing 2 runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Around the League

Reviewing the Preseason Standings Projections | FanGraphs Baseball

An interesting look back at the early season prognostications for each team. The Diamondbacks are not far off of their predicted Win-Loss record.

A Few Different Ways To Look at The Steroid Era, Graphically | FanGraphs Baseball

A graphical depiction of the uptick in homers during the Steroid Area would have to feature a massive spike during the early 2000s right? Well...it's not so clear. An interesting look at trends in home run frequency over the years.

Baseball Prospectus | Baseball ProGUESTus: The Foundation of the Front Office

Gabe Kapler, former major leaguer, breaks down the composition of a major league front office.

Marginalia

Lady Goes For A Stroll Through The Kauffman Stadium Fountain

This would have been perfectly acceptable at Chase Field.

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