Quotes of the Day
"He has good stuff, but he just has to learn to locate and keep pitches out of the middle of the zone."
“It’s going to be interesting to see what goes on. Obviously, we love it here in Arizona, and I’d like to be here for a long time, an extended period of time, but I’m in a pretty weird situation going into my first year of arbitration."
Giving up the first 4 of the Dodgers' 6 home runs, Randal Delgado lasted just 2.2 innings. The loss comes on the heels of a Dodgers losing streak – 4 straight – which briefly gave the Diamondbacks a glimmer of hope heading into this 3 game series. The Dodgers' magic number now stands at 8.
An in-depth analysis of the second-to-last pitch in Eric Chavez's perfect-game-busting at bat. It's amazing that Chavez laid off the pitch.
June 11th. The Diamondbacks were alone atop the NL west. The Dodgers were scuffling and Don Mattingly's days seemed numbered as the Dodgers' fell further and further out of contention at 8 1/2 games backs. But things change quickly. June 11th was the night of the notorious Diamondbacks/Dodgers brawl. Jack Magruder highlights this day as the turning point in the NL West race – the Dodgers are 55-23 since.
Daniel Hudson's elbow injuries have made Kevin Towers' job a bit tougher. The GM has to decide whether tender a contract to the arbitration-eligible Hudson despite Hudson not having pitched in a year-and-a-half and with no guarantee of the pitcher's future health.
Delgado's penchant for giving up home runs has been an issue all year. His 1.8 HR-per-9 innings number would be the worst in the league if Delgado had enough innings to qualify among the league leaders.
Around the League
The Pirates' vaunted young pitcher Gerrit Cole beat Yu Darvish to secure the Pirates first winning season since 1992. For some context, Cole would have been 2 the last time the Bucs had a winning record.
Manager fight! Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi get into it a bit after Girardi accused the Orioles' 3rd-base coach of stealing signs. Lot's of profane lip reading to be done here.
If you've got some extra time. Lots of extra time.