Quotes of the Day
“Just waking up knowing you’re going to a big-league ballpark is pretty cool. It’s kind of interesting, getting called up and having never been to any of these ballparks. It’s cool getting here for the first time, going in the dugout and checking out the fields. It’s fun just taking it in.”
“He’s had a hell of a year. I’ve been very pleased with what he’s done since he’s been up here, even with the home runs. Yeah, he’s given up a lot, but other than one or two starts in the last couple of months he’s been in every ballgame. He’s given us an opportunity to win.”
The Diamondbacks played their 78th extra inning last night, making them the all time leader for extra innings played in a single season. Paul Goldschmidt knocked his league-leading 36th homer of the year and Didi Gregorious knocked in the game winner in the top of the 12th.
Are you excited about the crop of rookies? Or is assuming they won't be traded for veteran utility players a foolish notion?
Kevin Towers has indicated lately that the Diamondbacks pitching staff will emphasize not giving up the long ball. In light of this sentiment, it appears Randall Delgado – who would lead the majors in home runs allowed if he qualified for the league leaders – might have his stay in Arizona cut short.
Around the League
The AL Wild Card race remains too close to call. The Rays are currently the first wild card, one game ahead of Cleveland. The first team out is the Rangers who trail Cleveland by a game. The Royals and Yankees hopes appear to be fading fast at 4 and 5 games out respectively.
Four of the top 25 dWAR seasons are happening right now. By dWAR, Andrelton Simmons is having the greatest defensive season of all time, while Carlos Gomez, Manny Machado, and Gerardo Parra all clock in in the top 25. Are we witnessing the golden era of defense? Or are defensive metrics unreliable?
This is a must-see bat flip. Cody Ross might have a future playing in Korea if this is any indication of the league's style.