Quotes of the Day
“I know there are still things to build on, but in the end it’s a positive."
- Brandon McCarthy on finishing the season strong.
Coming back to Arizona must have tricked Dan Haren's brain into thinking it was 2009 again. The former Diamondback pitched seven scoreless innings. Brandon McCarthy, for his part, pitched strong but took the loss, giving up 2 runs over seven innings.
Has any player had a bigger impact on the Diamondbacks due to his play and the trades that brought him here and sent him away than Dan Haren? That's the question Nick Piecoro posits, and it's an interesting one. The players that have been traded for Dan Haren reads like a miniature all-star team (and Joe Saunders) – Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Chris Carter, Patrick Corbin and Joe Saunders – and that list doesn't include Tyler Skaggs, who, though inactive, hopefully has a productive future ahead of him. If you were at the helm of the Diamondbacks, would you trade for Dan Haren in the first place?
There is a strong possibility that Matt Williams will be wearing a different shade of red next season. It's a shame, I'd love to see Williams managing the Diamondbacks for all the reasons outlined in the article.
You're not reading this. You're at the ballpark savoring the last moments of Diamondbacks baseball to keep you sated through the cruel Phoenix winter. You sir, or madame, are smart. Very smart indeed.
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We could be headed for another wild finish to the regular season. Not the Diamondbacks, of course, there's nothing wild about trying to finish .500.
Don't slide into first on Terry Pendleton's watch, he'll mess you up.