SnakeBytes 4/7: Halting the Skid

Wade Miley, Rally Killer. - Justin Edmonds

After a 4-game losing streak, the D-backs finally got help from their pitching staff in the form of Wade Miley, who went 8 innings in a valiant effort for an already beleaguered pitching staff 9 games in. Today is an off-day for the squad, as they head to San Francisco for a set with the Giants.

Quotables

Wade did an excellent job, and that's what we needed. He's a bulldog. You know he's going to go out there and give you every ounce of stuff that he has that day. His stuff was good today, and the double plays were so timely.

- Mark Trumbo on Wade Miley's start

I couldn't tell you when it's coming or why it's happening. Maybe the mechanics are just a little more geared to driving the ball right now. It's not something I've consciously thought about too much, but you take what you can get.

- Mark Trumbo on his recent homer splurge


Dbacks Daily

"He mixed a lot of fastballs and sliders," Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said. "We tried to get a rally going but hit into the double plays. He had pretty good sink on the ball, and there was nothing we could do."

When the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon was awarded a single on an instant replay reversal in the first inning, Diamondbacks lefty Wade Miley didn't seem to let it bother him. Three pitches later, Blackmon was gone, erased on a double play ground ball. It was a sign of things to come.

In the early going of the 2014 season, Mark Trumbo is showing why the D-backs acquired him in a three-team trade this winter. In Sunday's win over the Rockies, the slugger homered in his fourth straight game for his Major League-leading fifth.

With the regular season underway, D-backs fans have plenty of questions, and beat reporter Steve Gilbert has answers.

The wounds were still fresh from the D-backs' seventh loss in eight games on Saturday night when Wade Miley told his teammates not to worry. "I've got this," he said. "We'll win tomorrow."

The 28-year-old outfielder leads baseball in both home runs, with five, and runs batted in, with 13. His consecutive games with a home run streak ties a franchise record. His home runs and RBI totals through the first nine games are second in Diamondbacks' history to Luis Gonzalez (7; 2001) and Chris Young (14; 2010), respectively.

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"Seven innings," he said again, and he went on to explain that if baseball adopted this, it could represent tonic for all the problems he sees. Seven innings instead of nine would mean the games would finish closer to two-and-a-half hours than three hours or longer. That would be a better fit for the common attention span in 2014. A younger audience might be more attracted to a shorter, more intense product, he said.

But which one is it? bWar or fWar?

All contributions are welcomed and appreciated by MLB teams throughout the course of a 162-game schedule. Even those that may be limited or don't exactly net the best results count for something. Just ask relief pitcher Brayan Villarreal, who despite walking the only batter he faced, earns his very own World Series ring.
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