Snake Bytes: 5/14

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The Diamondbacks' bullpen received a rare day off on Tuesday as Bronson Arroyo bested Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals both on the mound and at the plate, pitching a complete game while compiling two hits in a 3-1 Arizona victory.

Quick Quotes

"He knows how to pitch, he knows how to navigate a lineup. He throws from different arm angles. He mixes his pitches, moves the ball in and out. He had a really good sinker going. It's the best sinker I've seen.

-Jayson Werth on Bronson Arroyo

"It's not much of an approach up there. You freaking choke up a little bit and he's throwing hard. I just try to outthink him and try and guess what he's throwing. If you can guess what he's throwing, then you give yourself at least a chance. But I got lucky today. I hit two balls soft, but one of them turned out to be a huge hit and started off an inning that won us the ballgame."

-Bronson Arroyo on hitting against Stephen Strasburg

"There is no controversy here. He's our closer, he's done a hell of a job for us, let's not forget that."

-Kirk Gibson on Addison Reed

"It's a ways off. It's not like I'm rushing, trying to get out there in three to four weeks. I just want to get out there and be healthy by the end of the year. There's no other finish line at this point."

-Daniel Hudson

Daily Digest

Arroyo Tosses Complete Game, Diamondbacks Beat Strasburg, Nats 3-1

Bronson Arroyo was in rare form on Tuesday night, tossing the 15th complete game of his career. Arroyo also helped himself at the plate getting two hits against his opposing number, becoming only the second pitcher to ever do that against Strasburg.

Reed’s Slider and Other Notes

Addison Reed’s slider is a wipe-out pitch when it is on. When it isn’t, the Diamondback closer is hit hard. The closer remains undaunted and is encouraged by the organization to continue refining it.

Gibson Supports Reed

After watching the back end of the bullpen play a large role in deep-sixing the 2013 season, it’s not exactly surprising that Diamondback fans are getting a bit uneasy when Addison Reed comes in to close out games after his recent run of tough outings.

Gibson Wins Race to the Dugout

Surgically repaired knees be damned.

A.J. Pollock Back on Track

The dynamic Diamondbacks center fielder has shaken off his early season struggles and turned it on at the plate.

Ziegler the Sidearm Hurler

Brad Ziegler recalls watching an 18-year-old Trevor Cahill start his professional career while he was a27-year-old learning how to throw all over again.

Chris Owings

The Diamondbacks’ young short stop credits mentoring from his high school coach for his success.

Around MLB

Jose Fernandez Has ‘Significant Tear’ – TJ Surgery Advised

Miami’s young phenom appears poised to add his name to the disturbingly long list of pitchers to undergo Tommy John Surgery this season.

Sandberg Calls Out Paplebon

What happens when a manager already known for being a harsh critic of his own players’ work ethics gets food poisoning from one of the vendors at the opposition’s stadium?

Ump Face-Touching Incident a Non-issue for Hunter

Torii Hunter is ready to move on from Monday’s bit of ugliness

PEDs- How Much Do They Really Inflate Numbers?

Dan Szymborski tries to evaluate the difference PEDs have actually made in performance.

Mike Trout’s Mortality

Rob Neyer dig deeper into the numbers of Baseball’s brightest star.


In Defense of the Strikeout

Dave Cameron explains why the "fascist strikeouts" are the best way to go for a pitcher.

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