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Diamondbacks 3, Reds 4: A Sisyphean Struggle Falls Short of the Summit

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Record: 23-36. Pace: 63-99. Change on 2013/2010/2004: -11/0/0

The D-backs fell short despite some opportunities. Wade Miley gave up 4 solo home runs, which accounted for all of the Reds runs, and the D-backs scratched across 3 in the 4th, but Miley stranded runners on the corners on a hard-hit ball. Basically, I was able to keep everything I wrote before the game started, which is the following two paragraphs.

There is only one truly significant problem in baseball philosophy, and that is managerial suicide. Judging whether one’s job is or is not worth keeping amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy; much more so than questions of typical baseball fundamentals. No, everything else—whether or not advanced metrics are worthwhile, whether or not instant replay is worth the waste of time, whether the pitcher should be batting eighth or ninth—comes after the all important question of whether managing is simply worth the trouble in the first place.

Judging from the lineup assembled for this afternoon’s game, it seems that Gibby has decided that managing any further in this absurd baseball world, now sadly bereft of A.J. Pollock, is simply not worth the trouble. (Pennington batting 2nd? Owings and Aaron Hill off the same day? Prado still behind Montero?) To us fans was left the Sisyphean task of forging on, pushing the boulder up the hill, knowing that it would fall down (hopefully near the top of the hill). Happiness for us, as for Sisyphus, can be found in defiance of the baseball gods—we will be happy in the moment between games, as we walk down the hill to take up the boulder once again, having happiness in this menial task, even if there is no hope of any change. In this way we triumph over the absurd.

If only Gibby would also triumph over the absurd, rather than giving into it, and give us something to talk about. I’d like to see a lineup in position order. Sure, that would put Wade Miley leading off, but he has been better with the bat this year than certain players I could name. And Goldy would still be batting third. (Miley, Montero, Goldy, Prado, Chavez, Pennington, Peralta, Inciarte, Parra would be the order). Or an alphabetical lineup. If you are going to commit managerial suicide, at least be original. (Camus, of course, does not endorse managerial suicide, no matter how original. But I’m writing this, not Camus.)

There was a game, there was a lot of contact, some of it was hard, most of it was out, a good bit of it was hard AND out. Five starting Venezuelans had hits, a major league first. David Peralta deserves congratulations on an excellent debut, going 2 for 4 and not making any mistakes in the field. There were wasted opportunities, starting pitchers giving up home runs—basically, everything D-backs fans have come to expect. Still, there were chances late, giving us the hope of pushing that boulder all the way up the hill, before it fell to the bottom yet again, another expected outcome to this most absurd season. To Gibby’s credit, it could be argued that the lineup performed better than expected, but that’s largely because expectations were so low some Little League teams could have reached them.

A fairly active GDT. 376 comments as I write. Topics covered to save us from contemplating the horror of the abyss included The Simpsons, Wilkie Collins, Richard Harris, and death. So basically, the GDT went from one abyss to another. COTD goes to AzDbackfanInDc for the only comment to change color.

AzDbackfanInDc

I'm the best tiper on the snkaepit

No more Parra Parra Parra just Win Win Win

by AzDbackfanInDc on Jun 1, 2014 | 2:15 PM up reply unrec (4) actions

Off day tomorrow, so let’s all enjoy our trek down the hill, and prepare to push the boulder up again on Tuesday night. The absurdity is compounded by the fact that we face the Rockies. Remember, even if sentenced to absurd futility, if we embrace the absurdity, the baseball gods can't degrade our souls!

Bells and whistles

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[Click to enlarge, at fangraphs.com]
Sisyphus: Addison Reed, +9.4%
The Boulder: Wade Miley, -20.0%

Meursault: Pennington, -16.9%; Chavez, -12.4%

TolkienBard led the commentators, admirably supported by AzDbackfanInDc and Clefo. Also present as we get June undere way were: GODSCHMIDT, GuruB, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, MrMrrbi, PR151, Rockkstarr12, SenSurround, SongBird, benhat, blank_38, ford.williams.10, hotclaws, onedotfive, preston.salisbury, txzona and xmet. The team now flies off to Colorado to face the Rockies. Chase Anderson takes on Jorge de la Rosa in the opener, which starts at 5:40pm Arizona time tomorrow.

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