Quotes of the Day
“He was inconsistent. He couldn’t really locate his fastball and fell behind a couple of times. Other than that, he couldn’t find a pitch to put away. It was tough.”
“I was throwing balls and even when I was throwing strikes I was wild in the zone. I felt like I didn’t really throw it where we wanted it at all. I’ll work on it and try to get better.”
“We just weren’t good enough tonight, but we’ll get rid of this. We’ll come back tomorrow and be ready to play. And we’ll play a better game.”
Not a lot of highlights to cover in the series opener. Trevor Cahill never quite got rolling, surrendering nine hits and five runs over five innings. As for the positives: we will definitely get to see Tyler Skaggs tomorrow as Randall Delgado was optioned back to Reno immediately after allowing two runs in a relief appearance. Additionally, Paul Goldschmidt knocked in a league-leading 47th run.
The early returns on the Diamondbacks' 3-year 26 million dollar investment in Cody Ross have been just so-so. Ross entered Monday hitting an empty .270 with two home runs. It appears that missing the bulk of Spring Training may have set Ross back a bit and he has yet to hit his stride.
Nick Piecoro has a great rundown of the rotation's recent struggles. Despite being perceived as a team with outstanding rotational depth and talent, the Diamondbacks' starters have a 6.84 ERA over their past nine games. Tyler Skaggs looks to turn that around tonight, as he toes the rubber in a compelling match up between the young lefty and the Cardinal's vaunted pitching prospect Michael Wacha.
Archie Bradley and Chris Owings won the organization's Player and Pitcher of the Month Awards. Bradley continues to look unhittable and Owings leads the minor leagues in hits.
Around the League
The league is buzzing about Domonic Brown's league-leading 16 homers and rightfully so. It is nice to see the once-hot prospect getting his due after the Phillies conducted their horrible experiment on the young outfielder. See Amaro, Ruben, The Effects of Terrible Prospect Development on a Young Player (2010-2013).
The Dodgers, desperate to inject their
sentient pile of money lineup with any semblance of baseball talent, called up Cuban prospect Yasiel Puig. He did not disappoint. Puig had two hits and made a stellar play in the outfield to end the game and secure a Dodgers victory.
They grow up so quickly these days. Jonathan Gray, a presumptive top-3 pick reportedly tested positive for Adderall, a banned substance. I can't wait for the inevitable 5,000 word Dan Shaughnessy article about how the moral deficiencies of Millennials will spell doom for baseball as we know it.
The concessions at minor league ballparks might not be good for your health.
I don't really know how to describe this one, but it's good. (Gif-heavy).