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SnakeBytes 6/9: Not Well, For Starters

In the past 10 games, Diamondbacks starters have an 8.67 ERA, which ranks dead last in the majors in that span and have raised their season total to 4.09. But even after this horrendous stretch, they are still ranked 16th in the MLB yet only 10th in the NL. Just shows the difference between the AL and NL. The Dbacks look to Tyler Skaggs to continue his surprising start to the season in the series finale before they head back on the road for 6 games against the Dodgers and Padres. We hear from Kirk Gibson and Ray Montgomery on this edition of SnakeBytes.

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Aw man I left the car running in the parking garage.
Aw man I left the car running in the parking garage.
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That one happened in 24 pitches. It happened quick. They scored six runs on 24 pitches.

-- Kirk Gibson

We'd like to have better performances, but it wasn't long ago that the starters were dominating. It's the ups and downs of the season. We'll have to reflect on what happened and have [Cahill] turned around for his next start, the same thing with Ian. It's just part of going through a season.

-- Kirk Gibson

You think about how it breaks down from rotation projections in Spring Training to how it is now, I think that makes it clear. It really is dangerous to think that you're set at any position, because in the blink of an eye, things change so rapidly and before you know it, you're searching for it.

-- Ray Montgomery

Dbacks News

D-backs look to bounce back in series finale |
Skaggs gets ball as D-backs look to bounce back from loss, take series in finale with Giants.

Bullpen called on early after Cahill's rough outing | ARI Recap
Paul Goldschmidt tied a D-backs record on Saturday night at Chase Field by driving in a run in his eighth consecutive game, but that was not enough to offset the club's sudden starting-pitching problems. For the second time in the past three games, an Arizona starter could not make it beyond the fourth.

Starters' struggles a worrying trend for D-backs |
Trevor Cahill's eight-run disaster in a 10-5 loss to the Giants on Saturday was the latest example of the disappointing start the D-backs have gotten from their rotation. Cahill's six-run fourth inning led to a second loss this week in which the D-backs were buried by a bad inning.

Slumping starters; farm report; & other stuff |
"I would like to see better performances," manager Kirk Gibson said, "but it wasn’t long ago they were dominating. It’s the ups and downs of a season." He’s right, and most likely it is nothing to get too worked up about, but we mention this for a couple of reasons.

Arizona Diamondbacks focus on pitching, athleticism in 2013 Draft | News
But as Arizona has seen firsthand this season with injuries to veterans Brandon McCarthy, Daniel Hudson and Ian Kennedy, teams can never have enough starting pitching. With that in mind, the D-backs selected two advanced college arms with their first two picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on their way to taking 16 pitchers and 25 position players overall throughout the three-day process.

D-backs land shortstop Cordero in 11th round | News
Just 18 years old, Cordero stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 174 pounds. He'll grow into his medium frame more, but he already has a lot of defensive tools, including plus arm strength. Aside from manning shortstop, Cordero also played some outfield at the academy, where his speed and strong arm were put to good use.

Arizona Diamondbacks draft paralyzed player in 34th round - ESPN
The Arizona Diamondbacks have used a 34th-round draft pick on Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn, who was paralyzed during a game in 2011.

Arizona Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz throws pain-free session | News
D-backs reliever J.J. Putz, who as been on the disabled list with a strained right elbow since May 7, threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Saturday at Chase Field.

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