Quotes of the Day
“There’s no better feeling, especially when you’re on the road and the fans are on you. That gets me excited. Not over-the-top excited, but it’s definitely a good feeling. You get the jitters, that adrenaline rush. You get another mile an hour on your fastball. Maybe that’s why I like it so much better than starting.”
A nice profile by Nick Piecoro of the Diamondbacks' newest late-inning relief prospect Matt Stites. It is doubtful that Stites, who is recovering from an emergency appendectomy, will pitch again this year, but the organization is bullish on his potential as a power arm out of the pen.
Things did not go so well for Trevor Cahill during his second rehab start in Reno. The rehabbing sinker baller gave up 6 runs on 6 hits - including a homer to the opposing pitcher - in just 4.1 innings.
IPK seems to already be enjoying that Petco home cooking, winning his Padres debut 6-3 over the New York Yankees. Kennedy pitched a solid, if unspectacular, game, allowing 2 runs over 5 2/3 innings.
Around the League
An interesting look back at the early season prognostications for each team. The Diamondbacks are not far off of their predicted Win-Loss record.
A graphical depiction of the uptick in homers during the Steroid Area would have to feature a massive spike during the early 2000s right? Well...it's not so clear. An interesting look at trends in home run frequency over the years.
Gabe Kapler, former major leaguer, breaks down the composition of a major league front office.
This would have been perfectly acceptable at Chase Field.