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SnakeBytes 9/17: Setting the Stage

Josh Collmenter was brilliant; albeit lucky as he only surrendered 2 runs over 8 innings while the offense couldn't muster anything against Jake Peavy. Josh has lowered his ERA to 3.60 on the season and has been the only consistent member of the pitching staff. It'll be interesting to see if he opens 2015 in the rotation or not.

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Ralph Freso

Daily D-backs

Collmenter strong in pitcher's duel |
Josh Collmenter put together his fifth straight outstanding start, but the right-hander did not come away with a win to show for it as the D-backs fell to the Giants, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

Peavy, Giants edge Collmenter, D-Backs |
Behind a Buster Posey home run and a Brandon Crawford sacrifice fly, the San Francisco Giants came up with just enough offense to beat Josh Collmenter and the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

Chafin to start 2nd MLB game |
"It's going to be very exciting, regardless," Chafin said. "Throwing at this level is just amazing. Definitely a lot less jitters. Now there's just: 'All right, go out and do my job. I know I can do it. Just another day on the ballfield.'"

Chafin replaces Delgado in D-backs' rotation |
The last time Andrew Chafin pitched, he gave his team a chance to win a title. The 24-year-old right-hander, then pitching for the Triple-A Reno Aces, tossed six scoreless innings against the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Royals' Triple-A affiliate, in Game 3 of the best-of-five Pacific Coast League Championship Series. The Aces fell in Game 5 of the series, so instead of traveling to the Triple-A National Championship Game, Chafin got the call to the big leagues and will make his second career Major League start Wednesday.

La Russa meets with two GM candidates |
D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa met with general-manager candidates Dave Stewart and Allard Baird on Tuesday, while Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine withdrew his name from consideration. By the end of this week, seven candidates are expected to have met with La Russa and D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall. They include: Baird, Larry Beinfest, Gary LaRocque, Ray Montgomery, Tim Purpura, Stewart and De Jon Watson.

Goldschmidt nominated for Clemente Award |
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was named Major League Baseball and Chevrolet's D-backs nominee for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award on Tuesday. Each team has a nominee for the award, which recognizes a player who best represents baseball through positive acts on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

Should D-Backs keep Trumbo? Next GM has difficult decision |
Barring a monster final two weeks, slugger Mark Trumbo will enter the offseason on the heels of a disappointing season, leaving whomever the Diamondbacks select as their next general manager with a difficult decision on his hands. But in the 41 games in left field, Trumbo has been unable to silence the critics who thought his defensive shortcomings at the position would outweigh his offensive contributions.

Ender Inciarte feels he's proving worth to Diamondbacks |
Standing in the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero solicited opinions for his Players' Choice awards ballot, asking those around him for their Player and Pitcher of the Year selections.

Pennington's 2015 status uncertain |
There is some degree of uncertainty about Pennington's status for next year. He will be eligible for arbitration for the final time, meaning he'll be in line for a raise on his $2.75 million base salary from this season.

Around the MLB

After the Orioles clinched, Adam Jones pied random fans.

Gordon with a miracle glove flip |
Dee Gordon makes an outstanding diving stop and glove flip to start the double play in the 6th inning


Dear Clayton; Love, Pedro |
Dear Clayton, Pedro Martinez’s 2000 season here. I heard you were having a pretty good year, so I took a look at the stats, and wow: We have so much in common. We’re almost identical ERA brothers!

Fernando Tatis Twitter account confirmed to be a fake |
So while we fell in love with Fernando Tatis on Twitter with his non-sequitors about dipping sauces, his Super Bowl commentary and his amazing MS Paint masterpieces: None of it was true.

The Left Arm of God: Sandy Koufax was pitcher perfect on and off the field |
He sometimes was referred to as "The Ghost." Despite shunning the fame that followed him, Sandy Koufax impacted others through his lessons of generosity, humility and invaluable pitching wisdom.

Playing the A’s? Grow a Beard | The Hardball Times
A "beard," a term introduced to the baseball world by Bill James in his Guide to Baseball Managers, refers to a seldom-used managerial maneuver that involves pulling the starting pitcher extremely early in the game for a starter that throws from the other side. If the opposing manager has set his lineup with the expectation of facing a lefty and the replacement pitcher is a righty, this forces the opposing manager to cede the platoon edge for several trips through the order or to burn his bench early in the game.

This was posted yesterday in the comments, but it's so good it needs another appearance.