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SnakeBytes 9/8: Rain Came Tumbling Down

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Just like the rain that's come down in recent hours, so did Trevor Cahill's no-hitter and subsequent shutout. After that, the floodgates were opened and the Dodgers rushed over to control the game and finish the 3-game sweep of the Diamondbacks. The D-backs look to hurt the Giants playoff chances as they make the trek to San Francisco for a series.

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hey they have a skeeball machine!
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Daily D-backs

Cahill loses grip on first-place Dodgers | MLB.com
Trevor Cahill had a no-hitter through five innings, but he didn't survive the sixth, as the Dodgers got two three-run homers from Adrian Gonzalez down the stretch to hand the D-backs a 7-2 loss on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, capping a frustrating season for manager Kirk Gibson's team against its National League West rivals.

D-backs look to slow playoff-hunting Giants | MLB.com
The Giants did what they could to keep up with the first-place Dodgers over the weekend by taking two of three from the Tigers, but they actually lost a game in the National League West standings because the D-backs dropped three straight at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers' division lead is now three games, though the Giants do hold a 3 1/2-game edge over the Pirates for the top NL Wild Card spot.

Reno's title run has D-backs short | dbacks.com
With Triple-A Reno advancing to the Pacific Coast League Championship Series against Omaha, the D-backs will continue to wait for their September reinforcements from the Aces.

Didi's defense impresses D-backs | dbacks.com

D-backs shortstop Didi Gregorius ranged far to his right, nearly touched the outfield grass and unleashed an off-balance throw across his body. It was perfect. The ball reached Mark Trumbo's glove in plenty of time to catch the Dodgers' Justin Turner for the second out in the third inning Friday. It's that kind of defense that makes Gregorius look more and more like the D-backs' shortstop of the future.

Cody Ross hitting better, wary not to jinx it | azcentral.com
For more than a week, manager Kirk Gibson has been saying the ball is coming off outfielder Cody Ross's bat better during batting practice. It's started to show up in games, too.

La Russa: Stewart's history fit for GM job
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Matt Kemp’s Great and Terrible Year | FanGraphs Baseball
Matt Kemp has had a terrible season. He's been worth only 0.9 WAR. Matt Kemp has had a great season. His 134 wRC+ is a top-25 mark.

Positional Versatility and the Zobrist Fallacy | The Hardball Times
That’s the book on Zobrist. He’s a super-utility guy whom a small army of baseball nerds seem to think is the second coming of Stan Musial. You might even been aware of the fact that Wins Above Replacement (WAR) seems to adore Zobrist. Lots of WAR skeptics like to point to that and use it as an example of WAR’s imperfections, its flaws.

10 Degrees: Why WAR doesn't always add up | Yahoo Sports
Now, the current WAR calculations could very well prove accurate once a flood of defensive data arrives with the Statcast system expected to further revolutionize the game. For now, there is the reality that a metric is only as good as its weakest part, and the defensive components of WAR do not measure up to their offensive, or even baserunning, counterparts.

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