LOS ANGELES AT ARIZONA - The Los Angeles Dodgers have underwhelmed on the road for most of the season, but their improvement of late could bode well for the playoffs.
Diamondbacks not anti-analytics; they're crunching numbers like rest of MLB - Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart seemed to draw a line in the sand against analytics last January, saying the team appealed to free-agent right-hander James Shields because of its old-school ways.
Arizona Diamondbacks' Aaron Blair leads pitching prospects - Like most aspects of the Diamondbacks' season, the development of their young starting pitching has been something of a mixed bag, with some prospects taking steps forward, others going backward, and some, such as right-hander Archie Bradley, doing a little of both.
Arizona Diamondbacks - PlayerWatch - OF Socrates Brito went 1-for-3 with a single in his first major league start, playing right field when Ender Inciarte opened in center to give A.J. Pollock a day off. Brito hit a crisp single to right field with two outs in the sixth. Unfamiliar with the spacious Arizona outfield, Brito was removed in the eighth inning, when Pollock entered to play center and Incirate moved to right.
Will the Diamondbacks trade either Chris Owings or Nick Ahmed this off-season? - Having a lot of talented players at a position is a good problem to have and the Arizona Diamondbacks have that problem with their middle infield. In what's become a growing trend for the Diamondbacks, they are starting to cultivate talent at many positions and as a result have to focus on the big problem of which players to keep.