"I’ve kind of always been a guy that hits them and then doesn’t hit them for a while. I can’t really explain it. I know I was going through a time in Reno where I was hitting the ball as hard as I could possible hit it, but it was 10 feet high. It wasn’t going up. I can’t really control that."
- Brandon Drury
Sometimes there’s a fine line between stalker and Major League Baseball player.
The wonderful, improbable ride of Zack Godley has one more chapter in this 2015 season. Godley, thought to be banished to the bullpen for the rest of the year, will now be making another start for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday according to Zach Buchanan at azcentral.
For about a month and a half late this summer, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt didn’t look much like himself. From August 1 to September 15, Goldschmidt hit just .235. He was still a productive hitter – he had a .350 on-base percentage and .780 OPS in that span – but he didn’t look like the perennial MVP candidate he’d been since the start of 2013. That’s all in the past now. Over the past eight games, Goldschmidt has gone 11 for 30, with an on-base of .472 and OPS of 1.206. If the playoffs are out of the picture, might as well go out on a hot streak.
When arriving at Petco Park on Friday, at least a couple players looked at the lineup and wondering if it was a misprint. Batting eighth and playing shortstop was 6-foot-1, 215-pound rookie Brandon Drury.
The D-backs and Padres continue their three-game series Saturday with Padres left-hander Robbie Erlin looking to rebound from his last start and D-backs veteran right-hander Jeremy Hellickson hoping to build on his.