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SnakeBytes 5/1: Always Look on the Bright Side

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Sure, the Diamondbacks are on the verge of being swept at home. But they are on the verge of being swept by a first place team, so it's not like it's all bad.

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Last Night

Zack Greinke a Bright Spot in Another Diamondbacks Home Loss
Was it the roof being closed? Simple random variation? Greinke actually getting it figured out? We'll have to stay tuned to see.

Diamondbacks Fall to Rockies as Story Delivers Again
And Ziegler had one of those nights.

Greinke's Strong Start Not Enough at Rockies Rally
In which the Story remained much the same, although the pitcher at fault changed. Also in which we find that the Diamondbacks were once again dominated by a completely not dominant pitcher, and we get Zac Curtis' thoughts on his first walk to an MLB mound. (On a side note, I'm glad that at least two of our three Zacks are spelled the same.)

Diamondbacks News

Diamondbacks players (and office personnel) read mean tweets about uniforms
Because why not?

D-backs Look to Turn Corner After Turbulent April
12 wins was the minimum I thought the Diamondbacks needed to have a shot. They got that, but they (along with three other NL West teams) have to be extremely disappointed that they haven't stepped up and taken control of what looks like a very mediocre division.

Check Out Zac Curtis' Face When He Gets Called to Majors

The Phone Call Zac Curtis Will Never Forget
"Oscar Hernandez made the jump from Single-A to the majors, but he was a Rule-5 pick and had to be on the active roster last year. Otherwise, it's believed Curtis is the first to make the jump for his major league debut..."

The Fringe Five: Baseball's Most Compelling Fringe Prospects
This Fangraphs feature includes (for the second time) Diamondbacks independent league signing Ildemaro Vargas. Vargas skipped High-A and went to Mobile, where he is posting a .792 OPS. Given the options at SS, one wonders how he would do in the outfield. (Also of note: Vargas is two years younger than David Peralta was when Peralta was playing in Mobile.)

Around Baseball

Braves' Prospects Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson Streamlining Path to Majors
With as bad as Erick Aybar has been, we could see either Albies or Swanson in Atlanta sooner rather than later. If Swanson stays at Mississippi long enough, I'll get to see him when the M-Braves take on Mobile in just over a week. We might also get to see Aaron Blair in Atlanta this weekend. Oh, and Ender Inciarte is rehabbing in Extended Spring Training, and will likely be back when the Diamondbacks visit Atlanta. Although in fairness, the way our bullpen has gone, we might have called up Gabe Speier by then. Can Shelby Miller please remember how to pitch?

Today's Game

The Diamondbacks will try to avoid their starting pitcher hitting the mound getting swept today as Shelby Miller faces Chad Bettis. Bettis last worked out of the bullpen in 2014, so hopefully the Diamondbacks will have gotten the memo and not completely fail against him like they tend to fail against spot starters and fringe fifth starters. Current Diamondbacks also hold a .351/.415/.596 triple slash against him, and (small sample size disclaimer) six players currently feature an OPS of over 1.000 against him. Those players do not include Welington Castillo, who will likely have the day off. Miller has been no great shakes against the Rockies, either, but if he can just manage to go six innings, I'll be ok with four or five runs. Baby steps.