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Snake Bytes 5/17: Wild Wins Work Too

Greinke had an up-and-down night. Chris Owings brought the circus to the basepaths and Paul Goldschmidt “stole” home”. We’ll take it.

New York Mets v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

New York 4, Arizona 5

Zack Greinke didn’t have his best stiff, but he still manages a pretty strong performance until the seventh, when he was tagged for two more runs - giving him four earned on the night. Torey Lovullo’s lineup experiment managed to score enough, and with a bit of a circus on the basepaths, managed to “steal” home and a win.

Related: Goldschmidt Steal ‘Blind Luck’

Related: Greinke Wins Third Straight

Does Goldy Have Shot at 40/40 Club?

This seems like it is really ewarly to speculate on, but even seeing him steal 30 and joining Bagwell as the only modern first baseman to do so twice would be special.

Should Pollock Slow Down?

Mike Hazen and Torey Lovullo have seen Pollock’s dynamic, all-out sort of play before - in Boston second baseman Dustin PEdroia. It took a while to get Pedroia to find a slower gear, but the Diamonbacks think it might be worthwhile to consider asking the Pollock to try the same. (Dropping an 8-year/$110 million contract on him like Pedroia was given before slowing down might do the trick, but that seems an extreme solution right now.)

Meet the New Zack Godley

Jeff Sullivan looks at what has changed for Zack Godley since he arrived in the majors. (Hat-tip to ryeandi for finding this yesterday afternoon.)

Who Hits First?

With A.J. Pollock recovering from a grade-1 groin strain, the Arizona Diamondbacks need to find a new solution (hopefully rather temporary) for who bats leadoff.

Is Brandon Drury the Next Jeff Kent?

While he currently hits with considerably less power, Brandon Drury’s transition to second base has him garnering comps to the slugging second baseman.