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Snake Bytes 7/10: Time For a Much Needed Break

The Diamondbacks bats once again go quiet as they lose their home series against the Reds. It was the last game before an All-Star break that offers the D-backs a chance to regroup and refresh themselves.

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Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Reds 2, Diamondbacks 1

Coming into this series, the Reds starting pitching numbers were bad enough to be compared to teams playing during the Herbert Hoover administration. But the Diamondbacks couldn’t find ways to score. Twice thrown out at home. They even started the 6th inning with a walk and two singles and still could not score. Key strikeouts and double plays proved to be too much as Homer Bailey lowered his ERA dramatically to 8.31. Clearly, the Diamondbacks are thankful for this All-Star break that could not come soon enough.

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Pollock returning to form before break

One positive for the D-backs offense last night was the fine play they got out of AJ Pollock. He hit a homer for the D-backs lone run and stole two bases. In particular, his willingness to steal shows he has gotten past his injury. He will be needed after the break. So stay healthy Mr. Pollock.

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D-backs look to rebound after the break

The D-backs have lost series to the Cardinals and Reds, while also getting swept by the Dodgers over the last two weeks falling to 7.5 games behind the Dodgers for the NL West lead. If there was ever a time to rebound and return to June form, after the All-Star break would be it. They will face the Braves followed by these Reds again the first week after break before the schedule gets considerably more difficult. The D-backs are still in good Wild Card shape, but more wins going forward will be needed.

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Rather than rebuild the team, Mike Hazen decided to keep the core and add good value veterans for 2017 to complete the roster. Mathis deserves a good portion of credit for pitching improvement. He certainly has Zack Greinke’s trust. Descalso’s infectious positive attitude has helped cultivate a locker room with improved chemistry and fellowship.

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