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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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.
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.
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.
While it is difficult to predict what kind of trades will happen at the deadline, it is nice for fans to at least know who is available. That way, we can fantasize about the perfect deal that solves all concerns we may have. Of course, it rarely works out that way.
Miguel has lost his patience and seems to just want the Tigers to get on with it. The truth is that negotiating tactics lead to trades not happening until right at the deadline. But Miggy doesn’t see it that way at all.
For those of us who are bored with All-Star game festivities over the last decade, the Home Run Derby usually offers a few thrills. This year the lineup is a strong one and has the potential to keep me interested.