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Snake Bytes 8/3: It is Now “The Godley Trade”, Not “The Montero Trade”

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Zack Godley pitches his second consecutive scoreless start as the D-backs shut out the Cubs. The other Zack pitches today for the series win in Chicago.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Chicago Cubs Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images

Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 0

Zack Godley had a couple of Ungodleylike starts in July, but he has rebounded in a big way going 13 scoreless innings in his past two starts. He’s still young, so it is always concerning when a player like that struggles for a bit. But his ERA is back under 3.00 and he outpitches Jake Arrieta. Thank you Cubs for throwing him in the Montero deal. Nice to see Jake Lamb break out of his slump. When he’s hitting well, the D-backs seem to roll.

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It was a good day for the Diamondbacks. They beat the Cubs while the Brewers, Rockies, and Dodgers all lost. Sure the Dodgers probably have the NL West, but it’s still nice to see them lose.

Robbie Ray Returns to Phoenix for Exam

Today is Ray’s turn in the rotation, but since the D-backs had a recent day-off, they can just skip him and use Greinke on normal rest. Thank you for not bringing up a AAA starter for the game. I miss the days when guys like Johnson and Shilling pitched every 5 days, which meant a day off for the team was just a day off for the 5th starter. Greinke should be starting today and will be. As for Robbie Ray, let’s hope his exam goes well.

Bickley: Lawyers, Playoff Teams Don’t Mix

Bickley doesn’t like the situation and neither do most fans. Lawyers and politicians are masters of posturing and leverage. Winning baseball is actually an ideal time for the Diamondbacks to score some points. The Valley is a huge area. In football, only 8 games a year are played at home, so having a stadium at the edge of town works fine. But both sides must know that downtown Phoenix makes the most sense for the Diamondbacks. Would they really build another stadium? Move to Montreal? Please.

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