As the first batter of the game, A.J. Pollock gave the Diamondbacks a quick lead with a leadoff homer against San Diego’s Travis Wood. The lead was short-lived though, as the Padres responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. The Diamondbacks would manage only three more hits over the next eight innings, including a second home run by Pollock. Godley finished the night allowing five runs in five innings of work as the Padres won the game and the series, while the Diamondbacks struggled their way to their third consecutive victory.
In addition to sitting on the cusp of becoming the 28th pitcher in MLB history to record 300 saves, Rodney is also only two saves away from becoming only the second pitcher in MLB history to record 40 or more saves at age 40 or older. The other pitcher was some guy named Rivera who saved 44 games twice after age 40.
The Diamondbacks are going to have a difficult decision to make next season. Archie Bradley wants to start games again, but he has turned himself into one of the best relievers in all of baseball and the rotation is already looking to be over-crowded.
Would moving Patrick Corbin to the bullpen help the Diamondbacks address the pitching decisions they need to make this coming winter? Archie Bradley wants to start again, Shelby Miller will be returning at some point, and Anthony Banda is poised to join the rotation. Moving Corbin to the bullpen could help both the team and Patrick Corbin be better in 2018.
Fernando Rodney’s time in the desert is coming to a quick end. Archie Bradley wants to return to starting games. Could inserting into the closer’s role Jimmie Sherfy be the answer the Diamondbacks need?