This was a game the D-backs had to make a comeback to win, just like old times. It would have been nice to break the record of consecutive innings never behind, but I am sure D-backs fans are quite satisfied. Taijuan Walker had another strong outing as his ERA drops to 3.33. Unbelievably, he only has the 4th lowest of a rotation that continues to pitch lights out. Another strong outing by the bullpen as well. The D-backs offense has cooled off a bit the last two games, but Goldy resting his elbow may have something to do with that.
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The D-backs had a couple of runners on base to start the game, but couldn’t get any home. In the bottom half the streak ended after some not-so-great defense. But the big picture is something different. It is astounding - 97 INNINGS! This D-backs team was largely defined this season by their ability to fight and come back after falling behind early.
Sure those last 4 games were won without Goldy. But eventually, a starting pitcher may have a rough game or Just Dingers might stop making history. We need him back, but if rest will make it better, then so be it. We need him even more in a few weeks.
Anything less than a home-field WC game at this point would be a disaster. The more interesting question would be who is the opponent. I actually hope it is the Rockies, I don’t see a starter or bullpen arms on that staff who is overly concerning.
In Hazen we trust. So modest. Of course, he inherited some nice pieces. But the mistakes of the past regime were a still a problem. It seems like every move he has made has been golden without breaking the bank or decimating the farm system. Just to recap, he brought in Taijuan Walker, J.D. Martinez, Fernando Rodney, Daniel Descalso, David Hernandez, and others. Most importantly, he kept the core together, rather than blow it up so he could make his own “mark” on the team. As it turns out, his mark came out looking quite nice.
It is actually not a terrible idea. But honestly, those type of fielding “errors” are already factored into advanced metrics. I’m not sure regular fans are concerned about this issue. Besides, would that mean pitchers could start getting .5 earned runs?
This is a tough one. Maybe the Indians and D-backs are rising and the Dodgers are stumbling? It is nice to finally read an article that actually looks at some of the weaknesses on the Dodgers.
The D-backs pretty much have it wrapped up. The other 3 WC spots are up for grabs. I’m just thankful for this winning streak, I’d hate to be worried about getting in it. The AL has a whole lot of ways it can finish out.