Robbie Ray injured his oblique in the second inning. T.J. McFarland filled in admirably and get the Diamondbacks in the game. This time, the offense couldn’t find that timely hit to manage more than one run. Of course, they already clinched the series win and will face the Dodgers next. Remarkably, the Diamondbacks won every series in April, yet at 19-8, they only have one series sweep. Against the Dodgers.
A couple of years ago, Greinke strained his oblique and the rest of the Diamondbacks train fell apart. His oblique injury was frustratingly long to heal and he returned not quite himself. But this is Robbie Ray, he’s younger and knows how to come back after injury. For now, it’s the next man up. Perhaps, T.J. McFarland? He’s pitched well since last year. He just had a super disaster of a start last year, but that might just be a mulligan. Otherwise, we need someone in the Minors. Duplantier has a 1.80 ERA and 2-0 record with the Generals and looks good doing it. He’d certainly be the fun choice.
The Diamondbacks have their homestand against the Dodgers for four game and the Astros for three. The series streak is still alive, but it is going to be tough to continue past this week. Certainly can be done by this team that just keeps winning. The hardest part is the Dodgers series is 4 games. Harder to win those series and the Diamondbacks have not had to deal with that yet, which is kind of odd actually. Should be fun to watch.
Still the Red Sox, but the Diamondbacks are getting votes and the race is getting closer. As if we care all that much about that particular race.
Hard to sue Major League Baseball because of their antitrust exemption first created by the judiciary in 1922. A lot of precedent there and would be hard to even get the Supreme Court to take case. But the antitrust exemption was created in the first place, so anything is possible.
Apparently Giancarlo Stanton isn’t good enough. But to be fair, anyone is fair game in the Bronx. This FanGraphs article explores it. Very humorous stories included.