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Snake Bytes 4/5: Starting Pitching Is Still King

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The Dodgers were swept by phenomenal starting pitching the last two games.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 0

Patrick Corbin was baffling the Dodgers’ lineup. The D-backs offense did enough to support this year’s Opening Day starter, who has so far been very deserving of the honor. The story goes that Todd Helton, at the end of his career, declared Corbin’s slider as the best he’s ever seen. After Tommy John, some recovery, and a humidor, that slider is back and was key for Corbin to strike out 12 batters.

Related: Corbin Nearly Unhittable as D-backs Sweep Dodgers

D-backs to Rest Goldschmidt, but Not That Much

So the D-backs are 5-1 after Week One and in first place by 2.5 games and just swept the Dodgers. By the way, Goldy is batting .059. Of course, his OPS is .525. It takes a special player to start a season with that kind of number spread. Does he need rest? Probably, but since he will NEVER ask for it, Lovullo has to be the one to make the call on that one.

D-backs Dress Up after Dodgers Sweep

Archie Bradley looks good in anything he wears these days. I would totally grow an awesome beard like that if didn’t itch so much.

Bickley: Diamondbacks Off to a Near Perfect Start

If Bickley says it, then it must be true.

ESPN Major League Baseball Home

This is the ESPN home page. The Diamondbacks are 5-1, just swept the Dodgers and did it with great pitching and a lot of guts. See how long you have to scroll down this page before the Diamondbacks are even mentioned.

Around MLB

Want to Be Entertained? The Most Exciting Teams, Players, and Themes of 2018

A long article with not one mention of the Diamondbacks or anyone associated with them. That’s fine by me, winning is more important than hype.

Rodney Devours Snowflakes While Closing Out Game

I do miss his antics, but Boxberger is a lot less stressful.