Zack Godley pitched a strong game. He deserved to win it, although maybe it makes up for the game last week. The Diamondbacks had the bases loaded in the fourth and couldn’t score. They had runners on the corners, but perhaps some bad luck on a hard hit ball by Pollock ended the inning. They kept fighting to the last out but came up short. Still having struggles with RISP, but they do keep at it for a full nine innings. Today’s game will decide the series with Patrick Corbin on the mound.
He’s been hitting home runs, stealing bases, and playing great defense. And healthy is the key. I’m sure his contract year has nothing to do with it, but at this rate, he’ll be too expensive to resign. Also of note, Max Scherzer beat out Patrick Corbin for pitcher of the month in the NL and Didi Gregorious won AL player of the month. The Diamondbacks know how to get good players, keeping them is the hard part.
The deal struck places most repairs as the responsibility of the Diamondbacks, but allows the team to pursue other stadium options immediately. Kendrick is saying this should allow the team to stay in Arizona and Maricopa County seems to want to keep the team as well. But the agreement does not guarantee that. I’m not sure why the D-backs would rather build a whole new stadium unless they think they can get more public financing. Arguing that Chase Field is in ruins and the team will leave Arizona without a stadium? This could get ugly, we’ll stay tuned.
Why? I just don’t know how many fans of baseball can only manage to see a game if it is on Facebook. Maybe it is a Millennial thing.
A nice, long article at The Ringer that details Corbin’s dominance and explains why the Diamondbacks will keep going. An enjoyable article to read.
An interesting story about the Pirates’ signing an international player. I guess it is possible to go worse than Yasmany Tomas has gone, although not in terms of money.
I’m usually skeptical when “Peak” is used in articles. Supposedly, we were supposed to reach Peak Oil and Peak Market Value years ago. But in this case, Kershaw has lost some velocity on his fastball bringing Dodger fans to ask the same questions we ask about Greinke.
The Cubs probably expected more when they signed him to a big contract. His ERA in the fifth inning is 31.50 so far.