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Snake Bytes 5/7: Koching Up Dessert

The D-backs win their 7-game series against World Series Powers and remain undefeated in series records this year.

Houston Astros v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Diamondbacks 3, Astros 1

How about Matt Koch? So far, he has been the Zack Godley of 2018. Coming into the rotation after a starter gets Tommy John surgery. Never highly touted, came up through the ranks and makes a big impact in the second half of his twenties. Develop a pitch and figure it out just when the Diamondbacks need him. It’s the same story for both of them. As for the D-backs, they win another series. Sure, they got outscored 12-7 but somehow won two games on the strength of pitching. And how about Hirano and Boxberger signing reasonable contracts? We should talk about Boxberger more perhaps, but that’s a good thing to not have to talk about your closer. The Dodgers are next in an unusual two-game set. Got to win one of them to get the streak alive.

Related: D-backs’ AJ Pollock, Matt Koch Deliver for Series Win Over Astros

Pollock Triples and Scores on Obstruction Call

Pollock does it again. His triple was exciting. His race to home was stressful, but it all panned out. I’m still mad about last year when Pollock was called out when DJ LeMahieu purposefully ran into him near second base while not playing the ball at all. This time the umpires got it right.

Miller Taking Steps in Tommy John Rehab

Everything is looking good. He will get some action in extended spring training, followed by start in the minors to build up his arm strength. His attitude seems to be a good one to return to action in the next couple of months. I have a feeling we are going to need him.

Socrates Brito Helping Reno Turn Things Around

Pollock is getting more expensive by the day. Socrates may be needed next year and he’s playing well. He’s still only 25-years-old which is almost surprising considering how long we’ve been talking about him.

Around MLB

Molina’s Injury More Painful for Him Than Cardinals

If you haven’t seen what happened, you might be better off. But he’ll be back in a month and the Cardinals have options in the meantime. They have actually started out with a 20-12 record. D-backs handled them fine if I recall.

MLB Power Rankings

The Sporting News have the Diamondbacks ranked 4th now after being stuck in 7th. They might have to start paying attention some more.