Giants 10, Diamondbacks 3
[D’backs.com] Godley stung for seven-run frame vs. Giants - I remember getting called out after a round table during the first month of the season for saying that Zack Godley needed to get it together. He was missing the zone more often and hitters were swinging at his pitches out of the zone less often. Godley was spiking curveballs in the dirt 5 feet in front of home plate and falling completely off the mound after his delivery, but I was assured everything was cool because he wasn’t giving up a ton of runs. While his command has improved slightly since that assertion, he has given up at least 4 earned runs in 6 of his starts this season. Opposing hitters are being patient with his curveball while making better contact against it this season. The wheels completely fell off for him against the Giants on Monday who blasted him for 7 earned runs on Monday in the 4th inning.
[Arizona Sports] D-backs give up seven runs in fourth inning, fall to Giants - Ketel Marte continues to smoke the baseball. He had a two RBI double in the 3rd, and nearly missed two more extra base hits with a pair of fly outs to the warning track. Marte has had an extra base hit in 6 of his last 7 games.
[AZ Central] Giants attack Zack Godley to take series opener over Diamondbacks - After the divisional loss to the Giants last night, only 4.5 games separate the first place Diamondbacks from the last place San Diego Padres. The Colorado Rockies did not play, so Arizona lost half a game to them.
[Cavalier Insider] Virginia outfielder McCarthy chosen by Diamondbacks in MLB Draft - Mike Hazen’s war room dipped into the University of Virginia talent pool in the early rounds for a second year in a row. Last year they took Pavin Smith with their first selection, and took outfielder Jake McCarthy with their second pick last night. McCarthy had trouble staying on the field throughout his collegiate career, so there is limited sample size to evaluate him in that regard.
[Arizona Sports] D-backs prioritize athleticism, speed on first day of 2018 MLB Draft - Arizona went with two prep position players over its first three selections. Amateur scouting director Deric Ladnier mentioned that the emphasis the first night was on speed and athletic ability. That strategy is consistent with the philosophy of roster construction at the Major League level and gives the organization the opportunity to move these players around to find their best fit.
“We talked about it and last year we felt like we went after thumpers on the corner,” he said. “We did want to increase the speed within our system and the athletic ability within our system because I think this draft really balances out last year’s draft. I think it was very balanced for our philosophy over the last couple of years.”
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks value athleticism, select three hitters on 1st day of MLB draft - With their first selection at #25, Arizona selected middle infielder Matt McLain from Beckman High School in Tustin, California. He has committed to play at UCLA, and the Diamondbacks had scouted him heavily over the spring. The other prep player selected by the club was outfielder Alek Thomas. His father is on the coaching staff of the Chicago White Sox, and he had committed to playing for TCU.
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock, Steven Souza still limited in rehab work - Steven Souza Jr. has yet to resume throwing as the team proceeds cautiously with his pectoral strain. Meanwhile, A.J. Pollock is still not cleared for baseball activity while waiting for the avulsion fracture in his thumb to heal. However, Robbie Ray continues to make progress after a 35 pitch bullpen session on Monday. He has another session scheduled for Wednesday.
[Arizona Sports] D-backs’ Shelby Miller gives up one run, strikes out six in latest rehab start - Prior to the start of Monday’s game against the Giants, Torey Lovullo said that the team will soon be having discussions about the starting rotation as Shelby Miller and Robbie Ray near their returns. Zack Godley has been making that decision easier with each start this season. Godley consistently falls off the mound after his delivery which does not give me any confidence until he corrects that going forward. On Monday, Miller went 4 2⁄3 innings for AA Jackson allowing one earned run, four hits, four walks, and six strikeouts on 79 pitches.
Around the League
[ESPN] Power Rankings: Make way for new contenders in NL shake-up - A solid week against poor competition helps the D’backs regain a few spots moving to #14 per ESPN. CBS Sports bumps them up 4 spots to #14. USA Today has Arizona at #13. MLB.com surprisingly moves them down 4 spots to #15. The Athletic loves what Clay Buccholz has done in his starts moving the D’backs to #13.
[Yahoo Sports] Aaron Judge struck out 8 times Monday, setting new MLB record - The New York Yankees played a double-header against the Detroit Tigers yesterday allowing Aaron Judge to have an abysmal day at the plate. Judge struck out eight times between both contests setting a new Major League record for strikeouts in a double-header. Six players before him in the history of the game had struck out seven times in a twin billing.
[Arizona Sports] Valley’s own Liberatore, Gorman selected in first round of MLB Draft - Arizona prep schools had two players selected within the top 20. The Tampa Bay Rays took Matthew Liberatore of Mountain Ridge at #16 and the St. Louis Cardinals selected Nolan Gorman from Sandra Day O’Connor with the #19 pick. Both players just faced off in the Arizona High School State Championship recently with Gorman’s school emerging victorious.