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Snake Bytes 7/23: Greinke Majestic

Greinke’s award winning arm (and hair) solidify the win against Colorado.

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MLB: Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks
His Excellency. His Majesty.
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

After losing 3 games in a row and dropping to 3rd in the NL West, Zack Greinke stepped in to stop the bleeding with his exceptional performance yesterday afternoon against the Rockies. Colorado, whom’st coming into Sunday’s game had won 7 straight and moved into 2nd in the division standings, finally were put in place by Dbacks pitching. In the previous two games vs Col, Dbacks hitters scored a measly 15 runs total, but took 2 big L’s.

Greinke strikes out 13, throws gem to cool Rockies right the F down...

Right-hander Zack Greinke used a dominant four-pitch mix to record a season-high 13 strikeouts in his longest start of the year as the D-backs ended the Rockies’ seven-game win streak with a 6-1 victory at Chase Field on Sunday.

Greinke goes 8, strikes out 13 in huge win over Colorado...

Arizona moved back into second place in the NL West, 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado had briefly moved past the Diamondbacks by winning the first two games of the series 11-10 and 6-5. The Rockies left Arizona a half-game behind the Diamondbacks and two behind the Dodgers.

Injury Updates:

TJ McFarland expected back Monday.

McFarland threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday and isn’t expected to miss more than the minimum amount of time with a neck strain. The reliever has posted an excellent 1.81 ERA in 59.2 innings for Arizona so far this season.

Clay Bucholz slated to start Tuesday.

Bucholz (oblique) will toe the rubber for Tuesday’s matchup against the Cubs, Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange reports.

Buchholz landed on the 10-day disabled list June 25 after suffering a stained left oblique, and after completing a successful rehab stint, he’s ready to rejoin the starting rotation. The 33-year-old right-hander will assume the slot of Shelby Miller (elbow), as he still hasn’t resumed throwing. Buchholz has been impressive through seven starts with Arizona this season, posting a 2.56 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with a 31:7 K:BB over 38.2 innings.

Dbacks News:

Anthony Bastardo receives 140 game suspension for PED use.

Free-agent lefty Antonio Bastardo has received a 140-game suspension, per a league announcement. He tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug stanozolol.

The Diamondbacks took a chance on Bastardo at the beginning of 2018, adding him to a large pool of veterans they signed to minors deals prior to spring training. Though he did manage to strike out nine hitters in just 5 2/3 innings (against only one walk), Arizona prioritized other pitchers ahead of him and granted him his release on March 20th. As MLBTR’s Jeff Todd noted at the time, it still seemed possible that the veteran’s track record and decent spring performance would afford him an opportunity elsewhere.

Torey finds that no DH in the NL is way more interesting.

“I’m a big fan of the National League-style of baseball where the pitcher is hitting,” he said. “There’s no hired guns to just go out and smash the ball.

“I know the reasons why the DH is here. It’s to add some offense, and some punch and excitement to a lineup but I think there’s tremendous strategy with the National League and the pitcher hitting.” Torey explains.

Goldy is “The Intimidator”

Well, when he’s in the batter’s box, multiple players in the MLB call him the most intimidating player in the game.

The Athletic conducted a survey of more than 240 baseball players to glean insight into their opinions of peers throughout the league. The anonymous survey asked questions ranging most intimidating hitter to which manager would you want – and not want – to play for, and which ballpark is the most fun to visit.

Goldy is The King of the World, and fathered most of these other MLB players. Of course they are afraid of the belt.

Randy Johnson shares thoughts on modern day starting pitchers.

When a fan asked about the state of starting pitcher’s roles in the modern game during the announcement of the 20th anniversary team, Diamondbacks great Randy Johnson did not hold back.

Around MLB:

Olney: Can the union achieve it’s goals in the social media era?

The union could use social media to inform the players, to provide messaging, to reinforce arguments. Hundreds of unleashed players would be capable of swaying public opinion through their social media posts.

But a handful of tweets from disgruntled players would have the potential to devastate the strategy of Clark and his leadership team, depending on their timing -- because the posts could serve to encourage owners to wait for surrender, and look for more cracks in the players’ united front.

Cubs intervene after adult fan shamelessly steals a baseball from a child.

When first base coach Will (Vegetable) Venable tossed a baseball to a young fan seated in the first row, the ball got away and bounced beneath the seat. That was when a middle-aged man in the second row grabbed the baseball and gleefully handed it to the woman next to him. They all had a laugh at the kid’s expense. It was senselessly inconsiderate.

Latest Zach Britton rumors from traderumors.

1:38pm: There are indeed teams ahead of the Dodgers in Britton talks, per Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, who lists the Astros, Cubs and Red Sox as being “more active” than LA.

SUNDAY, 3:48pm: The Rockies and Brewers are also in the mix, Heyman tweets.

Relievers rate red-hot in baseball trade mart.

The Hand and Familia trades indicate that relief pitching will be the most desired commodity of the contenders. Everybody, it seems, wants to beef up their bullpens – especially in an effort to bridge the gap between starting pitchers and closers.

Umps who made the worst check-swing call in history of mankind suspended for the rest of the season. (Mexican League)

A July 17 baseball game in the Mexican League gave us what might be the single-worst call in baseball history. That phrase is frequently used for hyperbole, but two umpires agreeing that a swinging strike is a ball has to seriously be considered, if only for the pure consistency of how horrific the call is.

Off Topic Snek news:

Meet a professional venom extractor who wrangles the world’s deadliest snakes.

Jim (McLennan) Harrison has lost fingers, gone into a coma and had his heart stop four times – all while doing his job. As a professional venom extractor, Harrison spends his days wrangling the world’s deadliest snakes.

That’s that, bros:

Dbacks go onto Chicago to face the Cubs in a four game series where we will see Corbin pitch game 1 against Luke Farrell of the Cubs. Goldy willing, we shall take the series. Now let us pray.