Even during the inconsistency, the Diamondbacks have had one player that has carried the team on his back since Opening Day, and it’s not who most people would think of right away. Outfielder David Peralta has been the difference in Arizona’s place in the standings this late in the season, and the club has a lot to thank him for during the rough times.
The D-backs’ 108 defensive runs saved (DRS) as of Thursday is the most by a team in a single season since Sports Info Solutions began recording the statistic in 2003. That surpassed the 2016 Chicago Cubs, who over their regular season tallied 107 defensive runs saved.
Buchholz, who will turn 34 on Tuesday, has made 10 starts with the Diamondbacks and is 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 57 innings. He didn’t give up more than one run in a start until his fourth outing with the club on June 6.
Hernandez is a completely unknown quantity as a relief pitcher, as he has started all 398 of his career Major League games, and last appeared as a reliever when he was a 19-year-old phenom pitching at the Triple-A level in 2005.
We’re holding out hope it’s not too serious,” Roberts said. “In talking to the trainer right now, his mood is fine.”
Roberts didn’t know whether the team would make a roster move in Jansen’s absence. Los Angeles plays three more games at Coors Field before returning home.
“They’ve got all these super nerds in the front office that know nothing about baseball but they like to project numbers and project players. ... I think it’s killing the game. It’s to the point where just put computers out there. Just put laptops and what have you, just put them out there and let them play. We don’t even need to go out there anymore. It’s a joke.”
Off Topic Snake News:
Officially ring-necked snakes (Diadophis punctatus), the diminutive reptiles are very commonly found in the northern Virginia region, particularly in moist areas, including river floodplains. Completely harmless to humans, they rarely grow bigger than the size of a pen.