[D’backs.com] D-backs dealt another frustrating loss - Make it four losses in a row and eight of their last eleven. The Diamondbacks have poorly timed their worst play of the season, and now trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by one game and the Colorado Rockies by a game and a half in the division standings.
[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks’ offense musters two runs in loss to Padres - Arizona had a golden opportunity to correct course on Labor Day. The Dodgers were defeated by the lowly New York Mets. San Diego sent Bryan Mitchell to the mound for the first time since June 5th. He owned an ERA north of 7, yet Arizona managed only a measly two hits off of him over five innings. But please Steven Souza Jr., tell me how the offense isn’t the problem. It must be the challenging competition you’ve had to face.
“I keep talking about just being patient, remembering certain pitches aren’t meant to be hit, and some are,” Lovullo said. “We’ve just got to apply the basic concepts of going up there and being ourselves, having quality at-bats and handing off to the next guy. This is a group of guys — they’ve done it before, they’ve done it this year at times, it just hasn’t obviously been as consistent as we’ve seen it.”
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks’ patience wearing thin as offensive drought endures in 4th straight loss - Zack Godley surrendered only two hits, but both of them were home runs from Franmil Reyes. What the heck is a Franmil anyways? His first shot was a three run blast to right center, and the second a solo shot to left center. That was more than sufficient in putting away an anemic Arizona offense.
“I lost my focus there for the first three hitters of the second inning,” Godley said after the game. “They made me pay for it. Reyes put two really good swings on two pitches and that was the difference for me.”
[D’backs.com] RHP Lopez called up by D-backs - Can the D’backs receive any positive value from either of their Cuban prospects signed during the Dave Stewart Era? Yoan Lopez is going to receive his audition in this final month. Lopez represented the World Team in the Futures Game earlier this summer, and owned a 2.92 ERA for the AA Jackson Generals.
“I think he’s learned how to pitch over the past couple of seasons and has been lights out,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “So he is maturing into what we had hoped and it’s a credit to him for all the hard work he’s put in. How we’re going to use him? I’m not sure. We’ll try to give him a soft landing, but he’s here to contribute, he’s here to get the baseball and he’s going to go out and get a chance to perform and hopefully get some really big outs for us.”
[Arizona Sports] D-backs should feel insulted, defiant as they face impending disaster - I made the choice to spend my Labor Day off of work down at Chase Field. It’s difficult to put into words the disappointment I felt in the stands as I watched the Diamondbacks lie down and die against the Padres. The trek back home from the stadium gave me time to reflect on the season as it draws nearer to its end. It reminds me of August of last season when I wondered what the true identity of the was back then. Except that feeling is worse this time around. The team we watched on the field in April almost appears to be a distant memory. Those Diamondbacks looked as if they would bury all the other teams in the division and take it by storm. I don’t believe I would feel as disappointed by these struggles had this team not been in first for the majority of the season. I’ve put up with enough losing seasons as a fan of this team to not have it negatively impact my mood when it’s expected. However, playoff hopeful seasons have been so few and far between it almost feels as if this one is just being given away. In other words, it hurts to have high hopes not met (this season) compared to having expectations exceeded (last season). There is still plenty of time left in 2018, but the window is rapidly closing.
Around the League
[MLB.com] Power Rankings: Who’s primed for final stretch? - This past week couldn’t have gone any worse. D’backs round out the top 10 in MLB.com’s poll. CBS Sports has them outside of that group at #11. Bleacher Report knocked Arizona all the way down to #14.
[The Sportster] Every MLB Team’s 2018 Uniform, Officially Ranked - Argue in the comments or something. Take my mind off of the nightmare that has been the last week. How are pinstripes and plain uniforms appealing anymore?
[Sports Illustrated] The Shame of MLB’s Anti-Labor, Anti-Competitive “Service Time” Rules - The Players Union has to do a better job negotiating with the league when the Collective Bargaining Agreement is up for discussion again. Minor league players are having their service time manipulated so their teams gain an extra year of control. Can’t say I blame front offices for operating within the boundaries that have been negotiated with the union, but the definitions on service time need to be reviewed as to become mutually beneficial to all parties involved.