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Snake Bytes 3/4: Zack is Back

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Zack Godley looked much much better today in his 3 scoreless innings of work.

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Mariners 7, Diamondbacks 3

A much improved Zack Godley was the important silver-lining in a game, which was lost by Shipley and Bracho who are hoping to have a good spring for roster consideration. But it was a sigh of relief that Godley remembered how to pitch in this game. For the D-backs to get anywhere this season, the pitching staff doesn’t need any gaping holes.

Related: Zack Godley’s Strong Start Spoiled

McFarland to Rest Ailing Throwing Shoulder

Inflammation in his left-arm is keeping him out of the bullpen for now. Lovullo claims the injury is not “terribly serious”. McFarland had a great 2018 and actually a decent 2017 if you exempt his horrendously ill-fated start. Now, we just hope this injury is not serious.

Related: How McFarland Became One of the Diamondbacks MVP’s of 2018

Bud Black, Zach Davies, and Robbie Ray on Developing Their Curveballs

A FanGraph articles that looks into curveballs. Writers on the ‘Pit have done a great job chronically Ray’s progression as a pitcher based on an improved curveball. Now it’s all about consistency.

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