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
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.
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.
I hate to admit it, but I usually go out of my way to attend games with giveaways. Some of them are quite decent. Apparently a “Starting Figure” of the great Randy Johnson will be distributed on the May 18th game to commemorate his perfect game. The best part about these giveaways, is the crowds are bigger with a bit more energy.
This Shoenfield article claims it should be David Peralta. He might actually have a point. At least the national media might have to acknowledge his existence.
A nicely written article on Venom Bites that explores how the new big contracts are more front-loaded now than they were in the past. Pros and cons to that debate.