[D’backs.com] D-backs, Phillies set MLB record with 13 homers - A whopping thirteen home runs were hit between Arizona and Philadelphia last night setting a new MLB record. Arizona broke a franchise record for most dingers in a single game with eight. Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte, and David Peralta led off the game with back-to-back-to back home runs. The game snowballed from there.
“It was just good to get it going,” [Jarrod] Dyson said. “Leading off with a homer set the tone and guys came behind me and did the same thing. We’ve been swinging some good bats lately and we’re just trying to continue it. We’re just trying to get a good pitch to hit. That’s the goal, that’s the gameplan when we get in the box. We know that’s a great ballclub over there, and we’re just trying to come out and give our pitcher a little cushion.”
[Arizona Sports] Eight is great: D-backs go homer happy in win over Phillies - Eduardo Escobar, Ildemaro Vargas, and Scott Kingery each hit two home runs. I’m going to go ahead and put it out there that Kevin Cron would have hit a ball all the way to Mars had he played the entire game.
[AZ Central] Zack Godley’s hot streak in relief continues in win over Phillies - Ironically enough, Zack Godley was the most effective pitcher of the game. He allowed zero home runs, or runs at all, over 3 2⁄3 innings. Coming out of the bullpen he has the luxury of being able to go right after hitters, and although his mechanics still need work he’s had better results in relief.
“I think it’s just one of those things that as the season has progressed and I’m being able to get off the mound more and being able to continue to learn and build on stuff, I think that’s the biggest thing.” - Zack Godley
[AZ Central] Zack Greinke trade rumors: Arizona Diamondbacks ace ‘makes sense’ for St. Louis Cardinals - We have seen, and will continue to see, plenty of trade speculation surrounding Zack Greinke during his tenure here. He would undoubtedly improve any rotation in the league as he ages like a fine wine. His sizeable contract and no trade clause are obstacles to a potential trade, but it’s not as if the D’backs are under any obligation to trade him.
[AZ Central] David Peralta trade rumors: Arizona Diamondbacks OF a ‘nice fit’ with Oakland Athletics - Alrighty then somebody wanted to discuss all the potential trade candidates. David Peralta is another player that may bring a decent but not tremendous return. He is controllable through next season, but is on the wrong side of 30 years old. Peralta has emerged as an offensive star in the abscence of Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock. I have my doubts that Mike Hazen moves a player of Peralta’s magnitude if the return is not guaranteed to improve the long term outlook of the team with near MLB ready talent. Arizona’s GM has shown an aversion to a full scale teardown and rebuild.
Around the League
[ESPN] Power Rankings: In race for No. 1, Astros, Dodgers fend off new rivals - The power rankings currently mean relatively little because two handfuls of teams are hovering around .500. That’s a lot of teams hoping to go on a tear shortly to take control of a wild card spot and still others who will be selling by the deadline. Arizona is currently at #18 at ESPN, but that might change after this road trip. The D’backs are up to #12 per CBS Sports. Yahoo Sports also has the snakes at #12. Bleacher Report lists Arizona at #16. They top out at #11 per The Athletic.
[Yahoo Sports] Red Sox flying Ortiz to Boston after shooting caused organ damage - The Boston Red Sox utilized their team plane to fly David Ortiz from the Dominican Republic back to Boston. Once he arrived, a motorcade escorted him to a local hospital. Surgeons had to remove portions of his intestines, colon, and gallbladder after he was shot in the back on Sunday night.
[CBS Sports] Dallas Keuchel’s first outing in the Braves organization was dominant - One good start in single A and Dall Keuchel is already in midseason form? An overreaction? I thought we only heard that phrase during Spring Training?
[MLB.com] New metric measures best outfielder ‘jumps’ - There is a lot to unpack here for those of you who aren’t familiar or comfortable with Baseball Savant. You’ve been warned. Defensive metrics have left plenty to be desired and their reliability has been debated because of it. Baseball Savant has just published a new resource for evaluating defenders in their jump, reaction, and burst. Without making your head spin, the easiest way to conceptualize it is what Nick Ahmed does at the shortstop position. I know I’m using him as a shortstop to describe outfielders, but hang in here with me. Think of how many difficult plays that he makes boring and routine. That doesn’t mean they aren’t great plays. He’s so good at what he does defensively, his reactions, his arm strength, his transfer speed, and foot work all come together to make him one of the best shortstops in the game and make incredible plays appear to be easy. Outfielders are capable of that too with proper jumps and efficient route running. That is what this new tool attempts to quantify.