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Archie Bradley didn’t do so great after being granted his first start in a couple of years. Zack Godley got some innings, but still not so good.

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Nationals 15, Diamondbacks 5

Archie Bradley and Zack Godley were so instrumental in the playoff run a couple of years ago. That’s why this hurts so much. Archie only got 4 outs in his start, giving up 4 runs in the process after the D-backs opened the game with a lead. Zack Godley is apparently only useful in chewing up innings in blowouts. How far they have fallen I suppose. The D-backs did have a successful road trip with a 7-3 record, they are in the thick of it for a wild card spot still.

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A fun article. What did Zack Greinke do with his Cy Young trophy? Before reading the answer, this is a fun one to guess. I’m sure it was an annoyance for him to have to accept that award. All that publicity to deal with. Interviews. Notoriety. I almost wonder if he signed with the D-backs specifically for the lack of interest in the team in the national media.

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I think we are running ideas on this one.

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Almost forgot about the dude. Maybe he can reinvent himself as a starting pitcher to solve more pressing needs than playing first base against right-handed pitchers.

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This is one area that gives us some optimism. A +58 run differential would imply being 11 games over .500 if baseball was fair. It’s a long season, if they can keep those ratios up, perhaps something special will happen when the numbers even out.

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With only 2.5 years left on his big contract and pitching so well right now, yes the D-backs could get something substantial for him perhaps. But that would basically be giving up on this year’s team and possibly next year. He’s clearly the best player on the team, keeping this team in the race.

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