The Arizona offense sputtered. Nolan Arenado made a pair of plays great plays on back-to-back batters in Arizona’s best attempt to mount a rally. Carson Kelly had a rough night behind the plate with an interference call and a ball that popped free of his glove to go along with being unable to block a pitch that bounced high off the plate when Merrill Kelly spiked a pitch. Merrill Kelly hit a brick wall in the sixth. The game was about as ugly as the score.
David Peralta’s RBI fielder’s choice was the only offense the team was able to muster against their division rivals.
Colorado putting up a four-spot in the sixth and then tackin on two more in the seventh was far more than they needed. They would have still won if they had never added to their two-run first inning tally.
Is it the humidor? The artificial turf? A combination of both? Is there something in the water? Whatever the issue is, the Diamondbacks’ offense has not been good at home and it is starting to cost them.
The Diamondbacks will need a fifth starter for the game on 26 June against the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are also their opponents the next time they will need a fifth starter. With the two games against the lowly Giants being combined with off-days and the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks have a few weeks before they need to find a more lasting solution for a fifth starter. Hopefully, it doesn’t take that long, but by then, Jon Duplantier may also return to the rotation.
Arizona will need to solve its troubles with Colorado and find a stable solution for their fifth stater slot if they want to stay in the race for much longer.
Ketel Marte’s 5-year/$24 million contract is looking like a steal now that the young up-the-middle utility player is having a breakout season.
The Diamondbacks have come to terms with their first pick of the 2019 draft for full slot value.
The Diamondbacks earn their reputation as one of the better defensive teams in baseball by having three representatives on the list, David Peralta, Zack Greinke, and of course, Nick Ahmed.
Dissecting the first known intentional balk.
Matt Carpenter Beats the Shift
With an exit velocity of 38 mph, Matt Carpenter took advantage of yet another questionable decision by the LOL Marlins.