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Snake Bytes 7/19: Mooooooom! The Bullpen’s broken again!

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MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Arizona Diamondbacks Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recaps

( Late surge by Brewers erases strong outing by Diamondbacks’ Merrill Kelly

When Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Merrill Kelly sat down after tossing seven innings, he felt good about his performance and the fact that the game was tied. However, a late surge by the Brewers quickly washed that away, as Milwaukee went on to win 5-1 at Chase Field on Thursday.

( Brewers 5, Diamondbacks 1: Pitchers’ duel ends with three-run rally off Arizona’s bullpen

For seven innings, the game was a pitcher’s duel between the Brewers’ Zach Davies, making his 100th career start, and Arizona’s Merrill Kelly, signed after four years in the Korean Baseball Organization. They kept the respective offenses in check, resulting in a 1-1 game entering the eighth.

Diamondbacks News

(Baseball America) Arizona Diamondbacks 2019 Top 30 MLB Prospects Midseason Update

The D-backs still have the feel of a farm system on the rise, but some of their more advanced prospects hit speed bumps in the first half of 2019 and many of their prospects with the highest upsides reside at the lower levels, making them riskier and likely several years away. (Paywall)

(Arizona Sports) A look at why D-backs OF Tim Locastro is a hit-by-pitch machine

Locastro might be leaning in a bit, but it’s not an adjustment that occurs as the pitch is coming toward him. Locastro doesn’t really adjust at all. He just does what any other batter does when a pitch isn’t headed for them — stands in the box and attempts to hit the ball.

( MLB trade rumors: Momentum grows for Arizona Diamondbacks to be MLB trade deadline buyers

Is anyone else getting whiplash from how quickly the big news sources are changing their minds on this topic?

MLB News

( MLB trade deadline: Top 10 pitchers who could be dealt by July 31, including Noah Syndergaard and Robbie Ray

Robbie Ray has one of the most effective sliders in baseball, a high-grade offering that opponents have batted .184 against on the season while missing on more than 40 percent of their swings. Unfortunately, he also has subpar command, leading to inflated walk and home-run rates. There’s a lot of volatility in his game as a result. With a year of team control remaining, any acquiring team could be hoping he’d be “on” for more of those starts than not.

(CBS Sports) The business behind MLB expansion: Portland, Montreal and Raleigh taking different approaches to landing a team

Baseball has since added six teams without venturing farther outside the continental U.S. than Canada. The last round of expansion, more than 20 years old, resulted in the creation of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now just Rays). It seems unlikely baseball will go two more decades without adding -- especially since the National Football League and, as planned for 2021, the National Hockey League have each expanded to 32 teams during the interim period. Baseball’s conditions would appear sub-optimal for expansion. There are countless issues to reckon with, including the potential for a work stoppage in the coming years. The similarities between where baseball is now and where it was in the ‘60s, when the league decided the more the merrier, suggests the possibility shouldn’t be overlooked.