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Snake Bytes 7/24: About those Playoff Chances...

Merrill Kelly finally recorded his first big league hit, when he plated the only two Arizona runs in the second inning. Of course, he also gave up seven runs in only 2 1⁄3 innings of work before being pulled from the game.

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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore 7, Arizona 2

This game was over in the third inning. Merrill Melly was knocked around badly, lasting only 2 13 innings, giving up all seven Baltimore runs. On the offensive side of things, the Diamondbacks were stone cold. The only scoring came on Merrill Kelly’s first career hit, a single which plated Jake Lamb and Nick Ahmed in the second inning.

Diamondbacks Loss Continues Uneven Trend

After dropping three of four to the Breers, the Diamondbacks entered the series against Baltimore hoping to right the ship. A strong first game set them on the right track, but then they dropped the ball in spectacular fashion last night.

Merrill Kelly Blasted

That precious little margin for error that has been discussed about Merrill Kelly was in full effect last night. The Right-hander from the KBO has been second only to Zack Greinke in the number of quality starts turned in this season. Outside of those quality starts though, one is likely to find a big clunker like this one.

Bradley Positioning for Upgraded Role

Over the last month, Archie Bradley has been performing better. As a result he may have just pitched his way back into seeing some higher leverage situations.

Greinke Outperforming Massive Salary

Despite the massive salary that Zack Greinke has been hauling in since signing his record-setting deal with Arizona, Zack Greinke’s performance has allowed him to out-perform his earnings. While age will always be a concern regarding the contract, now, in his fourth of six contract seasons, he is having the best year in Sedona Red.

Is a Competitive Dip Inevitable? (The Athletic)

Eight current Diamondbacks – David Peralta, Robbie Ray, Nick Ahmed, Jake Lamb, Steven Souza Jr., Andrew Chafin, Taijuan Walker and T.J. McFarland are all set to hit free agency for the first time at the conclusion of the 2020 season. While the Arizona farm system has improved greatly over the last two years, it is by no means ready to absorb that sort of hit to the parent club.

Former Diamondback favorite, Gerardo Parra is apparently turning into a bit of a favorite in Washington.