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Snake Bytes 8/23: On to Milwaukee

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After a successful series against the Rockies, the Diamondbacks start a series against the Brewers with what small playoff hopes they have hanging in the balance.

Texas Rangers v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Diamondbacks News

(azcentral.com) Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed part of MLB’s shortstop revolution

Most of baseball’s greatest hitters have been outfielders or corner infielders, a glaring trend that still exists today (See: Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Kris Bryant etc.). But shortstops, players often regarded as defensive specialists, are charting better numbers offensively than they have in recent memory.

(Arizona Sports) MLB.com writer: D-backs wild card hopes hinge on Robbie Ray’s recovery

Get well soon, Robbie Ray. Your health is imperative for the Arizona Diamondbacks if they hope to continue fighting in the loaded National League Wild Card race, Richard Justice of MLB.com writes.

(azcentral.com) 4 Arizona Diamondbacks players have already set career highs for home runs this season

Sure, I’ll go ahead and include this, because, really? What is a Snake Bytes article without a discussion about either a new stadium or the juiced ball :-)

(Associated Press/Star Tribune) Milwaukee opens 3-game series at home against Arizona

The Brewers are 36-26 on their home turf. Milwaukee has hit 203 home runs this season, seventh in the National League. Christian Yelich leads the club with 41, averaging one every 10.5 at-bats.

MLB News

(The Baltimore Sun) Judge upholds arbitration ruling that Orioles owed Nationals $296.8 million in MASN TV rights dispute

In the latest installment of one of the more interesting non-baseball stories to come out of MLB in the past few years, a judge once again rules that the Orioles owe the Nationals a huge sum of money, due to a dispute over how the profits from MASN are to be shared between the two teams. If you haven’t been following this is a great article from Fangraphs and Sheryl Ring from earlier this year about the whole thing.

(East Bay Times) How these plucky A’s have seized the big moment against baseball’s best

In four games against the Houston Astros, three — with the finale Thursday — against the New York Yankees, two more to cap a four-game Bay Bridge series against the San Francisco Giants, the A’s undeniably look to be playing their best baseball of 2019.

(LA Times) Can the Dodgers win a World Series with Kenley Jansen continuing to struggle as their closer?

“For the first time in his major-league career, a decade-long period of stable excellence, Kenley Jansen was booed at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The fans, after years of cascading the closer with cheers, flipped their tone when they watched Jansen surrender a tying home run to Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez. It was the latest installment in an unsettling season for the former All-Star. The dissent had been building up. It boiled over Wednesday.”

I’m gonna go with, God I hope not!