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Snake Bytes: Rounding the final corner

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The Diamondbacks head into a seven game road trip, where the fate of the season hangs in the balance.

Scarborough Downs Staff photo by Ben McCanna/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The Diamondbacks have managed to reach the point in the season where every game matters. Not ever team gets to say that, and not every fanbase gets to experience that. Especially not teams and fanbases that saw four cornerstone players leave in a six month period. What would happen to the Dodgers if they lost Bellinger, Seager, Kershaw, and Bueller? The Astros losing Verlander, Cole, Bergman, and Altuve? Most teams would go full teardown. Some of us wanted them to go full teardown. But they didn’t. They found a way to be relevant with 22 games left in the season. Will they get a playoff berth? My gut still says no, but next year? Well, let’s just say I’m not going to be planning any October vacations. In the meantime, let’s enjoy this season, because it’s a hell of a lot better than we had any right to expect going into it.

Diamondbacks News

(Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks to extend Chase Field safety netting farther in 2020

In a common sense, risk management move, a business decides to lower the likelihood of their customers dying, while simultaneously increasing the number of people able to enjoy their most expensive products.

(azcentral.com) Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta optimistic about next year after ‘frustrating’ season

Peralta said he tried a variety of things with his swing mechanics, anything to unlock more production. He spent hours in the trainers’ room undergoing treatment. He was never able to get his shoulder and/or swing back to where it needed to be for him to be the hitter he was before the injury.

(azcentral.com) Arizona Diamondbacks’ playoff push quietly among MLB’s best stories, Ken Rosenthal says

“I’m really impressed by what they have done all season long off the field and on the field with (Eduardo) Escobar and (Ketel) Marte and just the way they have kept at it,” Rosenthal said. “It’s been one of the better stories of the season.”

MLB News

(The Chicago Tribune) Ben Zobrist reaches base 5 times and Kyle Schwarber hits a grand slam as the Cubs open a 4-game series vs. the Brewers with a 10-5 win

The Cubs offense exploded to get the half game back the Dbacks had just made up.

(The Washington Post) Ervin’s 11th-inning homer lifts Reds over Phillies 4-3

On the flip side, the Phillies’ loss lets the Diamondbacks move into sole possession of the first spot on the outside looking in

(The Miami Herald) He struck out his brother and earned the win. Brian Moran’s MLB debut one for record books

Brian and Colin Moran became the first siblings in MLB history to face each other in a pitcher-batter scenario with one of the brothers making his debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They’re the seventh set of siblings overall to be on opposing teams when one brother is making his debut.