Mike Leake continued his improvement, pitching into the seventh inning. The D-backs were supported by MVP candidate Ketel Marte, still hard to believe how good he has been this year, who hit a home run in the fifth inning. After Leake’s exit however, it took six relievers to get six outs and the game was lost. The Cubs lost as well, but now the Brewers are back where the Diamondbacks are in the Wild Card hunt. Last time the Diamondbacks lost a tough one to the Dodgers, they just started a new streak. Time to repeat that effort.
Is Marte the new Goldy? Showed promised, signed a team friendly long-term deal and is now crushing it. His numbers are arguably better than Goldy at his best plus, plus he can play multiple positions in the middle of the field. Now he just needs a nickname, Marty? That might not work as well as Goldy.
Merrill Kelly starts the four-game series in NY against Jacob deGrom and the Mets. Kelly hasn’t been spectacular this year, but he pitches every fifth day which has been indispensable. Hopefully, he can build off his last great start.
The D-backs have several affiliates making the September playoffs. Does it matter? Maybe it does for players needing rehab. Besides, prospects need some high pressure work and towns like Visalia need something to do other than marvel at giant trees.
This FanGraphs article explains the mystery of it all.
The Wild Card race is heating up, the D-backs are rising and many teams are involved. Should be a fun finish this year.