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Snake Bytes 9/27: Finality

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We’re down to the final game of a frustrating season for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Arizona Diamondbacks 3, Colorado Rockies 10

[D’backs.com] As ‘20 nears end, D-backs’ Hall eyes future - As the 2020 season winds down to its final day for the D-backs, the discussions are only beginning in the front office. Saturday night’s 10-3 loss to the Rockies at Chase Field dropped the D-backs to 24-35, a far cry from where they planned on being when the 60-game regular season opened with much optimism on July 24 in San Diego. It is now guaranteed that Arizona will finish in fifth place in the National League West. As for what next year will look like for the D-backs, that’s what the team’s front office will spend the weeks ahead trying to figure out. Part of that will involve managing general partner Ken Kendrick and team president/CEO Derrick Hall sitting down with general manager Mike Hazen and his staff. “We’re going to have to spend the next couple of weeks really looking at what went sideways this season and how we can get back on track,” Hall said. “It’s been a disappointing season, obviously, for everybody, including the front office and ownership, as it has been for the players and coaches, because our expectations were so high.”

[Arizona Sports] Luke Weaver hits roadblock in middle innings as D-backs fall to Rockies - Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Luke Weaver cruised early in the game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday night at Chase Field but struggled the second time through the lineup as the D-backs fell to the Rockies, 10-3. In the first three innings of Weaver’s final start of the 2020 season, he only allowed two hits and no runs while striking out four on 47 pitches, 31 strikes. The wheels fell off the bus in the fourth inning and fifth inning, however, as Weaver gave up five runs on five hits in the two frames as his pitch count swelled to 90. Elias Diaz knocked in two runs with a home run, while Daniel Murphy and Raimel Tapia each picked up RBI singles. Charlie Blackmon scored Tapia on a sacrifice fly for the fifth Rockies run against Weaver. The final line for Weaver reads five runs allowed – four earned – on seven hits in five innings while striking out six and walking none.

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks assured last place in NL West after loss to Rockies - The Diamondbacks’ year will come to a close after their finale on Sunday afternoon. Manager Torey Lovullo did not sound sure what to make of this. His team has been playing better of late — Saturday’s loss snapped a four-game win streak — but he seems ready to digest this season and move on to the next. “My dad used to tell me, ‘You’re laughing and you should be crying,’” Lovullo said. “Sometimes, I don’t know if I should be laughing or crying with what we’ve walked through.”

[The Athletic] Arizona CEO Derrick Hall on payroll, the pandemic and what went awry this year - “I think it’s far-fetched. For 2021, our revenues will not be at that level. I mean, even if we are without restriction, I think our revenues are still going to take a bit of a hit, which is natural as part of this recovery. I think it’ll be reflected in the payroll a bit. But we have to have those conversations. I know we have an ownership group that likes to push the envelope as far as we possibly can. We’re lucky to have that. I may have managing general partner Ken Kendrick and general partner Jeff Royer say, “No, let’s do it. Let’s get payroll back up if we do have no restrictions on fans here.” But we haven’t gotten there. This week, we’ll start meeting with Ken and myself and the baseball staff and we’ll have meetings for the next several weeks to see where we’re going. But they, too, are going to be on hold until we have a better grip on where this thing is going.” -Derrick Hall regarding payroll

Around the League

[NBC Sports] Robbie Grossman says 60-game season is most exhausting of MLB career - The 60-game 2020 MLB season, on paper, appeared as if it would breeze by. That’s not the case, at least not for A’s outfielder Robbie Grossman. “I think this has been physically and mentally the hardest season I’ve ever been a part of in the big leagues — not even close,” Grossman said after the A’s 12-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. Despite the A’s loss in the second game of the doubleheader, Grossman had his first career multi-home run game. It’s been a grind, he said, even after losing both of the games, he was exhausted. “I just think it’s baseball,” Grossman said. “Look, we’ve played I don’t know how many games in the last month and I think we’re at the last game tomorrow and everyone is just looking forward to getting in the playoffs and getting that second wind.”

[Yahoo Sports] Giants lose control of MLB playoff destiny with ‘frustrating’ defeat - The Giants caught a huge break a few hours before their opener at Dodger Stadium in July when MLB decided to expand the postseason, giving a lifeline to teams who might finish, say a dozen games out of first place over 60 games and also well behind, say, the Padres in their division. But two months later, they’re not going to get any help if they want a return trip to Dodger Stadium. They’re not going to back into this thing, taking advantage of the expanded field and a league that’s top-heavy. After two lackluster performances in 24 hours, the Giants are going to need to win Sunday if they want any hope of a first-round matchup with the Dodgers. A large part of that was locked into place Friday, when the Giants melted down in Game 2 of a doubleheader. They doubled down Saturday, with a costly baserunning mistake and another poorly timed rough outing from a reliever standing out in a 6-2 loss.

[ESPN] Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout: ‘We gotta get to the playoffs’ - The Los Angeles Angels were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, which means that in nine full seasons in the major leagues, Mike Trout — considered by many the game’s greatest player for most, if not all, of those seasons — has made the playoffs only once. “The biggest thing is getting to the playoffs,” Trout said Saturday, moments before the second game of a three-game series against the crosstown Los Angeles Dodgers. “You guys all see it. I see it. It sucks being out of it. It’s time. We gotta get to the playoffs.” Trout made the playoffs in 2014, when the Angels suffered a first-round sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals. The 2020 season will now mark the fifth consecutive time his Angels have finished with a losing record, even though the offseason additions of manager Joe Maddon and third baseman Anthony Rendon had many believing the team might contend for a championship.