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Snake Bytes 4/27: Westward Bound

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But they were doing so well on the road.

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Arizona Diamondbacks News

[MLB.com] Players of the Week: García, Tatis, MadBum - Fernando Tatis Jr. and Madison Bumgarner were named National League Co-Players of the Week on Monday, and Adolis García was named the American League Player of the Week. Bumgarner, meanwhile, tossed a complete-game victory in the second game of a seven-inning doubleheader against Atlanta without allowing a single hit. The D-backs lefty struck out seven in the game. Bumgarner’s performance came after Zac Gallen pitched a one-hitter in the first game of the doubleheader. The D-backs became the first team to ever allow one total hit or fewer in a doubleheader, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

[AZ Central] Arizona Diamondbacks’ no-name roster ‘coming together’ after successful trip - Before their series began on Friday afternoon, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker was asked about seeing the Diamondbacks for the first time in almost two years. “I looked at the roster and I don’t know a lot of them,” Snitker said. “There’s a lot of guys I really haven’t heard of.” Snitker probably isn’t alone in the baseball world with that assessment, but that anonymity won’t last if the Diamondbacks continue to play the way they did on their just-completed road trip, on which they went 7-3 on stops in Washington, Cincinnati and Atlanta. It was a trip that will be remembered for the way it ended, with Madison Bumgarner one-upping Zac Gallen in a performance that was dominant on the field and controversial off it. But, for the Diamondbacks, the past two weeks might also be viewed as a jumping off point.

[The Athletic] No-hitter or not, Madison Bumgarner and the Diamondbacks are in a heck of a groove - An unhittable Bumgarner is a tremendous development for the Diamondbacks, but what’s remarkable is that it’s only one of many things that are going right for Arizona these days. Their offense is missing Ketel Marte and Christian Walker, yet has scored 62 runs over the last 10 games. Kelly and Eduardo Escobar have remained hot. David Peralta and Nick Ahmed have become unstuck. Pavin Smith has transformed from a first baseman and disappointing first-round pick to a leadoff-hitting center fielder. Similarly, a quartet of young infielders — Rojas, Josh VanMeter, Andrew Young and Wyatt Mathisen — have stepped up. Entering spring training, it seemed as if there would be regular playing time for only one of those four. The Diamondbacks have needed all of them, and all of them have answered the call. Arizona went 7-3 on its road trip and returns home having climbed back to 11-11 for the season.

Around the League

[MLB.com] Ohtani: 9 K’s, 3 runs scored, 2 RBIs, W, history - Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani made more history on Monday night, becoming the first player in nearly 100 years to start a game on the mound while also entering the day leading the Majors in home runs. Ohtani struggled with his command early and gave up four runs in the first, but he settled down on the mound and helped his own cause at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and the right-hander struck out nine over five innings. Ohtani was again the star in a 9-4 victory, picking up his first win since May 20, 2018.

[NBC Sports] Jeff Bridich steps down as general manager of Rockies - Jeff Bridich is stepping down as general manager of the Colorado Rockies, ending a tumultuous tenure that included two playoff appearances and a falling out with Nolan Arenado that ultimately led to the star third baseman’s offseason trade. The Rockies announced Monday that the decision was a mutual agreement with Bridich, who was in his seventh season as GM. The team will appoint an interim general manager for the rest of the season before launching a search following the postseason. Bridich said in a statement that he recently had a conversation with owner Dick Monfort and newly appointed team president Greg Feasel about the team’s future. “It became abundantly clear that ushering in a new leadership structure is critically important,” Bridich said. “With that in mind we arrived at this decision to part ways, and ultimately it will be what is best for the Rockies and for me. Change can be a great thing for an organization and for the individuals who comprise it. Dick has a clear vision for the Rockies, and after nearly seven seasons as General Manager I believe it is time for someone else to help lead that vision.”

[FanGraphs] Are Pitchers Getting Better at Holding Their Velocity? - More than anything else, I’ll remember Carlos Rodón’s no-hitter for how it ended. Not when he hit Roberto Pérez in the foot — that was no fun, but perfect games end on nonsense all the time — but because he threw harder as the game went on, topping out at 99 mph on his 110th pitch of the game. It’s all the more impressive when you consider that he started the game in the low 90s. Pitchers losing velocity as the game goes on is a phenomenon as old as baseball itself. That’s just how it works; throwing a pitch requires a ton of physical effort, and doing it 100 times will wear you down. If you’ve ever done repetitions of anything in your life, you can empathize. Rodón laughs at that fact of life, in a way that I think of as Justin Verlander-esque, and I was curious whether other pitchers follow the same pattern, particularly after Jacob deGrom popped a casual 101 mph fastball in the seventh inning of his latest start.