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Snake Bytes 4/29: Pitching Routed

The Dad’s came back with a vengeance and made our starter and bullpen pay

MLB: San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks News:

Riley Smith got the start today after being recalled from the training site. In the Brute Side Chat both Keegan and I predicted a great game for Smith, and the Dbacks winning with momentum behind them. BOY.... WE WERE HELLA WRONG, son. Smith pitched 4 frames, which isn't bad for someone not entirely stretched out, but the results were not fabulous as he got jammed up in the beginning of the 5th inning. 6 hits, 3 earned runs and ZERO strikeouts - no bueno. Then our boy J.B.B got the ball but got no where - he was unable to record a single out, gave up 4 hits and 3 earned runs. That was it for J.B.B. Alex Young was forced to come in and show everyone how it’s done and get the team out of the top of the 5th. From there....well, lets just say by the middle of the 9th Asdrubral Cabrera was on the mound throwing heat.

Dbacks 3, Padres 12.

On a positive note, Ahmed, who has been struggling lately, did have a couple of hits and a couple of RBIs

Governor signs bill to finance Chase Field improvements

From the article: The legislation signed Wednesday was requested by the Diamondbacks to advance the team’s years-long quest to finance changes to Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix. The legislation allows for a 9% tax on all sales in the stadium and a hotel the team could build on the property. It also gives the Diamondbacks access to low-interest bonds. Revenue from the sales tax would pay off the bonds.


Is the 9% tax on all sales in the stadium and hotel a favorable choice to realize Chase Field improvements?

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Dbacks place Widener, Calhoun on 10 day IL

From the article: Calhoun suffered a left hamstring strain during the Diamondbacks’ win over the Padres on Tuesday, forcing him to leave early. This will already be the second IL stint of 2021 for Calhoun - Widener’s heading to the shelf with a right groin strain, retroactive to April 25. The 26-year-old is tied for second on the Diamondbacks in starts (four) this season and has pitched to a 2.82 ERA with a 6.5 percent walk rate through 22 1/3 innings. However, Widener’s fielding-independent numbers – including a 4.52 SIERA, 4.73 FIP and 4.75 xFIP – aren’t as encouraging.

Baseball News:

Fans crushed by MLB umpire Marty Foster over his jaw-droppingly bad interference call

Featuring Diamondback’s Legend, Zack Godley:

The Giant’s roatation is one of Baseball’s unlikeliest success stories

From the article: This is a very San Francisco Giants pitching staff. They strike out hitters at only an average rate, but balance that by doing a good job limiting walks. The starters also rank second in HR/9 (0.64), as spacious Oracle Park has helped to curtail the team’s HR/FB rate (8.9%, second-lowest in the majors) and the pitchers themselves have done their part to keep the ball out of the air in general (51.5% GB rate, the highest in the bigs). Limit free passes, force hitters to put the ball on the ground, and minimize the risk of fly balls clearing the fence, and you’re doing a lot of things that are going to make a pitching staff successful.

Expansion Fees for MLB teams could rise to $2.2 Billion range

From the article: Colorado and Miami paid $95 million each to join in 1993, and Arizona and Tampa Bay paid $130 million to join in 1998.

Manfred has said repeatedly that MLB will not consider expansion until the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays get new ballparks.

Snek Byte:

Snake slitters out from under hood onto windshield of moving truck