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Snake Bytes: 5/19 - That’ll Do

Despite a momentary hiccup with one out in the fifth, Corbin Martin acquitted himself admirably in his Diamondbacks debut.

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Arizona 1, Los Angeles 9

Don’t let the score fool you. This was actually a competitive game until the bottom of the seventh when the Kevin Ginkel came in and had a poor outing, even by Kevin Ginkel standards. Corbin Martin made his Diamondbacks debut and pitched admirably. The offense was tied into knots by Julio Urias. That will happen when 5/8 of the team’s starting position players are on the IL and the team is forced to send out a lineup of second-string lefties to face one of the game’s best left-handed starters.

Corbin Martin Impresses in Debut

Corbin Martin was thrown into the deep end of the pool to make his long-awaited debut as a Diamondback. It is difficult to image there is a much harder landing spot for him to have encountered than against the Dodgers, in Chavez Ravine, against a lefty-stacked lineup. It didn’t much matter. Through 4.1 innings, Martin had allowed only one run on two hits. A bit of tough luck had him leaving the game after five full innings, having allowed three runs on four hits.

Martin Makes AZ Debut, Makes Strong Start in LA

Two pitches into his outing, Corbin Martin surrendered a homerun to straight-away center field. The shot came off the bat of Mookie Betts. There is no shame in getting booked booked by Betts. By the end of Betts’ career, Martin will be one of over a hundred names in the book. After that shot, Martin settled in, allowing only one hit in 4.1 innings of work. A one-out single in the fifth by Max Muncy, followed by an absolute bomb off the bat of Chris Taylor put some crooked numbers on Martin’s final line for the night, three earned runs on four hits and four walks through five innings. Even a modicum of help by his offense (or some more judicious use of the bullpen by Lovullo) might have made all the difference. Despite taking the loss and getting tagged for two home euns, Martin showed he belongs in a Major League starting rotation.

AZ Offense Scoring Despite Injuries

Last night notwithstanding, Josh Inman takes a good look at how Arizona’s offense has managed to keep scoring despite more than half the expected starters residing on the IL and the team being forced to stick with a lineup that is heavily left-handed.

With Weaver Hurt and Martin Up, Time to Test Pitching Depth (The Athletic)

That Corbin Martin is pitching in the Majors at all at this point should give some sort of clue to just how badly the Diamondbacks are having their player depth challenged. Now that Martin has arrived though, it’s time to let the some of the new blood play.

Other Baseball News

Spencer Turnbull Tosses No-No

Detroit Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull threw MLB’s fifth no-hitter of the 2021 season. It was Detroit’s first no-no in a decade. Coming off of leading the Majors in losses in 2019, this is a significant turnaround for Turnbull. Given just how poorly the Tigers are performing this season, it isn’t hard to imagine that this outing may be the best performance of the season for any player on the team in 2021.

Old Man Yells at Cloud in Chicago

If not for Turnbull’s no-no, this off the field incident by a non-player would likely have remained the biggest story in baseball yesterday. White Sox manager, Tony La Russa, is doing everything he can to lose the faith and support of his clubhouse on the south side of Chicago. Despite having the best record in the Majors, La Russa still cannot seem to be satisfied with how his dynamic, young, fan-favourite talent is playing. On Monday night, the White Sox faced the division rival Twins. The game went into the ninth inning with Chicago up 15-4, leading the Twins to send a position player to the mound to save the bullpen for another meeting between the division rivals on Tuesday. Willians Astudillo is the Twin who was given the task of finding a way to close out the game. He feel behind Yermin Mercedes 3-0. That’s when he threw a 47 mph eephus center-center. Mercedes jumped on the pitch, launching deep into the stands - in violation of archaic unwritten rules that few players in the league pay any attention to anymore. Astudillo certainly didn’t seem to care. Yet, speaking to the public, La Russa took the opportunity to throw his young star under the bus, rather spectacularly. When asked about the bomb La Russa decided not to come to his player’s defense, pointing out all the reasons Mercedes actually did the right thing. Instead, the world got this nugget:

“Big mistake. The fact that he’s a rookie, and excited, helps explain why he just was clueless. But now he’s got a clue.”

Never mind that Mercedes has been playing pro ball since 2011, apparently he’s still clueless about unwritten rules? Maybe, in a decade’s worth of playing, he’s learned that personal stats matter when getting paid and he wants those precious dollars in his bank account. Maybe he, unlike his manager, realizes the game is supposed to be fun. Which one is clueless here?

Ketel Marte to the Yankees?

Joel Sherman makes the argument that Ketel Marte represents the best move the Yankees could make to address their own mounting injury situation. Mention is also made that the Yankees could easily do to add Eduardo Escobar or David Peralta should the cost of adding Marte be too high. Other suggestions include two more former Diamondbacks, Starling Marte and Ender Inciarte.

Mike Trout to Miss 6-8 Weeks with Calf Strain

Don’t look now but, Mike Trout is headed to the IL - again. Including the shortened 2020 season, in which he missed seven of 60 games, this is the fifth consecutive season in which Trout is going to miss significant time. If it weren’t for Trout’s video game numbers when healthy, Trout’s inability to stay on the field would soon becoming a topic of many conversations.

Related: Trout’s Injuries May Be Costing Him History

Mike Trout is headed to the Hall of Fame someday. However, where will he stand on the leaderboard when he is inducted into Cooperstown? Trout’s mounting number of missed games may just keep him off the Mt. Rushmore of greatest statistical players ever.