The Diamondbacks continued their run of offensive futility, reaching new depths by scoring only one run in Coors Field of all places. This, more than the team surrendering seven runs in a bullpen game is by far the more embarrassing note.
One would think that a few games in Colorado would be perfect for what ails the Diamondbacks’ offense. Well, after one game, that has yet to be the case. Arizona continued to struggle with timely hitting, as they went 1-for-10 with RISP. Arizona’s recent offensive woes have become an apt example of just how much offense can suffer when it has to rely on stringing hits together against modern pitching.
Arizona dropped its sixth game in a row on Friday night. Throwing what amounted to a bullpen game while also continuing to struggle with timely hitting sunk Arizona before the game had reached the GEICO 15 outs commercial.
Arizona’s top prospect, Corbin Carroll underwent season-ending surgery to repair a posterior capsular avulsion and a labrum tear.
“It’s going to be a long road,” Carroll said. “There are a lot of boxes to check, a lot of thresholds I’m going to have to hit. All I can say is that I’m going to work as hard as I can to get back as soon as possible. That’s all I want to do. I think it’s something where I kind of have to take it a day at a time. I really have to trust the people around me, which I do, I’ve got a great relationship with our medical staff and Dr. Waslewski as well at this point. I think, under their direction, they’re going to create the right plan for me.”
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Not known for their defensive prowess, the New York Yankees remained undaunted after a bit of wildness and lack of focus by their closer, Aroldis Chapman. Chapman induced a hard chopper down the third base line which Gio Urshela cleanly snagged to begin the around-the-horn triple play.
Suffering trough an injury to his left bicep, future Hall of Famer, Miguel Cabrera, dropped to a woeful .186 batting average on the season. Lately, his timing has been coming around though, and everyone knew it was only a matter of time before he would continue his march towards 500 HR. Kansas City wishes Cabrera could have taken a bit longer. The first-baseman had his first 3-hit night of the season, hitting a single an two home runs, one of which was a go-ahed grand slam. Cabrera’s output was responsible for five of the runs in the 7-5 victory by the Tigers, who have now won 9 of 11.
The Atlanta Braves had an exciting night at the plate on Friday. Atlanta’s offense combined for seven home runs, including two of the grand slam variety en route to a 20-1 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It’s only May, but the Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays have teamed up on a significant trade, swapping four players. The Brewers addressed their woes at shortstop by acquiring Willy Adames along with a righty reliever from Tampa Bay, while the Rays received two righty relievers in return. Of particular note from this transaction is, the Tampa Bay Rays are now in need of a short stop. It just so happens that MLB’s top prospect, Wander Franco, plays short. Is this move a precursor to Franco finally getting the call?
How Is the New Ball Doing? (ESPN+)
TL/DR recap: While barrells turning into home runs has decreased, more balls are being barrelled up, creating a wash when it comes to total balls leaving the yard. The ball may be helping pitchers get even higher spin rates on the ball, creating even fewer balls in play. Balls in play are less likely than ever to actually result in positive outcomes, creating even less incentive to adjust swings. In short - the baseball is essentially doing everything it can to fan the flames of the issues that MLB and the fans have with the three-true-outcomes situation.