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Snake Bytes 5/23: Spiraling

The Arizona Diamondbacks of May are hardly recognizable when compared to the team from April.

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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Colorado Rockies 7

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks bats wake up, but not enough in loss to Rockies - David Peralta posed briefly, started down the line and flipped his bat. The ball sailed toward the right-center field fence. It looked like it would leave the park and tie the game. Instead, it banged off the top of the wall. As Peralta pulled into second, he cocked his head in frustration. That was where Peralta was left standing to end Saturday’s game, which the Diamondbacks lost, 7-6, to the Colorado Rockies. In many ways, it was no surprise: For a team that has lost seven in a row and 16 of 19, it is clear the Diamondbacks are not catching many breaks these days. But, as was the case again on Saturday, they also are not playing especially well, either. On a day when their bats finally awoke from a week-long slumber, they struggled to play a clean game in the field.

[D’] A game lost, but an offense rediscovered - The D-backs lost to the Rockies, 7-6, on Saturday afternoon at Coors Field. But after scoring only seven runs in its previous six games, Arizona put together a pair of impressive rallies and pounded out 12 hits. And that’s progress. “We didn’t win yesterday. We didn’t win the day before, but we had the confidence to go out there and score runs,” said outfielder Josh Rojas, who collected three hits. “Even down three, we score three. They score four, we come back and put runs up on the board. That’s what our offense can do every day. We had the confidence going into today, but just to see it happen feels even better.” The D-backs lost their seventh straight game, and they’ve dropped 16 of 19. But as Rojas alluded to, their rallies came at times when they faced adversity. Earlier in the week, the bats remained quiet in those situations. Not on Saturday.

Arizona Diamondbacks News

[Arizona Sports] D-backs’ Taylor Widener to come off the injured list, will pitch Sunday - Diamondbacks pitcher Taylor Widener will come off the injured list for Arizona and is scheduled to pitch for the D-backs on Sunday, manager Torey Lovullo said on Saturday. “I’m definitely very excited to come back,” Widener said. “It’s a long season. All these teams, there’s a lot of guys that are injured throughout the league right now. And we’ve just hit a little bump in the road right now and we’re going to turn things around soon.” Widener will make his first pitching appearance since April 22, after sustaining a groin strain against the Cincinnati Reds. “I was on a light jog in the outfield and I kind of felt like a little twinge in my groin,” Widener describing his injury via Zoom. “And I was hoping I was like ‘maybe it’s just a little muscle spasm.’ So I went and tried to foam roll and do some stuff to get it to go away and it just kind of didn’t really feel very good.”

[MLB Trade Rumors] Braves Acquire Yoan Lopez From Diamondbacks - The Braves announced they’ve acquired reliever Yoan López from the Diamondbacks. Outfield prospect Deivi Estrada has been sent to Arizona in return. Atlanta optioned López to Triple-A Gwinnett... In return, the Diamondbacks will pick up a low-level developmental flyer. Estrada, 20, didn’t advance past the Dominican Summer League in the Atlanta organization. He hit .307/.433/.366 with more walks than strikeouts in 255 plate appearances at that level in 2019, playing mostly center field. Estrada has never been included on a Braves system ranking at Baseball America or FanGraphs.

[D’] Top prospect Carroll facing ‘long road’ back - Carroll, Arizona’s No. 1 prospect and MLB Pipeline’s No. 37 overall prospect, sustained a shoulder injury while hitting a home run for High-A Hillsboro on May 10. On the follow-through of his swing, Carroll sustained a posterior capsular avulsion and a labrum tear. It required surgery, which was performed this past week by team doctor Gary Waslewski... When the ball initially left his bat, Carroll felt good about how hard he had hit it. But then on his backswing, he said he felt like his arm “kept going a bit. It didn’t feel right.” After a period of rest following the surgery, the real work begins for Carroll, who said the range of a possible time frame he’s been given makes it impossible for him to say whether he could be playing again this fall or winter.

Around the League

[MLB Trade Rumors] Miles Mikolas Sent For MRI Due To Forearm Tightness - Cardinals righty Miles Mikolas left this evening’s start against the Cubs before the fifth inning after a visit from the trainer. The team later announced he was removed with right forearm tightness. Daniel Ponce de Leon was called on to replace him. Mikolas’ start today marked his return to a big league mound for the first time in nineteen months. He missed the entire 2020 season after undergoing surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right forearm. Expected to return at the start of this year, Mikolas ultimately wound up delayed nearly two months by a shoulder issue. Any pitcher exiting in the middle of a start with forearm tightness is concerning, since that can often be a precursor to Tommy John surgery. Given Mikolas’ recent injury history, it’s especially alarming.

[Bleacher Report] Mariners’ Jose Godoy Makes MLB History as 20,000th Player to Debut in Majors - There wasn’t much for the Seattle Mariners to celebrate during Friday’s 16-1 loss to the San Diego Padres, but backup catcher Jose Godoy’s appearance in the game marked a milestone in Major League Baseball. Per ESPN, Godoy became the 20,000th player in MLB history when he replaced starting catcher Tom Murphy in the bottom of the sixth inning. There had been a social media countdown to MLB’s 20,000th player thanks to Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman, who run the Cespedes Family BBQ Twitter account. Since the start of the season, they have honored every player who makes their MLB debut with a synopsis of their career.

[The Athletic] ‘What are we even doing here?’: Around baseball, players raise concerns about pitchers’ use of foreign substances - “It is getting out of hand,” said an American League pitcher, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “When you watch some of these guys from the dugout you can almost hear the ball ripping out of their hands. Guys are doing stuff now that you can’t do to a baseball with just your hand. You just can’t.” The use of illegal foreign substances by many pitchers is not the only factor driving the sport’s declining offensive numbers, which include a .236 batting average and 24.1 percent strikeout rate, both of which would be records over a full season, and six no-hitters in the season’s first seven weeks, already just one shy of the major-league mark. The power-driven approaches of hitters, use of pitchers in shorter bursts, rise of defensive shifts and deadening of the ball this season all are potentially contributing to the pitching dominance.