From the Keegan: Merrill Kelly, who has been predictably reliable to give at least six competitive innings on the mound this season, struggled mightily in the bottom of the first. He needed 47 pitches to get out of the frame which was the second most thrown by an MLB pitcher in an inning this season.
D-backs tie all-time record with 22nd consecutive road loss, Orioles not far behind
From the article: With their 13-7 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park on Wednesday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks matched the all-time record with their 22nd consecutive road loss. That mark ties them with the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics and 1963 New York Mets.
The Diamondbacks haven’t won a road game since April 25, when Madison Bumgarner no-hit the Braves for seven innings in the second game of a doubleheader.
Gallen to be activated from IL for SF finale
From the article: “We’re all excited about it,” said manager Torey Lovullo. “He’s worked extremely hard to make tomorrow happen with the medical team, working extremely hard on his craft. Everything that I’ve been seeing — sometimes I would see his bullpens over at Salt River [Fields] — we all felt strongly that this was going to be the right situation for him.”
D-backs bringing in Allard Baird amid Mike Hazen’s leave of absence
From the article: One of those moves was expanding assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye’s role. The D-backs also went out of house to add another voice to the mix while Hazen is away.
“We’re going to bring on, hoping in the next couple of days, Allard Baird to help,” Hazen said. “He has a wealth of experience, former GM. Somebody to handle [things] especially as we move into the draft and deadline time. His counsel, his evaluation, his perspective, his ability to help.
D-backs, Orioles, Rockies among teams playing historically bad on the road this year
From the article: If we include 2020 and 2021 to date, we’ll find four of the worst 25 road winning percentages in the history of baseball. The 2021 Colorado Rockies are 5-27 on the road. The .156 winning percentage would be the worst ever. The 1935 Boston Braves went 13-65 on the road (.167) and that’s the current record.
Last season’s Rangers (6-24, .200) rank as the seventh worst ever. Last season’s Pirates (6-22, .214) sit 13th. Then there’s the Diamondbacks of this season. At 9-29 (.237), they would be 25th-worst ever. This goes back to 1901 and that’s an awful lot of baseball teams in history to have four in the past two seasons.
Why MLB’s sticky-stuff crackdown plan is causing a major rift across baseball
From the article: The rift is more about the details of MLB’s plan, which it outlined in a memo distributed to teams Tuesday. About the midseason implementation of foreign-substance vigilance after more than six years has passed since the last suspension for it.
Incoming sticky-stuff ban is appropriate and at the right time
This poll is closed
Yes, cheating is cheating.
No, wrong time and wrong policy
IDK - Do we still care that the Astros cheated? Looking at you, Dodgers, cough Bauer, COUGH COUGH
IDK - Pitchers throwing hissy-fits over this is a bad look
Ross Stripling rages at teammate after bad play
He offers an apology in another tweet, and said he personally apologized to Panik, twice.
This is little league if you ask me.....
E5 • Stripling rages at Panik pic.twitter.com/pniIpfKwKW— MLB Errors (@mlberrors) June 17, 2021