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Snake Bytes 7/21 - Gone Streaking

OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, it’s called “two in a row”. And if we win again tomorrow, it’s called a “winning streak”... It has happened before!

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Diamondbacks News

Pittsburgh 6, Arizona 11

Taylor Widener had a rough start, allowing five earned runs in only 4 23 innings of work. Arizona’s offense picked him up though, hanging an eight-spot on the Bucs in the seventh inning.

VanMeter’s Big Night Fuels Win Streak

VanMeter entered the game in the fifth inning as part of a double switch. In the decisive seventh inning, he swatted himself an RBI triple and a two RBI double. He finished the game a home run short of the cycle, despite playing only half the game.

Big Inning Lifts Snakes over Pirates

Arizona’s biggest offensive inning since August of 2020 was enough to lift the Diamondbacks to their third win in a row, making Arizona 12-1 in their last 13 games against the Pirates.

Diamondbacks Engaged in “a lot of conversation” as Deadline Looms

The Diamondbacks are deadline sellers and every team in baseball knows it. This is keeping Mike Hazen’s phone line rather busy.

Other Baseball News

Team USA Flag Bearer Alvarez: “It’s an honor”

Eddy Alvarez, a member of USA Baseball and the Marlins’ Triple-A club, will serve as a flag bearer for Team USA during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23, making him the first baseball player ever selected for that honor.

MLB YouTube Game-of-the-Week Broadcast by All-Female Crew

The Tuesday night tilt between the Orioles and the Rays was an MLB first. The YouTube game of the week featured a broadcast crew comprised entirely of female talent. Melanie Newman, the Orioles’ radio play-by-play announcer since last year, called the action while analyst and writer Sarah Langs, who formerly worked in ESPN’s Stats & Information group, was assigned as the in-booth analyst.

2021 Trade Value #21-#30

Injury and some early struggles, along with the passage of time, have served to drop Arizona’s Ketel Marte onto this list, down to #22 from the previous standing of #12.

Oakland and A’s at Odds with Revised Proposal from City

At this point, it is pretty safe to start the clock on the Athletics leaving Oakland, something that has long been a possibility but not the most likely outcome. That has changed.

10 Chaos Creating Players for the Deadline

Will the Nationals trade Max Scherzer, giving some other team a massive jolt towards postseason dominance, or will they hold fast and try to make another late-season run?

MLB Trade Deadline Cheat Cheat (The Athletic)

Merrill Kelly and David Peralta are as good as gone. Ketel Marte is not going anywhere -at least not at the deadline.

Is the Sticky Substance Crackdown Leading to More Pitcher Injuries? (The Athletic)

The short answer is that there is mounting evidence to suggest that it is, and not in small numbers.