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Snake Bytes 10/3: Postseason Edition

Only two seasons after losing 110 games, the Diamondbacks are playing a postseason game, their first since being unceremoniously ousted from the playoffs in 2017.

Diamondbacks Playoff News

A Key Storyline for Each Wild Card Series

While MLB pundits are asking if the Brewers can score enough runs, anyone who watched the series that Arizona just finished against the Astros might have the same question about the Snakes.

Diamondbacks-Brewers Wild Card Game 1 FAQs
Most everything worth noting for those who have not been carefully following the way the teams performed down the stretch.

Comparing the Offenses of the Brewers and Diamondbacks
Post trade deadline, the Brewers have had the more potent bats. I’d still take Arizona’s offense over theirs though, as the Arizona offense is comprised of the sorts of players that can make an opposing pitching staff work to get outs.

Brewers Without Woodruff for Wild Card Series
Milwaukee’s bullpen stalwart has a shoulder issue that will keep him from participating in the Wild Card series and possibly beyond.

Hazen, Lovullo Deserved Cathartic Celebration
For those who rolled their eyes at how hard Arizona celebrated the news of clinching a playoff berth despite losing to the Astros, here is a different take on the team’s swimming pool celebration.

Other Playoff News

Rangers-Rays, What to Know
This series should be an interesting study in contrasts. On one hand, there are the Texas Rangers who spent like crazy to fuel the team’s rebuild and ascendence back into postseason baseball. On the other hand, there are the spend-thrift Rays, who have simply been the most consistently successful regular season franchise of the last decade, but with no World Series trophy to show for it.

Blue Jays and Twins
At least Daulton Varsho is not missing out on playoff baseball, having been traded away from Arizona, only to see them make the next possible playoffs.

Marlins at Phillies
Can the Marlins take their penchant for winning far more one run games than many would consider reasonable and turn it into postseason wins against the high-powered Philadelphia offense?

Other Baseball News

Phil Nevin Not Returning to Angels
Phil Nevin is out as the manager of the Los Angeles Angels

Showalter Out in Queens
Unsurprisingly, Showalter too is out as manager.

Average Game Time Dropped to 2:40
The pitch clock, despite some of its issues, accomplished what it was supposed to, tightening up the pace of play in games. The average game time in 2023 was a brisk two hours and forty minutes.

Chris Young Defends Rangers, Takes Umbrage with Houston Reporter
Texas Rangers GM, Chris Young, came to the defense of his team and their mild celebration of making the postseason, despite losing the top slot in the AL West on the final day of the season. Something tells me the in-state rivalry between the Rangers and Astros is not going anywhere anytime soon.