Martinez then got ahead of Manny Machado and caught him looking with a great splitter for the second out. The young righty said he really believed he was in the big leagues when he was facing Machado, as the Padres third baseman was one of his idols growing up. It wasn’t over yet however as home plate umpire Nate Tomlinson squeezed Martinez leading to another walk to Xander Bogaerts. Martinez stayed calm and struck out Jake Cronenworth looking with another splitter for the final out.
The D-backs got a stellar start from Zac Gallen and a pair of home runs to beat the Padres, 3-1, on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Petco Park.
Gallen allowed just one run on three hits to raise his record to 13-5 as he continues to make his case for the National League Cy Young Award.
The Padres got just two hits on the seven balls they put in play at 100 mph or harder. One of their outs sailed 386 feet at 105.7 mph. Another went 381 feet at 104.3 mph.
The Diamondbacks hit the shortest home run ever measured at Petco Park.
Back in February, Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen defined a successful season as being in position to be aggressive buyers at the trade deadline and playing meaningful games at the end of the season. When the deadline came the team was not aggressive buyers, so to salvage the season they need to be competitive for a Wild Card spot until the very end. The Philadelphia Phillies, who earned the final Wild Card last season, had 87 wins so the number we’re going to use is 85 wins.
After further review, MLB determined that six games was too steep. Really though, if he has any shame, no suspension should be necessary as the sheer embarrassment of getting TKO’d in one punch after being the one to original square up.
A person very close to the investigations into the case of Wander Franco: “It will be very unlikely that Wander Franco will play in MLB again, judging by the results of the investigations that are currently being carried out, which directly commit him to the accusations against him.
Baseball will never be football: Strength of schedule can’t matter that much in the macro. But with just a month and a half left, it can tell you a bunch. And some paths to the postseason are a lot smoother than others. Here’s a look at the three teams in the pennant chase best positioned, because of their schedule, to make a run down the stretch … and the three with the toughest roads ahead of them.
To me, the biggest issue in this list isn’t that Christian Walker isn’t the selection for the NL West. Ha-Seong Kim is a fine player and, yeah, is overlooked especially given the shadow of the superstars with massive contracts he plays with. No, the issue is that he didn’t even get the honorable mention spot, losing out on that to Jason Heyward. No disrespect to Heyward, but the author’s main reasoning is that he has “has contributed to Betts spending so much time on the infield”? I mean, great I guess, but I’ll take Walker 100 times out of 10, even if that means Betts is back in the outfield.
What data does the program collect? Here’s the Phillies’ answer to that question: