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AZ Snake Pit Aug 16, 2018
Preview, #122: 8/16 @ Padres

Preview, #122: 8/16 @ Padres

The D-backs will seek to put more delight between themselves and the rest of the NL West this series. Today's Lineups DIAMONDBACKS PADRES Jon Jay - RF Travis Jankowski - LF A.J. Pollock - CF Cory Spangenberg - 2B David Peralta - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Franmil Reyes - RF Eduardo Escobar - 3B Austin Hedges - C Ketel Marte - 2B Freddy Galvis - SS Nick Ahmed - SS Christian Villanueva - 3B Alex Avila - C Manuel Margot - CF Clay Buchholz - RHP Jacob Nix - RHP I hope you had a pleasant off-day - I got my baseball fix hate-watching the Dodgers...
AZ Snake Pit Aug 15, 2018
Snake Bytes 8/15: Still in First

Snake Bytes 8/15: Still in First

The Diamondbacks salvaged a split in Texas behind the pitching of Patrick Corbin and the hitting of Paul Goldschmidt. The result - Arizona maintains a one-game lead on the NL West as they head into San Diego for a four-game series this weekend. Arizona 6, Texas 4 Patrick Corbin put in a good showing, giving Torey Lovullo seven innings of work during which he struck out seven and walked none. Paul Goldschmidt and Alex Avila both took Texas pitching deep. Corbin Leads the Way Patrick Corbin continued his strong season, throwing seven innings of three-run ball. Corbin has now gone three...
AZ Snake Pit Aug 14, 2018
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Texas Rangers 4

Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Texas Rangers 4

Patrick Corbin got the W for seven solid innings, as Arizona took a much-needed win. Paul Goldschmidt’s 27th home-run of the season gave the Diamondbacks a first inning lead in Arlington. A ground-out off the bat of Daniel Descalso the next inning doubled the lead, and Arizona then scored twice in the fourth. A Descalso double made it 3-0, and he was later able to score on a wild pitch. However, the Rangers chipped away, getting a run back immediately. After Alex Avila delivered tacos with his sixth home-run of the year in the sixth inning, Texas responded with two, making the score 5-3....
AZ Snake Pit Aug 14, 2018
Preview, #121: 8/14 @ Rangers

Preview, #121: 8/14 @ Rangers

The race to the bottom of the top of the NL West continues Today's Lineups DIAMONDBACKS RANGERS Jon Jay - CF Shin-Soo Choo - RF Paul Goldschmidt - DH Rougned Odor - 2B David Peralta - LF Elvis Andrus - SS Eduardo Escobar - 3B Jurickson Profar - 3B Steven Souza - RF Robinson Chirinos - DH Ketel Marte - 2B Joey Gallo - LF Daniel Descalso - 1B Isiah Kiner-Falefa - C Nick Ahmed - SS Ronald Guzman - 1B Alex Avila - C Delino DeShields Jr. - CF Depending on results elsewhere, we could end up with a triple-tie at the top of the NL West by the end of play. That would...
AZ Snake Pit Aug 14, 2018
The Diamondbacks are Dominating Pitch Framing

The Diamondbacks are Dominating Pitch Framing

We’ve heard it discussed plenty. Well, here are the numbers. We’ve all heard about it. Under the Mike Hazen era, the Arizona Diamondbacks have made a strong, concerted effort to emphasize pitch framing. That’s one of the main reasons why the team has made moves to get Jeff Mathis, John Ryan Murphy, and Alex Avila while letting Chris Iannetta sign with Colorado. Quantifying pitch framing data seems difficult. There are two websites (Baseball Prospectus and StatCorner) that assign “runs” to individual catchers based on their pitch framing data, but they don’t provide the details...
AZ Snake Pit Aug 12, 2018
Preview, #119: 8/12 @ Reds

Preview, #119: 8/12 @ Reds

This has not been the road-trip for which I signed up, so far... Today's Lineups DIAMONDBACKS REDS Jon Jay - RF Jose Peraza - SS Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Joey Votto - 1B David Peralta - LF Scooter Gennett - 2B A.J. Pollock - CF Eugenio Suarez - 3B Daniel Descalso - 3B Mason Williams - RF Ketel Marte - 2B Tucker Barnhart - C Nick Ahmed - SS Preston Tucker - LF Alex Avila - C Luis Castillo - RHP Zack Godley - RHP Billy Hamilton - CF Painful though it may be, what we’ve seen here is one of the joys of baseball - that, on any given day, any baseball team can beat...
AZ Snake Pit Aug 10, 2018
Arizona Diamondbacks 0, Cincinnati Reds 3

Arizona Diamondbacks 0, Cincinnati Reds 3

Not the start to the road-trip we wanted. As the old joke goes, the D-backs offense was left back in Arizona, the team being almost completely handcuffed by Anthony DeSclafani in Cincinnati this evening. The team managed only two hits through the first seven innings, singles by Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock, and didn’t get a man into scoring position through that point. Their best scoring chance off the Reds’ starter came in the eighth, when singles by Steven Souza and Nick Ahmed chased DeSclafani, but Alex Avila hit into a double-play. Clay Buchholz was almost freakishly...
AZ Snake Pit Aug 10, 2018
Preview, #117: 8/10 @ Reds

Preview, #117: 8/10 @ Reds

Might Clay Buchholz be the unsung hero of the D-backs’ season so far? Today's Lineups DIAMONDBACKS REDS David Peralta - LF Jose Peraza - SS Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Joey Votto - 1B A.J. Pollock - CF Eugenio Suarez - 3B Eduardo Escobar - 3B Scooter Gennett - 2B Steven Souza - RF Phillip Ervin - LF Ketel Marte - 2B Mason Williams - RF Nick Ahmed - SS Tucker Barnhart - C Alex Avila - C A. DeSclafani - RHP Clay Buchholz - RHP Billy Hamilton - CF The D-backs’ rotation was an area of pre-season concern, with the lack of depth a problem many felt might be an...
AZ Snake Pit Aug 8, 2018
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Philadelphia Phillies 0

Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Philadelphia Phillies 0

Patrick Corbin keeps on rolling. Locks up Home series victory. Patrick Corbin picked the perfect season to have a career year. Captain Sully carved through the Philadelphia Phillies in the rubber match for 7 & 1⁄3 innings. He got off to a tremendous start in the first inning. After allowing a leadoff single to Cesar Hernandez, Corbin followed by striking out Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams. Hernandez attempted to swipe second base during the Williams strikeout, but Alex Avila made a strong throw to second to complete the double play with the difficulty setting on All Star mode. Corbin...
AZ Snake Pit Aug 8, 2018
Preview, #116: 8/7 vs. Phillies

Preview, #116: 8/7 vs. Phillies

The rubber game, so all to play for... Which way will the roller-coaster go? Today's Lineups PHILLIES DIAMONDBACKS Cesar Hernandez - 2B Jon Jay - RF Rhys Hoskins - LF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Nick Williams - RF David Peralta - LF Carlos Santana - 1B A.J. Pollock - CF Asdrubal Cabrera - 3B Eduardo Escobar - 3B Odubel Herrera - CF Daniel Descalso - 2B Scott Kingery - SS Ketel Marte - SS Vince Velasquez - RHP Alex Avila - C Andrew Knapp - C Patrick Corbin - LHP You might be surprised to learn that Arizona have actually played better baseball, overall, so far in...
AZ Snake Pit Aug 6, 2018
Preview, #114: 8/6 vs. Phillies

Preview, #114: 8/6 vs. Phillies

A challenging three-game stand opens against the NL East leaders Today's Lineups PHILLIES DIAMONDBACKS Cesar Hernandez - 2B Jon Jay - CF Rhys Hoskins - LF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Nick Williams - RF David Peralta - LF Carlos Santana - 1B Eduardo Escobar - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Steven Souza - RF Odubel Herrera - CF Daniel Descalso - 2B Maikel Franco - 3B Nick Ahmed - SS Jorge Alfaro - C Alex Avila - C Jake Arrieta - RHP Zack Godley - RHP Let’s see which Zack Godley turns up. The good one, who tossed seven shutout innings against the Rangers last start? Or...
AZ Snake Pit Aug 3, 2018
Preview, #111: 8/3, vs. Giants

Preview, #111: 8/3, vs. Giants

We’ll have to win this one without Torey Lovullo... Today's Lineups GIANTS DIAMONDBACKS Andrew McCutchen - RF Jon Jay - RF Buster Posey - C Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B David Peralta - LF Brandon Crawford - SS A.J. Pollock - CF Austin Slater - 1B Eduardo Escobar - 3B Chase d'Arnaud - 2B Daniel Descalso - 2B Hunter Pence - LF Ketel Marte - SS Steven Duggar - CF Alex Avila - C Chris Stratton - RHP Patrick Corbin - LHP No Torey Lovullo in the dugout for the Diamondbacks tonight, due to illness. He apparently was seen by a doctor earlier today, and...
Zack Godley talks about his strong performance against the Rangers

Zack Godley talks about his strong performance against the Rangers

Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley talks about his pitch command and the role catcher Alex Avila played in Tuesdays win over Texas.         
AZ Snake Pit Jul 31, 2018
Preview, #109: 7/31, vs. Rangers

Preview, #109: 7/31, vs. Rangers

Welcome, new Diamondbacks! Today's Lineups RANGERS DIAMONDBACKS Shin-Soo Choo - RF Jon Jay - LF Rougned Odor - 2B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Elvis Andrus - SS A.J. Pollock - CF Adrian Beltre - 3B Steven Souza - RF Ronald Guzman - 1B Eduardo Escobar - 3B Robinson Chirinos - C Daniel Descalso - 2B Willie Calhoun - LF Nick Ahmed - SS Carlos Tocci - CF Alex Avila - C Bartolo Colon - RHP Zack Godley - RHP Quite the day of flux for Arizona, especially on the pitching front, and particularly for bullpen. In case you lost track, or weren’t paying attention, here’s a...
AZ Snake Pit Jul 26, 2018
Preview, #104: 7/25 @ Cubs

Preview, #104: 7/25 @ Cubs

Another chance for the D-backs to win the series, this time behind Zack Godley. Today's Lineups DIAMONDBACKS CUBS David Peralta - LF Anthony Rizzo - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Albert Almora - CF A.J. Pollock - CF Jason Heyward - RF Steven Souza - RF Willson Contreras - C Jake Lamb - 3B Ian Happ - 3B Daniel Descalso - 2B Kyle Schwarber - LF Nick Ahmed - SS Addison Russell - SS Alex Avila - C Tyler Chatwood - RHP Zack Godley - RHP David Bote - 2B Another chance today for the D-backs to return to the top of the National League West, Braves willing (as they play...

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