6:52 AM EDT, Tue June 19, 2018
4 hours ago
Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Los Angeles Angels 4: Bombs Away

Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Los Angeles Angels 4: Bombs Away

The Beard Heads West After a horrific ending to the New York Mets series, the Diamondbacks went West to visit Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels. Zack Greinke faced up and comer Jaime Barria. The game was presented on ESPN and it delivered. The first inning started with Jon Jay singling with a ground ball up the middle. Paul Goldschmidt then blasted a ball to the waterfall in center field which was a great sight for many D-backs fans including our very own Keegan Thompson. That sound off the bat though! And in case he somehow didn't hear it, Mike Trout got a good look at this Goldy...
5 hours ago
Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Los Angeles Angels 4

Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Los Angeles Angels 4

Three home-runs and another Dyson web-gem were key to a winning start on the road-trip. The Diamondbacks got started early, with a two-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt, not even a handful of pitches into the game. Ketel Marte added a solo shot, and further RBI from Jeff Mathis and Jarrod Dyson pushed the score to 6-0 by the middle of the fourth. Zack Greinke appeared to be cruising, but then allowed back-to-back home-runs to Justin Upton and Albert Pujols. He ended up going 6.1 innings, with three runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Things looked very dicey in the...
9 hours ago
Preview #72: 6/18 @ Angels

Preview #72: 6/18 @ Angels

Let’s hope Anaheim turns out to be the happiest place in the world for the D-backs. Today's Lineups ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS LOS ANGELES ANGELS Jon Jay - RF Ian Kinsler - 2B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Mike Trout - CF Jake Lamb - 3B Justin Upton - LF David Peralta - LF Albert Pujols - DH Daniel Descalso - DH Jose Miguel Fernandez - 1B Ketel Marte - 2B Andrelton Simmons - SS Nick Ahmed - SS Luis Valbuena - 3B Jeff Mathis - C Martin Maldonado - C Jarrod Dyson - CF Kole Calhoun - RF Zack Greinke - RHP Jaime Barria - RHP Back into the land of the designated...
13 hours ago
Series Preview #24: D-backs @ Angels

Series Preview #24: D-backs @ Angels

The Diamondbacks look to turn the page after a disappointing end to a promising homestand. “Turn the page”. One of my least favorite three-word combinations in the entire English language, right up there with “do the dishes” and “not right now”. It’s a phrase that implies, nay, admits defeat, and serves as a meek call to action with no discernible goal beyond the obvious “let’s go win ourselves some baseball games, boys!”. It offers up no solution. How could it? Instead, it says that how things went should’ve worked, and if it didn’t, well, that’s an anomaly that...
13 hours ago
Monday Memes 6/18: Frustration

Monday Memes 6/18: Frustration

Caption this Nick. It’s a frustrating week. It feels like we played well but having the 2-out blown save by Boxberger just saps all of the fun we had this week. Still, the offense is looking good and let’s hope that this can continue on this road trip. Keeping it simple on the memes this week. Maybe we need to cool off a bit. I’ve got one here for you: Clint Hurdle’s thought process during last Monday’s game: What do you have? This thread has been dominated by DC and david.munter; does anyone dare to challenge them? Also, I have a challenge for today. I posted a...
15 hours ago
Introducing: Levi Kelly

Introducing: Levi Kelly

With the 249th pick of the draft, the Diamondbacks returned to the prep ranks to find this right-handed pitcher. Kelly was committed to LSU and was the second LSU commit to be selected in the draft, behind only Brian Turang who went 21st overall. What MLB has to say: Kelly was emerging as a top high school prospect in West Virginia when he made the move to IMG Academy in Florida after his sophomore year. He’s taken advantage of the opportunity, showing off premium arm strength against a very high level of competition. Kelly is all about arm strength and a big fastball. He’ll sit 92-93...
21 hours ago
Snake Bytes 6/18: Time to Cleanse

Snake Bytes 6/18: Time to Cleanse

A quintessential D-backs win that didn’t end quite right. Mets 5, Diamondbacks 3 I attended this game with my brother and father-in-law (a Mets fan). We got our Hawaiian shirts of remarkable quality. The concession stand lines were long in an obscene way. Perhaps the top level wasn’t used to so many fans. But, it was the kind of game the D-backs know how to win. Maybe give up a run early, but squeak out a few runs and let the bullpen take it over. Somewhere there is a 27 outs cliche to declare. Is it time to worry about Boxberger? During the first three hours of the game I...
Jun 18, 2018
Minor League Recap 6/17/2018

Minor League Recap 6/17/2018

The Diamondbacks affiliates won four out of five games today, with only the Visalia Rawhide losing Diamondbacks affiliates won 4 out of 5 games today, with Visalia losing, and Missoula and the two Dominican Summer League Affiliates having the day off. The AZL Dbacks have their season opener tomorrow. Snake Stars Three Stars: Ryan Atkinson 6.0 IP 0 runs 2 H 2 BB 7 K Two Stars: Erbert Gonzalez 2.0 IP 2 H 2 BB 2 Ks One Star: Catcher Ryan January 0-3. but picked off a runner at first Zero Star: Miguel Aguilar 1 IP 4 H 4 R 1 BB 2 HRs Reno Aces 8 Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Braden Hagins pitched 5...
Jun 18, 2018
SnakePit Round Table: World Cup Edition

SnakePit Round Table: World Cup Edition

The bullpen, an everyday role for Descalso, and whether there’s any hope for Avila are among the topics this week. Special announcement. We welcome Angry Dad of the Brute Squad as this week’s “reader representative”. If you’re interested in doing the same next week, speak up in the comments, and I’ll email the first qualifying person to post, the questions on Saturday (so, obviously, you need to have an email address attached to your account!). You’ll need to be able to get the answers back to me by Sunday evening, so a timely turnaround will be necessary. If you miss out...
Jun 17, 2018
Arizona Diamondbacks 3, New York Mets 5: You’re not my REAL father!

Arizona Diamondbacks 3, New York Mets 5: You’re not my REAL father!

The results of the paternity test are in... Record: 40-31. Pace: 91-71. Change on 2017: The Diamondbacks were one out away from victory, holding on to a two-run lead with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the Dodgers having lost, and the Rockies blowing their lead in the ninth against Texas, everything was lined up for Brad Boxberger to retire the feeble-hitting Jose Reyes and put the D-backs back to being 2.5 games up on the Dodgers in the NL West. A capacity crowd of 47,907 at Chase Field for Father’s Day could take their Hawaiian shirt giveaways and...
Jun 17, 2018
Arizona Diamondbacks 3, New York Mets 5

Arizona Diamondbacks 3, New York Mets 5

That apple pie chimichanga tastes a bit like cardboard after the ninth inning... New York struck first, opening the scoring in the top of the opening inning. Clay Buchholz allowed a lead-off double, and that runner came around to score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly. However, Buchholz settled down thereafter with another solid performance. That was the only run he allowed through 5.2 innings, on four hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. Andrew Chafin came in and got a big out to end the sixth, stranding a pair of runners in scoring position. The D-backs offense didn’t find...
Jun 17, 2018
Preview #71: 6/17 vs. Mets

Preview #71: 6/17 vs. Mets

Happy Father’s Day! Today's Lineups NEW YORK METS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS Brandon Nimmo - LF Jon Jay - RF Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Michael Conforto - CF Jake Lamb - 3B Todd Frazier - 3B David Peralta - LF Jay Bruce - RF Daniel Descalso - 2B Dominic Smith - 1B Ketel Marte - SS Kevin Plawecki - C Alex Avila - C Jose Reyes - SS Jarrod Dyson - CF Zack Wheeler - RHP Clay Buchholz - RHP The Diamondbacks have won four straight Father’s Day games, though they are 8-12 overall for the day. I’m kinda wishing we’d gone to the game today rather...
Jun 17, 2018
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ playoff odds: 70 games in

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ playoff odds: 70 games in

They’re continuing to climb... As we did last season, we’ll track the D-backs’ post-season chances every ten games as the season progresses, until the number either reaches 100% or 0%. Here’s where we stand, 50 games into the season. Fangraphs: 21.1% division, 21.1% wild-card = 42.2% playoffs Baseball Prospectus: 42.4% division, 22.1% wild-card = 64.5% playoffs FiveThirtyEight: 42% division, 19% wild-card = 61% playoffs NumberFire: 44.6% division, 20.0% wild-card = 64.6% playoffs A solid 7-3 record since last time, with series wins over the Rockies, Pirates and (pending the...
Jun 17, 2018
Snake Bytes 6/17: Paradox

Snake Bytes 6/17: Paradox

The New York Mets are a confusing franchise to me. New York Mets 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 1 [D’backs.com] Corbin’s struggles continue against Mets - Many thanks to the Stokes Family for your tremendous hospitality last night. I cannot thank all of you enough for the experience. For those of you who did not see, the New York Mets had a substantial following in right field last night. They call themselves the Line 7 Army, and the group paraded into Chase Field last night like they owned the place. From what I learned, the group started when a single person began making t-shirts imploring...