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Snake Bytes 10/21: A Return to Fandom’s Past

Snake Bytes 10/21: A Return to Fandom’s Past

Some of us don’t have to try as hard as others to root for Boston. Seven games are left standing between the 2018 MLB season and a long, cold winter without actual baseball contests. The Milwaukee Brewers were agonizingly close to making it to the World Series, but fell just short of clinching in game seven last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Brewers late season run was remarkable. Consider the rag-tag group of starting pitchers they had going in the NLCS. Wade Miley? Jhoulys Chacin? 2013 called. They want their starting rotation back. Congratulations are in order for Craig...
18 hours ago
NLCS Game 7 Open Thread

NLCS Game 7 Open Thread

For all the National Leagues NLCS GAME 7DODGERS AT BREWERSWALKER BUEHLER (8-5 2.62 ERA) VS JHOULYS CHACIN (15-8 3.50 ERA)5:00 PM, FOX SPORTS ONE TIED 3-3 For all the marbles! Neutral Evil vs. Lawful Neutral! All the marbles! So many marbles! Dear God where did all these marbles come from? The Brewers have the advantage of being at home and not having to burn through Joakim Soria or Josh Hader last night. The Dodgers have the advantage of their pact with Morkloi, The Damning One. Should be a good one! Talk about it below!
19 hours ago
Diamondbacks Free-agent Discussion, #7: Jon Jay

Diamondbacks Free-agent Discussion, #7: Jon Jay

Jay provided outfield help when needed this season. But does he have a role in 2019? Jon Jay arrived from the Kansas City Royals to Arizona this year on June 6, in exchange for a couple of minor-league pitching prospects, right-hander Elvis Luciano and left-hander Gabe Speier. The need arose because of a slew of injuries to the D-backs’ outfield: both Steven Souza and A.J. Pollock had to hit the DL, with a right pectoral strain and fractured thumb respectively. GM Mike Hazen said, “We felt like every marginal move was going to matter, and it’s certainly mattering right now. Given that...
21 hours ago
Calculating Diamondbacks player’s trade value

Calculating Diamondbacks player’s trade value

Just what are their trade chips worth ? About 10 days ago Zach Buchanan published an article at the Athletic Ranking the Diamondbacks Trade Chips. As usual, it’s a good read, and provides a lot of really good information. His article got me thinking not only about who might be the most valuable trade chips, but also what type of return should the DBacks be looking for. Echoing something Zach said in his article, this is not to say what they should or shouldn’t do. But as the team is checking on trade values of their players to determine their future path, it is worthwhile to try to...
Oct 20, 2018
Snake Bytes 10/20: Beat-L-A!

Snake Bytes 10/20: Beat-L-A!

The Milwaukee Brewers came up big in Game 6 of the NLCS in Milwaukee on Friday to force a decisive Game 7. NLCS Los Angeles 2, Milwaukee 7 Wade Miley surrendered a first-inning run in what was a must-win game for his Milwaukee Brewers. His teammates picked him up by scoring four in the bottom half of the inning. Miley settled in after that, giving the Brewers five innings of two-run ball. Milwaukee’s bullpen took over from there. Brewers Cruise to Victory, Force Game 7 The Brewers responded well to returning home. After scoring four quick runs off of Dodgers’ starter Hyun-Jin Ryu,...
Oct 19, 2018
LCS Open Thread: Gettin’ cold in Milwaukee

LCS Open Thread: Gettin’ cold in Milwaukee

Last chance for the Brewers tonight NLCS GAME 6DODGERS AT BREWERSHYUN-JIN RYU (7-3 1.97 ERA) VS WADE MILEY (5-2 2.57 ERA)5:40 PM, FOX SPORTS ONE DODGERS LEAD 3-2 Will Wade Miley pitch more than 5 pitches? Boy, that sure was a gambit. There seems to be a fine line between “Genius strategy to cause a team to flip out over platoon splits” and “Throwing shit against the wall even though your offense seems to be the issue and maybe you should do something there.” but instead we’re probably going to get Craig Counsell trying to figure out how to use Josh Hader in every odd-numbered...
Oct 19, 2018
Place Your Bets on the 2018 Diamondbacks: The Reckoning

Place Your Bets on the 2018 Diamondbacks: The Reckoning

The casino thanks you for your contributions. :) In case you missed it, before the season we continued a long tradition of opening the doors to the SnakePit Casino. There, we gave people $1,500 SnakePit Dollars, and invited them to wager on a series of over/under lines, for D-backs player and team performance this season. We capped each individual bet at $500, so you had to make at least three bets. For each one below, you’ll first get the line drawn by Bovada.lv. Then, in brackets, the amount wagered over and under by the 37 participating gamblers, rounded to the nearest dollar. Finally,...
Oct 19, 2018
Snake Bytes, 10/19: Boston vs. the World

Snake Bytes, 10/19: Boston vs. the World

A J.D. Martinez homer scored the Red Sox’s first run, and Boston closed out the ALCS in five. Boston Red Sox 4, Houston Astros 1 After Just Dingers long-ball, it was another homer which really ended this one, Rafael Devers hitting a three-run shot for Boston in the sixth to put them 4-0 up. Houston were unable to do anything against David Price, whose reputation for post-season failure was belied by six shutout innings of three-hit ball, with no walks and nine strikeouts. The Astros did get on the board in the seventh, on a solo shot from Marwin Gonzalez, but that was all they managed....
Oct 18, 2018
LCS Open Thread: Merry Clinchmas?

LCS Open Thread: Merry Clinchmas?

The Sox could punch their ticket to the fall classic tonight ALCS GAME 5RED SOX AT ASTROSDAVID PRICE (16-7, 3.58 ERA) VS JUSTIN VERLANDER (16-9 2.52 ERA)5:00 PM, TBSRED SOX LEAD 3-1 The Red Sox, lead by the Masons and the RAND Corporation and Joe West not being good at his job, are on the verge on making their fourth World Series this century. Now, a 3-1 lead isn’t insurmountable in the least, but having two of those potential games at home in hand would make any collapse more unlikely, but more hilarious. The Astros do have career renaissance man Justin Verlander going against David...
Oct 18, 2018
Diamondbacks Free-agent Discussion, #6: Neftali Feliz

Diamondbacks Free-agent Discussion, #6: Neftali Feliz

Wait, what? Let’s be honest, this will be one of the shorter discussion articles in this series. It might struggle to reach 150 words, unless I embark on a review of the movie we watched last night (House on Haunted Hill, the original one, starring Vincent Price). Indeed, you would be forgiven for having missed the memo about Neftali Feliz even being a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks this year. But the picture on top of this article proves that this is not a figment of my deranged imagination. Hr was part of a slew of free-agent signings to minor-league contracts towards the end of...
Oct 18, 2018
Snake Bytes 10/18: Time! Blue...

Snake Bytes 10/18: Time! Blue...

Dodgers and Redsox inch closer to The World Series I listened to the 1st few innings of the Dodgers-Brewers game yesterday and I must say, that 1st inning was a doozy. Miley threw a handful of pitches, walked the 1st batter and was immediately pulled from the game by Counsell. In the 3rd and 4th innings the broadcasters continued to speculate about why Miley was pulled, whether unseen injury or tactical ploy. The Dodger’s did not speculate or flinch as they acted on their opportunity against a stretched Milwaukee pitching staff. After vomiting a bit I turned the game off and proceeded to...
Oct 17, 2018
Arizona Fall League 10/16/2018 Salt River Defeats Mesa 2-1

Arizona Fall League 10/16/2018 Salt River Defeats Mesa 2-1

Pavin Smith comes up with the game winning hit in the 9th There is a saying “You know you’ve been in Arizona too long when 70 degrees feels cold”. Last night at 6:35 P.M. game start time the temperature was 67 degrees with a very stiff wind blowing in from Right Center Field. With the flag whipping around and pointing straight at me, for some reason I thought it would feel more like “real baseball” if I opened the window in front of me in the press box. That didn’t last long. I shut it about 10 minutes later. It felt like it was about to start snowing ! That strong wind...
Oct 17, 2018
LCS Open Thread: I’m so tired

LCS Open Thread: I’m so tired

Sleeeeeep NLCS GAME 5BREWERS AT DODGERSWADE MILEY (5-2, 2.57 ERA) VS CLAYTON KERSHAW (9-5 2.73 ERA)2:00 PM, FOX SPORTS 1TIED 2-2 Well after the long (insert number of innings here, I’m going to bed) inning game the (winning team) came out on top in a thriller which was definitely a turning point for this series for the (Dodgers/Brewers) and puts the (Brewers/Dodgers) behind the 8-ball. The Dodgers will be at a disadvantage though, since Manny Machado had to have been suspended for the rest of the series for spiking- wait, hold on, I’m being told that MLB is too chickenshit to hand out...
Oct 17, 2018
MLB Mock Expansion Project: Protecting the D-backs

MLB Mock Expansion Project: Protecting the D-backs

In the event of a further MLB expansion, who would we lock up? I received the following email last week: My name is H.W. Linwood, and I’m a college student who with a strong interest in baseball analytics and operations. I’m especially fascinated by the concept of MLB expansion, and was hoping to run a mock expansion draft (like this 2014 one from Beyond the Box Score) this offseason in order to examine the viability of MLB expansion in the near future. I’m curious how well set up an expansion team might be to contend in the present and future, and think this project could give a...
Oct 17, 2018
Snake Bytes 10/17: LCS Excitement Abounds

Snake Bytes 10/17: LCS Excitement Abounds

Boston took a 2-1 lead in surprising fashion and the NLCS required 13 innings to decide game four. NLCS Milwaukee 1, Los Angeles 2 The Dodgers took an early lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. It took until the 13th inning for them to score a second run and walk off the game with a 2-1 score. The pitching in this series has been fantastic (mostly). NLCS Game 5 Preview The Brewers and Dodgers will go at it again this evening, starting at 5:05 EST. ALCS Boston 8, Houston 2 NAthan Eovaldi pitched one of the best starts of his entire career to help the Red Sox keep pace with...