11:13 AM EDT, Tue October 19, 2021
23 mins ago
Snake Bytes 10/19: Red Alert

Snake Bytes 10/19: Red Alert

Photo by Elsa/ For the second game in a row, the Boston Red Sox dashed the Houston Astros hopes with the long ball. ALCS [Over The Monster] Red Sox 12, Astros 3: The offense stays hot in return to Fenway - The Astros are lucky they are not down 3-0 in this series. Boston had a winnable game to open the series and dropped it, and in the next two they’ve left very little doubt. After smacking two grand slams in Game Two, they settled for only the one on Monday, but added to it a pair of two-run homers as well as a solo shot for 12 total runs. In addition, they also...
15 hours ago
Postseason Gameday Thread #13: ALCS swing game

Postseason Gameday Thread #13: ALCS swing game

Photo by Friso Gentsch/picture alliance via A finely balanced ALCS moves to Boston for Game 3 Astros @ Red Sox (5:08 pm. FOX) - Series tied 1-1 Line-ups to be announced
19 hours ago
Diamondbacks projected arbitration salaries for 2022

Diamondbacks projected arbitration salaries for 2022

Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via These have been out for a couple of days, and I mentioned them in a Snake Bytes comment, but now I’ve got some more time, I want to take a look at these in a bit more detail. Every year, MLB Trade Rumors runs their model to predict the salaries that arbitration eligible players will end up getting. Until actual numbers are agreed, they’re as good an estimate as you’ll find. They matter, because they are one of the few ways in which the Diamondbacks have complete control over cost, in that they can...
23 hours ago
Snake Bytes: 10/18 - More Dodger Tears

Snake Bytes: 10/18 - More Dodger Tears

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ All is right in the world when the Los Angeles Dodgers lose yet again in walk off fashion. Diamondbacks News ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Around The MLB NLCS: Dodgers @ Braves 4-5 (Series: 0-2) [mlb.com] Braves ‘never quit,’ walk off LA AGAIN in G2 “These guys never quit” “Magic can happen” Bla bla bla, the usual stuff was said after a second consecutive walk-off win from the Braves against the LA Dodgers. That was some poor defending by Trea Turner, man, be honest. But you need some luck in sports and the aggressive running by the Braves was...
Oct 17, 2021
Postseason Gameday Thread #12: X Max the spot...

Postseason Gameday Thread #12: X Max the spot...

The Braves seek to double their lead, the Dodgers look to tie it up. Dodgers @ Braves (4:38 pm, TBS) - Braves lead 1-0 Today's Lineups DODGERS BRAVES Mookie Betts - RF Eddie Rosario - LF Corey Seager - SS Freddie Freeman - 1B Trea Turner - 2B Ozzie Albies - 2B Will Smith - C Austin Riley - 3B Gavin Lux - CF Joc Pederson - RF Chris Taylor - 3B Adam Duvall - CF Cody Bellinger - 1B Travis d'Arnaud - C AJ Pollock - LF Dansby Swanson - SS Max Scherzer - RHP Ian Anderson - RHP Last night’s game was one the Braves had to win, with their ace going...
Oct 17, 2021
Your Saturday Sporcle: 2021 Diamondbacks, Part 2

Your Saturday Sporcle: 2021 Diamondbacks, Part 2

Photo by: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Pitchers. Pitchers EVERYWHERE... And you thought last week’s Sporcle was tough... This time, you need to name the various pitchers used by the Diamondbacks this season. There were a lot of them. Even excluding the five position players pressed into service during one or other of the many blowout losses which littered the season, 36 different pitchers were used by the Diamondbacks over the course of this wretched season. It was truly the embodiment of throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks. The...
Oct 17, 2021
River Rafters 15, Solar Sox 7: Walk this Way

River Rafters 15, Solar Sox 7: Walk this Way

The game was entertaining early, sloppy after that. On a perfect evening at Salt River fields last night, spent with Michael McDermott and gzimmerm right behind home plate, a baseball game was played between the River Rafters and the Mesa Solar Sox. Well at least it resembled one through most of the first 4 innings. Garrett Hill of Detroit started things off by striking out the side in the top of the first, with a little help from the pitch clock. With two strikes on him the second batter Jeremy Eierman (A’s) failed to get back in the box with only 6 seconds left on the...
Oct 17, 2021
Snake Bytes 10/17: Dodger Tears

Snake Bytes 10/17: Dodger Tears

All is right in the world when the Los Angeles Dodgers lose in walk off fashion. NLCS [MLB.com] Riley plays G1 hero with HR, walk-off knock - In best-of-seven postseason series with the current 2-3-2 format, teams winning Game 1 at home have gone on to win the series 62 of 94 times (66%). This excludes 2020, when the LCS and World Series were played at neutral sites... [Austin] Riley stirred the home crowd again in the bottom of the fourth when he hit a two-out, game-tying homer off Tony Gonsolin. Riley’s solo shot brought back memories of the decisive go-ahead homer he hit...
Oct 16, 2021
Postseason Gameday Thread #11: Double header

Postseason Gameday Thread #11: Double header

Photo by Fox Photos/ Two Championship Series games, as the NLCS gets underway Red Sox @ Astros (1:20 pm, FOX) - Astros 1-0 up Today's Lineups RED SOX ASTROS Kyle Schwarber - 1B Jose Altuve - 2B Enrique Hernandez - CF Michael Brantley - LF Rafael Devers - 3B Alex Bregman - 3B Xander Bogaerts - SS Yordan Alvarez - DH Alex Verdugo - LF Carlos Correa - SS J.D. Martinez - DH Kyle Tucker - RF Hunter Renfroe - RF Yuli Gurriel - 1B Kevin Plawecki - C Chas McCormick - CF Christian Arroyo - 2B Martin Maldonado - C Nathan Eovaldi - RHP Luis Garcia...
Oct 16, 2021
Snake Bytes: 10/16 - Let’s Play Two, LCS Edition

Snake Bytes: 10/16 - Let’s Play Two, LCS Edition

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Houston jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the ALCS last night. Today, they will play game two, while the Dodgers and Braves will kick off the NLCS. ALCS Boston 4, Houston 5 (HOU leads 1-0)Neither starter made it out of the third inning. The Red Sox carried a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but Houston’s potent offense was too much for Boston’s bullpen to keep them quiet for 5= innings, as they allowed four runs over the final three frames. Houston Wins Wild Come-from-Behind GameAn abbreviated start by Framber Valdez and some...
Oct 15, 2021
Postseason Gameday Thread #10: ALCS opens

Postseason Gameday Thread #10: ALCS opens

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Let’s hope this one doesn’t end in another #UmpShow Red Sox @ Astros (5:07 pm. FOX) - Series tied 0-0 Line-ups to be announced
Oct 15, 2021
Place Your Bets on the 2021 Diamondbacks: The Reckoning

Place Your Bets on the 2021 Diamondbacks: The Reckoning

Photo by Staff/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Sell! Sell! SELL! 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 bet below, you’ll first get the line. Then, in brackets, the amount wagered over and under by the 29 participating gamblers, rounded to the...
Oct 15, 2021
SnakeBytes 10/15: Dodgers Advance

SnakeBytes 10/15: Dodgers Advance

D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports #RobotUmpsNow Diamondbacks News (Arizona Sports) Arizona Diamondbacks claim former Orioles pitcher Zack Burdi off waivers The 26-year-old right-hander was picked in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox with the 26th overall selection. He made his MLB debut in August of 2020, starting the 2021 season with the White Sox before being waived by them in August. He was then picked up by the Orioles and finished out the rest of the season with Baltimore. (WCSC) Black Rock Coffee Bar is Moving into Arizona...
Oct 14, 2021
Postseason Gameday Thread #9: For all the marbles

Postseason Gameday Thread #9: For all the marbles

Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via The only win-or-go-home game in the Division Series, pits the two teams with the best records in the majors. Dodgers @ Giants (6 pm. TBS) - Series tied 2-2 Today's Lineups DODGERS GIANTS Mookie Betts - RF Tommy La Stella - 2B Corey Seager - SS Darin Ruf - LF Trea Turner - 2B Buster Posey - C Will Smith - C Brandon Crawford - SS Justin Turner - 3B Kris Bryant - CF Gavin Lux - CF Mike Yastrzemski - RF Cody Bellinger - 1B Wilmer Flores - 1B Chris Taylor - LF Evan Longoria - 3B Corey Knebel - RHP Logan Webb - RHP
Oct 14, 2021
The Diamondbacks in 2004 vs 2021: How it all fell apart

The Diamondbacks in 2004 vs 2021: How it all fell apart

Photo by San Diego Padres/MLB via Let’s start by plotting the “progress” of the two teams over the course of the whole season. The chart below shows their record, in terms of games above or below .500, over all 162 games of the season. Those are quite similar charts. In particular, both teams started off in a way that did not suggest they would approach a 60-year high for futility in the National League. After 26 games, this year’s model were above .500, with a record of 14-12 at the end of April. The 2004 team were a couple of games worse off...