Nationals 4, D-Backs 3: The Elusive Sweep Squirms Away – AZ Snake Pit
Corbin Martin struggled to consistently pitch, the bats failed to capitalize on 13 at-bats with RISP, and a combination of sloppy play and lack of execution eliminated any possibility of a D-back sweep from a struggling Nats team.
Corbin Martin fails to capture empty rotation slot in D-Backs loss (azcentral.com)
Perhaps most concerning was Martin’s inability to rely on his curveball, which he sees as key to complementing a heavy fastball/change-up arsenal. “It wasn’t a pitch he felt good about today,” said Lovullo. Ultimately, he only used it six times, resulting in a touch, two hard-hit lineouts, and an RBI single.
D-Backs fail to pick up key hit, leave 13 runners on board and lose to Nationals (arizonasports.com)
“I felt like we did a lot of things right in this game today, except for the goals, and we had chances to score and blow up that game, but it just didn’t happen,” Lovullo said.
Corbin Martin advocates rotation of D-Backs (mlb.com)
Martin did not see his performance as an improvement over his recent strong work. He didn’t attack the zone nearly enough, throwing 36 strikes and 35 balls.
“I feel like I got away from that today and tried to overdo it and put myself in a situation where I have to go back quite a bit,” Martin said.
Nationals react to D-backs LHP Madison Bumgarner’s “clown” comment (arizonasports.com)
I’m in the Nationals though, what did Robles really do?
D-backs injuries and roster changes (mlb.com)
- Recall of RHP Corbin Martin from Triple-A Reno; Option for RHP Edwin Uceta.
- Zach Davies threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on July 19, then completed a 35-pitch session on July 22, after which manager Torey Lovullo said the right-hander “felt really good” and with his pitches, ” dotted”. . The next step for Davies will be facing batsmen, although it has not yet been determined when that will happen.
- On July 22, after numerous attempts to initiate a throwing program, Humberto Castellanos continued to feel tenderness in his elbow. Manager Torey Lovullo said the team “has pulled back a little to add to that volume and we’re just reading and responding as far as he feels day-to-day.” Castellanos is progressing at a slower pace than the club initially expected after he was placed on the injured list on June 1.
Around the MLB
MLB Weekend Recap: Red Sox def. by Blue Jays; Aaron Judge extends home run lead; Cubs sweep Phillies – CBSSports.com
The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Atlanta Braves on Sunday and won 9-1 in the finals. Along the way, the Angels broke an absurd stretch where they hadn’t won a game started by any pitcher other than Shohei Ohtani since June.
Hall of Famers Welcome Class of 2022 (mlb.com)
David Ortiz, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Bud Fowler and Negro Leagues legend Buck O’Neil have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
David Ortiz inducted into Hall of Fame (mlb.com)
“The Twins didn’t release me for talent,” Ortiz said. “They released me on the basis of salary. They were a small market team.”
Cardinals blacklist Goldschmidt, Arenado and Romine; Matz placed on 15-day injured list – MLB trade rumors
Goldy doesn’t believe in the COVID vaccine.
League, MLBPA Exchange Proposals on International Draft – MLB Trade Rumors
July 25 is the deadline for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association to agree on an international player draft that would replace the current international signing system and end the major league free agent qualifying bidding system.
MLB Prospect Watch: Who will be the first draftee to reach the majors in 2022? – CBSSports.com
Better call Ben Joyce ASAP before that guy blows your arm out indefinitely. And since this is an angelic prospect, that will likely happen sooner rather than later.
Marlin’s Roster Moves – MLB Trade Rumors
The Marlins moved former D-Back prospect Jazz Chisholm to 60-Day IL. The Bahamian native has a stress fracture in his back, which doesn’t sound very good. Perhaps trade will tip back towards the D-backs.
Across the Pacific
New stadium in Hsinchu opens to a packed house (Taiwan)
Ex-Keidanren chief Sakakibara to become next NPB commissioner (Japan)
Kansai Electric Power Co. Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara, 79, former president of Toray Industries Inc. and chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), will be the next commissioner of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization. Sakakibara will succeed Atsushi Saito, becoming the second consecutive commissioner to come from the business world.
KBO sees biggest win ever as Tigers defeat Giants 23-0 (Korea)
The Tigers – and also the Giants, but for less favorable reasons – made KBO history with a 23-0 win at Busan’s Sajik Baseball Stadium on Sunday. The dominant performance secured the Tigers their biggest-ever winning margin in a KBO game, beating the previous record of 22 runs set by the Samsung Lions in a 27-5 win over the LG Twins in 1997 and tying himself with the Giants’ 23-1 win over the Doosan Bears in 2014.
Across the Atlantic
Three-time World Series winner Bruce Bochy leads France in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier
French-born Bochy retired from MLB in 2019 after 13 seasons with the San Francisco Giants. A three-time World Series winner in 2010, 2012, and 2014 with the Giants, Bochy was named 1996 National League Manager of the Year.
The agreement was in effect back in 2019, but COVID prevented Bochy from taking the helm.
He will face a tough task staying ahead of Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic.
over the wall
MLB star Nelson Cruz becomes GM of the Dominican Republic national team
“I understand there is a lot of talk about the first time in the history of the World Baseball Classic that an active player is serving as general manager,” Cruz said during a news conference.
Puerto Rico names former MLB and NPB player Eduardo Perez as the new GM of the national baseball team
The Puerto Rican Baseball Association has named Eduardo Perez as general manager of the national team. The first task of the new general manager would be to appoint the skipper of the national team. He led Puerto Rico to fourth place at the 2009 Baseball World Cup. Perez is currently an ESPN baseball analyst.