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The Pirates (-102) were looking for a rare five-

Postby panxing18 on Thu May 23, 2019 7:52 pm

game sweep of the Brewers on Sunday.But it didn't look like that would happen after Milwaukee took a 5-2 lead in the eighth inning.However , Pittsburgh had a little two-out magic up its sleeve to pull off the improbable walk-off win in extras.In case you missed it, the gambling Gods decided to torture baseball bettors with one of the worst beats of the month yesterday. It was certainly a cruel sendoff to the All-Star break for some.The Pirates (-102) were looking for a rare five-game sweep of the Brewers on Sunday. After Milwaukee struck first on a Travis Shaw solo shot in the second inning, Pitt answered in the third with a Corey Dickerson two-run homer. That blast came with two outs after starter Joe Musgrove reached on an error, which couldn’t have pleased Milwaukee moneyline bettors. Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs (one earned) on just one hit and no walks in 5.1 innings.However, the Brewers got that unearned run back in the sixth, and the game would remain tied (2-2) until the eighth inning ?to the delight of under 7.5 backers.Musgrove then came back out for the eighth, which was a mistake in hindsight. After the righty allowed the first two men to reach, manager Clint Hurdle kept him in ?even after Musgrove walked the bases loaded with two outs.Betting the 2018 Home Run Derby: Staff SelectionsRead nowThat decision backfired, as Brett Phillips smacked a bases-clearing triple to give the Brewers a 5-2 lead. Under and Pitt moneyline bettors had to be screaming at Hurdle for leaving Musgrove on the bump.Considering Milwaukee had Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel available, the Brew Crew should easily close this out, right?Not quite. The Pirates added one in the eighth to pull within two, which sent under 7.5 tickets up in flames.After a scoreless top of the ninth, Knebel (who got the last out in the eighth) came back out for the save. Things got off to a rocky start after singles by Colin Moran and Josh Bell followed by a Max Moroff walk loaded the bases with nobody out. The sweat was now officially on.Just as Milwaukee bettors started to lose hope, Knebel got Jordy Mercer to ground into a double play. A run scored, but the Brewers were now one out away. Knebel then got ahead 1-2 on pinch-hitter David Freese. One strike away, but then …A two-out, two-strike triple to tie the game. Well, at least all hope wasn’t lost, as the Pirates left Freese stranded at third 鈥?and we headed to extra innings.The Brewers wasted no time in extra frames Carlos Lee Jersey , as Phillips struck once again with an RBI single to give Milwaukee a 6-5 lead.Milwaukee then called on Taylor Williams for its second save attempt in as many innings. He did allow a Gregory Polanco single, but retired the two other batters he faced. The Brewers (and their bettors) were once again one out away from victory.Manager Craig Counsell decided to make another pitching change and bring in Dan Jennings, who was greeted by a single. That put runners on first and third with two outs.Bell then came to the plate in the pouring rain. And on a 1-0 count, he smacked a line drive to center that looked like Lorenzo Cain would track down to end the game.But it went over Cain’s head! Now the question is would Moran score from first to win it for Pitt? The throw beat Moran to the plate, but it got past the catcher 鈥?and that gave us the answer in the form of a moose.Raise the Jolly Roger and lower the life expectancy of anybody who bet on the Brewers. At least there’s no baseball to lose money on tonight 鈥?unless you bet the Home Run Derby. Dbacks choose to build for the future by trading the final controllable season of their superstar player."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodLatest NewsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Opinion & AnalysisFirst glimpse of the return from the Paul Goldschmidt tradeNew,50commentsDbacks choose to build for the future by trading the final controllable season of their superstar player. a dismal 2018 given his long track record of being an above-average hitter, but that’s not something to count on either given Avila’s batted ball profile and sudden increase in strikeouts.After being previously blocked by future Hall of Famer Yadier Molina, Kelly now has the opportunity to receive regular playing time in Arizona. Kelly has had 131 plate appearances at the MLB level with sporadic playing time, so I’m not putting much stock in his career .154/.227/.188 batting line in 131 plate appearances. In the last three years, he’s put up a .278/.373/.416 slash with solid strikeout and walk numbers in a 755 PA sample size. If he comes anywhere close to those numbers, that’s a major upgrade offensively to what the position produced in 2018. Kelly only has accumulated 162 days of service time despite multiple call-ups, so the Dbacks control him for the next 6 seasons, although he’ll be arbitration eligible for 4 of them. RHP Luke Weaver:The Diamondbacks also had a hole in their rotation with the team’s best pitcher in 2018 just signing a 6-year deal to joining the Washington Nationals. They had just inked Merrill Kelly last night from the KBO for $5.5M guaranteed. After this trade, the rotation projects to be Zack Greinke (if he’s not traded), Robbie Ray, Zack Godley, Kelly, and Luke Weaver on Opening Day 2019 with Taijuan Walker returning somewhere around the midpoint of the season. The team does have Taylor Clarke, Matt Koch , Jon Duplantier, and Taylor Widener, although each pitcher has their own issues. Duplantier and Widener need more seasoning in the minors while Clarke and Koch having lesser upside as a starting pitcher than Weaver.Weaver projected as a middle of the rotation arm as a prospect, but hasn’t found his footing at the MLB level. After flashing in small samples in 2016 and 2017, Weaver got hit hard in his first full season in 2018. That’s not too uncommon for some pitchers once the league gets another look at him, as Ray found out in 2016. Weaver has a 4-pitch mix: 4-seamer, cutter, curveball, and change-up. The 4-seamer is his primary pitch, as he throws it close to 60% of the time with the change-up as his primary secondary pitch and also the most effective. Despite the quality change-up (once graded as a potential 60 pitch as a prospect), Weaver has weaker platoon splits against LHH although most of his career numbers come from that dismal 2018 season. He also had a bit of a problem pitching in St. Louis with a career 5.34 ERA at Busch Stadium vs. a 4.25 ERA on the road, so a change in scenery could help him out. If Weaver is able to bounceback, the team controls him for 5 seasons and only 3 arbitration eligible seasons (will likely miss the Super Two cutoff by just a few days). INF Andy Young:Young was drafted in the 37th round after his senior year at Indiana State, but has made himself into a solid prospect. Young has a .281/.367/.462 slash in his minor league career, but the numbers are trending upward with a solid 2018 season. After a .276/.372/.444 mark in Class A-Advanced Palm Beach in 351 PA, he looked excellent after a promotion to AA Springfield with a .319/.395/.556 slash in 152 PA. Going from 2017 to 2018, his strikeout rate dropped from 22% to 17% while not hurting his walk rate or power numbers. After a successful 2018 season, the Cardinals sent him to the Arizona Fall League, where he shined the brightest with a .316/.421/.521 slash and 9 XBH (5 2B Jose Altuve Jersey , 1 3B, 3 HR) and a 14/17 BB/K in 89 plate appearances.On my rankings list, Young slides in ahead of Pavin Smith for the #8 spot given that he has some success at the AA level. Over the last two seasons, he’s hit 38 home runs and 78 XBH (33 2B, 7 3B) in 973 PA, so there is some power upside along with a decent walk rate. Defensively he’s likely limited to 2B, where he’s played the bulk of his career. Given that the team doesn’t have a 2B waiting in the wings with Domingo Leyba’s prospect shine fading, that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the long term future of the team. Young likely will head for AA Jackson to start the 2019 season with a potential promotion to AAA Reno if things go well there and could appear in a Diamondbacks uniform as early as the 2020 season. Conclusion:The team filled two major holes on their team after two of their free agents signed with other teams and added a prospect with solid upside in the future on the infield. The team was in the position where they had to either extend or trade Goldy with the team unlikely to contend in 2019 barring some unforeseen circumstance. On top of that, the team will receive the 78th pick of the 2019 draft, giving them 6 picks in the first day of the draft (Own 1st, 26, Corbin Comp Pick, Own 2nd, Own CBB, STL CBB) and likely 6 if A.J. Pollock signs with another team for more than $50M, which is a number the Diamondbacks should offer to Pollock to ensure they at least get the draft pick or the player. It’s the type of move that sucks for fans given that Goldy was the face of the franchise, but a move they needed to make in order because letting Goldschmidt walk for only a Top 40 pick just to play him on a non-contending team is a bigger mistake.
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