Diamondbacks release former ROY Bobby Crosby

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It was pretty much a given that none of the three players the Diamondbacks got from the Pirates in the Chris Snyder salary dump would turn into long-termers in Arizona. Bobby Crosby just happened to be the first to go, as he was released Tuesday to make room for Ryan Roberts on the roster.
Crosby received just 12 at-bats during his time in Arizona, collecting two doubles and two RBI. Overall, he’s hit .220/.294/.298 in 168 at-bats for the Pirates and Diamondbacks this season.
The 2004 AL Rookie of the Year with the A’s, Crosby started getting hurt as a sophomore and has played in 100 games in a season just once since. He posted an 802 OPS in 84 games in 2005, but he came in at 636, 619, 645 and 652 in his final four seasons in Oakland. This year will go down as his worst yet.
The other two players the Diamondbacks picked up, right-hander D.J. Carrasco and outfielder Ryan Church, haven’t fared any better. Carrasco has allowed 11 runs — five earned — and walked eight in 8 2/3 innings for his new team. Churck is 4-for-19 with one RBI and nine strikeouts. Neither is likely to open next season in the organization.

Battle of the Aces: Max Scherzer takes on Clayton Kershaw tonight

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I hope you don’t have any plans tonight at around 10PM Eastern time, because that’s when we get a pitching matchup for the ages as Max Scherzer will take on Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. When they meet tonight it will be the first time two pitchers with three or more Cy Young Awards have matched up since 2006. That year, and in 2005 and 2000, Roger Clemens faced Greg Maddux. In 2001 Clemens faced Pedro Martinez.

Kershaw won his hardware in 2011, 2013 and 2014, with an MVP award in 2014 to boot. Scherzer collected trophies in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Each has started the 2018 season in Cy Young form. Kershaw is 1-2, but that record is due to poor run support. He has a 1.73 ERA and has struck out 31 batters and has walked only three in 26 innings. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA and a whopping 38 strikeouts to only 4 walks in 27 innings.

This will be the third time that Kershaw and Scherzer faced each other if you include the playoffs. The first meeting was a decade ago when both were rookies. They most recently faced off in Game 1 of the 2016 NLDS, way back when Scherzer only had one Cy Young Award to his credit. Kershaw beat Scherzer in that playoff game and the Dodgers beat Scherzer’s teams in the two regular season matchups, with neither guy setting the world on fire. As so often happens in baseball, the hype hasn’t been matched by reality.

Still, there’s always a chance it will. And even if, in the end, this turns into a slugfest, the first couple of innings should at least give us some hope of something good. I’ll be watching.