Why the Yankees-Sox game was so long

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Bob mentioned Derryl Cousins’ redonkulously small strikezone earlier this morning.  Now Jason at IIATMS has it in visual form.  For those unfamiliar, the green dots were called balls.  Note how much green is in the strikezone.  I’m seeing at least 26 pitches that should have been called strikes. The Yankees and Red Sox are fairly good at drawing walks as it is.  They didn’t need Cousins’ help.  The fans watching certainly didn’t need it.

Based on how bad that zone was, it’s probably worth moderating our “release Smoltz” and “smack Joba in the head” talk at least a little bit this morning.

Diamondbacks say they’re not rebuilding

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Despite losing Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock to free agency, then trading Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals, the Diamondbacks insist they’re not entering a rebuilding mode, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Most likely, this is just the D-Backs saving face publicly given how much contention there has been between ownership and the players’ union over teams aggressively not competing. The D-Backs aren’t expected to be in the running for any of the bigger-name free agents, so it’s going to be very tough to replace the production lost from Corbin, Pollock, Segura, and Goldschmidt. The smart money is still on expecting the D-Backs to continue trading away players like Robbie Ray and David Peralta. Greinke might stay, but only because of his contract, which still has three years and $95.5 million remaining.