Twins second baseman Brian Dozier made a play reminiscent of Phillies second baseman Chase Utley’s famous throw in the 2008 World Series.
In the third inning, the Rockies had runners on first and second with two outs and Justin Morneau at the plate. Morneau ripped a Kevin Correia offering back up off the middle, which slightly deflected off of Correia’s glove. Dozier, who was playing a few feet into right field, ranged over towards shallow center field to corral the ball before making an off-balance throw to home plate. The ball arrived in plenty of time for catcher Eric Fryer to apply the tag to Charlie Blackmon for the out.
Fryer was a bit slow in tagging Blackmon, however, so the play went to replay review and the out was ultimately upheld. Here’s the video:
Utley’s play in the 2008 World Series still wins in a contest between the two since A) it was the World Series and B) Utley deked.
With just over a week left in the regular season, the Diamondbacks have elected to shut down infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte. Marte has been dealing with some lower back inflammation and stiffness over the last few days; on Friday, the team revealed that he was diagnosed with a stress reaction as well.
It doesn’t look as though the injury will compromise Marte’s 2020 campaign, but as Craig noted on Wednesday, his absence will likely have some effect on his NL MVP candidacy. The 25-year-old will wrap his first All-Star season with a .329/.389/.592 batting line, 32 home runs, a .981 OPS, and a staggering, career-best 7.1 fWAR through 628 plate appearances.
Marte told reporters Thursday that the back pain had been an issue “for the past two months,” though he didn’t comment on the severity of the injury. Despite his ability to play through the pain since July, the issue has clearly escalated in the last week or so. Although the loss of their most valuable contributor may have a negative impact on the D-backs’ chances of competing in the postseason, it’s undeniably a wise move to let Marte recuperate rather than pushing him to play for another week and running the risk of further injury.
Entering Friday’s series against the Padres — their last road series of the regular season — Arizona still has a sizable gap to close in order to earn one of two NL wild card spots. They’re five games out of postseason contention, with the Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Mets, and Phillies ahead of them.