The Diamondbacks came into Wednesday night’s game against the Dodgers on a 12-game winning streak. Perhaps just as impressively, the club hadn’t trailed in 98 innings, which is only five innings shy of the major league record.
Unfortunately for the D-Backs, their streak ended early as the Dodgers pushed across a run in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Taylor doubled, moved to third on a fly out, and scored on a Cody Bellinger ground out. It’s the first time the club has trailed since the second inning on August 25 against the Giants.
The D-Backs still have plenty of time to keep their winning streak alive, but Taijuan Walker will have to outduel Kenta Maeda.
The Pirates are officially shutting down Chris Archer for the season, GM Neal Huntington revealed Sunday. It’s more of a formality than anything else, but, as the Pirates are currently out of postseason contention, there seems to be no point in forcing the right-hander to accelerate his recovery from right shoulder inflammation.
Archer, 30, sustained the injury in late August and was initially projected to return sometime during September. He’s been throwing from flat ground over the last several weeks, but there had been no indication that he was ready to resume starting duties for the club. He’ll end his 2019 run with a 3-9 record in 23 starts and a 5.19 ERA, 4.1 BB/9, 10.8 SO/9, and 0.7 fWAR across 119 2/3 innings pitched; not his worst performance to date, but a considerable step down from the sub-5.00 ERA and 2.6 fWAR he posted with the Rays and Pirates in 2018.
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Pirates will soon wrap up their fourth consecutive non-contending campaign. Following Saturday’s brutal 14-1 loss to the Cubs, they were mathematically eliminated from postseason qualification. They last reached the playoffs in 2015, though it’s been six years since they advanced past the wild card tiebreaker and 27 years since they advanced past the Division Series.