Oct 29, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) warms up at the workout day for the World Series game three at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Good Afternoon Arizona Diamondbacks’ fans and Venom Strikes readers! The World Series has shifted to New York and Citi Field where the Mets are faced with a must win game to avoid being down 3-0.
The Mets had a chance to steal home field advantage before being shellacked in game 2 by Johnny Cueto and the Kansas City Royals offense.
The game begins at 5:00 P.M. Arizona time and can be seen on FOX.
Jul 29, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) loses track of a fly ball during the eighth inning of an 8-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
The Sporting News released their 2015 National League and American League All Star Teams and two familiar names are on the list for the senior circuit.
Paul Goldschmidt was named for the second time by Sporting News at first base after previously named in 2013.
Goldy finished the 2015 season with a .321/.435/.570 slash line, 33 HR, 111 RBI and a 8.8 Baseball Reference War. He was the leader of the N.L.’s highest run scoring offense.
As pointed out in my gold glove nominees post, Goldschmidt was as valuable, if not more valuable on defense. According to the SABAR Defense Index, Goldschmidt recorded 9.4 DRS in 2015.
Its clear that Goldschmidt is one of the best and most consistent all-around players in baseball, and he is only going to grow his legacy in the coming years. He is a treat to watch!
A.J. Pollock has taken his game to the next level, and is closing in on “Goldy status.” After a breakout 2014 campaign, Pollock had an even better 2015 finishing with a .315/.367/.478 slash line with 20 HR, 39 stolen bases, and a 7.4 Baseball Reference WAR. Not to mention, he covers so much ground in center-field.
Its only a matter of time before the D-backs become an elite team in the MLB and it’s largely due to the team’s All-Star duo of Goldy and Pollock!
Now its time for the Daily Dose of articles that you might have missed!
D-Backs Off-Season Preview: Improve Rotation, Extend Pollock-Fox Sports Arizona
The Snake Pit has Spoken: D-Backs 2016 Rotation-AZ Snake Pit
Double Plus: No More Mike Leakes-Inside the Zona
Around the MLB:
Spring Training Economic Numbers Elusive-azcentral
Alex Anthopoulus Won’t Return for the 2016 Season–Call to the Pen
Marlins Hire Don Mattingly As Their Next Manager-Call to the Pen
Nationals Hire Bud Black As Their Next Manager-District On Deck