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PHOENIX — Dodger Stadium again this season is ranked as one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the National League.Mostly when the Los Angeles Dodgers pitch http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-miguel-rojas-jersey , it seems.The Dodgers have hit a franchise-record 227 homers this season, setting a team record for the second consecutive year, and they had one more — on the road — from Cody Bellinger on Tuesday, but the Diamondbacks hit the one that mattered.Article continues below ...Eduardo Escobar’s walkoff in the last of the ninth inning gave them a 4-3 victory and trimmed the Dodgers’ lead in the NL West to one-half over the Colorado Rockies. The teams are even in the loss column. The Dodgers have four games remaining. The Rockies have five.“It’s always the best way to win a game,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.While the Dodgers continue to peak, the Diamondbacks got a small reprieve from their uncharacteristically subdued offense as the teams prepare for the final contest of a three-game series Wednesday, when Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling (8-5, 2.84 ERA) is to face Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke (14-11, 3.21).Reserve Max Muncy leads the Dodgers with 33 homers (in only 378 at-bats) and Cody Bellinger, Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez, Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig have between 21 and 24. Justin Turner has 13 in 98 games after missing two months with an injury. Manny Machado has 13 of his career-high 37 since joining the Dodgers.“Am I surprised? Probably not,” Roberts said.“If you look at our lineup and our position players, there are a lot of guys who can slug. We have a lot of good players. That’s great. That wins baseball games. But for me, it’s the detail of grinding at-bats. There was a fly ball to the left fielder (Monday) that I think was the best at-bat of the night.”After Turner flew out to left field to end an 11-pitch at-bat in the fifth inning Monday, Machado homered to tie the game at 2. The Dodgers won 7-4.Not to be overlooked, the Dodgers also lead the NL in pitches seen per plate appearance at just over four per. Grandal, Bellinger, Chris Taylor and Muncy are in the top 17 among players who have seen at least 1,900 pitches. Hernandez and Turner also are above four Bryan Holaday Jersey , and both have seen more than 1,600 pitches.“You have homers, but there are a lot of at-bats outside of those ‘x’ amount of homers that we hit this year that are very important. I like to appreciate those are important at-bats, too,” Roberts said.Arizona, meanwhile, has struggled to put up the kind of offensive numbers it is accustomed to.The Diamondbacks have 676 runs, ninth in the NL league, and are on pace to average about 4.3 runs, a 17 percent decrease from 2017. David Peralta has had a career year offensively, as has the middle infield combination of Ketel Marte and Nick Ahmed. Paul Goldschmidt was his consistent self.But the loss of free agent J.D. Martinez could not be overcome, injuries to 30-homer third baseman Jake Lamb, A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr., and the addition of the humidor could be factors in the decrease.“It hasn’t been anything that I expected because this group is so talented,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.“This group is so gifted with their ability to set up pitchers and score runs in bunches and blow teams away. For some reason we’ve lacked that. Why? I don’t know. We’ve tried just about everything. Things that I’ve shared with you. Things that I have not shared with you. Just nothing has really seemed to give us a push and be as consistent as we had hoped we would be.”The Diamondbacks have scored fewer runs only once in their last 10 years, in their 69-win season in 2014 that brought a managerial and front office change.“Pitching and defense kind of carried us,” Lovullo said. “It would be nice to see everything function at the same time. I’m disappointed that we didn’t met the expectations. We were spoiled last year. We had a really good offensive team.”Stripling has lost his last two outings, going 3 1/3 innings each time. He missed most of August with a back injury and the Dodgers have taken it slowly on his return. He has made six early-season appearances against Arizona, five in relief and an April 30 start in which he gave up four runs in four innings of an 8-5 loss. He is 0-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 10 career games at Chase Field.Greinke will make his final start of the season Wednesday, his last chance to get to the 15-win plateau for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. He won 13 games in 2016, his first season with the Diamondbacks Brad Ziegler Jersey , after missing two months with an oblique injury.Greinke is 2-1 with a 4.12 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season and is 6-5 with a 3.83 ERA against them in 14 career starts. The New York Yankees shouldn't be expected to stop at one blockbuster move this winter. They have a score to settle with the Boston Red Sox, and they have the assets to pursue upgrades for exactly that purpose.Still, there's no harm in pushing them to pull off one in particular. In this case, the target is Corey Kluber.For now, the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner is merelya target. Kluber is available as the Cleveland Indians deal with "market constraints," according to ESPN's Buster Olney.Per Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Yankees met with them at the general managers' meetings Tuesday:Jon Heyman JonHeymanYankees have interest in Kluber, Carrasco and Paxton in addition to free agent targets Corbin, Happ and CC. NYY meeting with at least Indians today.Though the Yankees have already re-signed veteran left-hander CC Sabathia, their interest in Kluber fits with their desire to add more pitching however they can."I think we'll just gravitate to anything that will make sense," GM Brian Cashmantold reporters. "It could be a combination; something could make sense via trade in the same category as free agency. I'm interested in adding more than one pitcher. I need to, I think, add multiple. If I can do so, we'll see."Where Kluber is concerned, the hard part is convincing the Indians to even consider shipping him to New York.Generally speaking, a team doesn't make a guy like Kluber available unless it's looking to tear it all down and rebuild. But this isn't that. As MLB.com'sJordan Bastiandiscussed, the Indians are merely keeping their options open. They're not giving up on contending.This points to a dilemma: Why would they trade one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball to a top AL rival, much less one that outpaced them by nine wins in 2018?The price would have to be very, very right for the Indians to even consider it.At the least, the Yankees would have to take on Kluber's entire remaining contract. It pays him $17 million in 2019, and the Yankeeswould be obligatedto accept or decline his 2020 and 2021 options (valued at $35.5 million total) following the 2019 World Series.The Indians would also need the Yankees to fill some of their immediate needs. A Kluber trade would open up one of those in their rotation. The Indians also need outfielders. The Yankees don't have much to suit Cleveland on either front.And yet http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-rod-carew-jersey , there might be a deal to be made if the Yankees arewilling to sacrifice their best young players outside of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar. Coincidentally, these include left-handerJustus Sheffield (MLB.com's No. 31 prospect) and slugging outfielder Clint Frazier, who originated in Cleveland's system. Outfield prospect Estevan Florial (No. 45) would also have to be involved.The Yankees might balk at that, given that their pitching alternatives include James Paxton and free agents such as Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ.Or, they could see it as a chance to get the actual Corey Kluber.Tony Dejak/Associated PressKluber has been a steadier presence than any other AL pitcher since 2014. He's put up a 2.85 ERA with a 5.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 1,091.1 innings. He's amassed 32.5 wins above replacement, according to Baseball Reference. Chris Sale is next at 27.4.There is some danger in focusing too hard on these numbers, as they don't entirely reflect what Kluber isright now.He'll turn 33 on April 10, and he's coming off an age-32 season in which cracks started to form. His average fastball dipped to career-low 92 mph. Lo and behold, both his overall contact and hard contact ratesticked up.And yet, Kluber still put up a 2.89 ERA over 215 innings, including a strong 3.29 ERA in 115 innings outside of the pitiful AL Central. To boot, the expected production off him鈥攂ased on quality of contact鈥攚as roughly the same as that of fellow AL Cy Young Award finalist Blake Snell.What happened was a case of Kluber transitioning into a life as the AL's very own Zack Greinke. The stuff may be going, but he just plain knows how to pitch.Though Kluber's arm slot is getting lower over time, he still repeats his delivery and maintains a consistent release point. If nothing else, that's keeping him from getting himself into trouble. He walked 4 percent of the batters he faced in 2018, best in the AL.What's more, Kluber pulled this off despite pitching within the strike zone with a career-low 48.2 percent of his pitches. He succeeded in making hitters chasehis pitches. Acareer-high36.1 percent of swings against him expanded the zone.Those swings ensured that, despite the fact Kluber's contact ratewent up,it stayed below the MLB average. And altogether, Kluber collected more outs on pitches outside the strike zone than all but six other pitchers.It might be tempting to more quickly blame hitters than credit Kluber for that. But the sheer movement of his three primary pitches鈥攖wo-seamer Brian Dozier Jersey , cutter and slider鈥攔emains outstanding. He's also a master at setting hitters up, which Rob Friedman captured here:Rob Friedman PitchingNinjaCorey Kluber, 3 Pitch Sequence.First two are Two Seamers off the plate/balls, but see how it sets up the Cutter.So, when you yell: WHY ARE YOU SWINGING AT THAT?Thats why. 6Ykd2AawVZAnd as always, Kluber was especially lethal against right-handed batters in 2018. He held righties to a .575 OPS. Out of all right-handers who faced at least 300 righty batters, that was the best of any AL hurler.This is worth focusing on because of the specific competition that will be standing between the Yankees and the World Series in 2019: the Red Sox and Houston Astros. Between Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer, they pack some serious righty thunder.Again, it does nobody any good to ignore the complications of the Yankees trading for Kluber. It's a long shot on a practicality basis, and they wouldn't be getting Kluber at his peak.But when it comes down to it, he's the best pitcher who's reasonably available this winter.If the Yankees are going to pay a fortune for a pitching upgrade no matter what, it's best if they try and pay a large fortune for Kluber than a smaller fortune for anyone else.Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs, Brooks Baseball and Baseball Savant.

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