Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Diamondbacks might have walked away with a surprise win on Friday if only they hadn’t gone 1-for-17 with RISP. In fact, three of their five runs scored without a hit with RISP. While I am not sure firing Darnell Coles was the right move, it is those sorts of performances that make the decision an easy one to defend.
It’s easy to continue to lament how poorly the Diamondbacks are playing in clutch situations and failing miserably to hit with RISP. On the other hand, it would be disingenuous to overlook the fact that Shohei Ohtani is sort of good at baseball, both on the mound and in the field.