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Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Mark Melancon picked up his 18th save of the season on Wednesday in the 5-2 win over the Houston Astros. In his inning of work, Melancon didn't allow a hit or a run while walking none and striking out none. Melancon has a 4.67 ERA (4.04 FIP) and a 1.54 WHIP on the year, but he's been better in the season's final month, posting a 2.70 ERA (5.82 FIP) with a save and four strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect another save before the end of the regular season, though, as the 37-year-old's previous save before Wednesday night came all the way back on Aug. 17.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfield prospect Dominic Canzone was selected in the eighth round of the 2019 draft. The Ohio State product plays a blend of outfield and first base, and while he has a solid glove, his arm ranks well below average. Still, Canzone's bat has looked quite impressive, so don't be surprised if the Diamondbacks find a permanent defensive home for Canzone (either at first base or in left field) just to insert his offensive production into the lineup. Most notably, the 25-year-old has demonstrated fantastic power while posting solid walk and strikeout rates. Canzone impressed through five games in the minors this past week, going 8-for-20 (.400) with four homers, nine RBI, three walks, and just two strikeouts. His best game came last Tuesday as he went yard twice and stroked two singles.
The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned rookie outfielder Alek Thomas to Triple-A Reno after Sunday's game and reinstated outfielder Jake McCarthy from the bereavement list in a corresponding move. In his first 113 big-league games, Thomas has struggled with the lumber, hitting .231/.275/.344 with eight home runs, 39 RBI, 45 runs scored, four stolen bases and 74 strikeouts in 381 at-bats. He's been especially bad this month, going 7-for-55 (.127) with no homers, four RBI and nine strikeouts in 18 games. McCarthy was unavailable last weekend but should return to the starting lineup for the start of a series on Tuesday against the Houston Astros. The 25-year-old left-handed hitter has hit a solid .288/.352/.446 with eight homers, 41 RBI, 49 runs and 19 stolen bases in 91 games in his second MLB season.
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Drey Jameson turned in another strong outing on Sunday, scattering five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 shutout frames against the San Francisco Giants. The 25-year-old also struck out five batters and logged 13 swinging strikes on 87 pitches. Six of his swinging strikes came via his four-seam fastball, while five were thanks to his slider. Jameson finished the day with a 29% CSW rate. He's now given up just two earned runs in three starts spanning 18 1/3innings this season, good for a 0.98 ERA. The rookie also won two of his starts and is sporting a 2.95 FIP to go along with 17 strikeouts and five walks allowed.
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner will not pitch again this season, according to manager Torey Lovullo. Lovullo told reporters that there is nothing wrong with the veteran southpaw and that he's not injured. Bumgarner is coming off a strong six-inning effort against the Dodgers in his previous start and will end the season on a high note. The D-Backs want to take a look at some of their younger arms before the year is over, so the veteran Bumgarner will end his year with a 4.88 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 112:49 K:BB over 158 2/3 innings on the year.