Jake Barrett held out hope.
The Diamondbacks waited until Wednesday to announce the playoff roster and the former Desert Ridge star didn’t make the 25-man roster for the one-game National League Wild Card Game at Chase Field.
The Arizona State product was left off the roster that included nine pitchers in addition to starter Zack Greinke.
A tough stretch at the end of the season most likely sealed the 26-year-old right-hander’s fate as he allowed too many baserunners over the last two months after a strong start.
“I’ve learned a lot about myself, facing new guys from last year,” said Barrett, who made his major league debut last season. “My biggest thing was walking people. I have to clear that up. You have to keep learning and that’s what I have to do at this point.”
Barrett finished with a 1-1 record with a 5.00 ERA in 28 games. He pitched 27 innings, allowed 27 hits, seven home runs, 15 walks and had 26 strikeouts as hitters hit .260.
It was a turn for the worse compared his rookie year when he had a 3.96 ERA in 59 1/3 innings that included four saves and 1-2 record. He walked only 28 and allowed only six home runs.
The final numbers were not pretty, but he started out great after beginning the year in the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.
He was called up the first week of July and over his first 14 outings Barrett had a 0.69 ERA covering 13 innings. Over that time span he allowed nine hits, walked five and struck out 15.
From August 10 on he had ERA of 9.00 (14 ER in 14 IP), allowed 18 hits, walked 10 and struck out 11.
“As a reliever as soon as you’re done with an outing, you just look forward to the next day,” he said.
He said the Diamondbacks bullpen had a great atmosphere this season.
“it’s been fun,” he said. “There are some characters down there. These guys are great and we feed off each other.”
Relief ace Archie Bradley said Barrett is among those characters biding their time before getting the call into a game.
“He is kind of goofy, and a lot of people don’t see that,” Bradley said. “He has a big, loud laugh that gets everyone’s attention. He’s a quiet, funny guy, if that make sense.”
Barrett hopes to make a little more noise next season.
“It was tough starting the year with a bum shoulder,” he said. “I worked my way back and found my groove, then I hit that rough spot. I gained experience. We have good people (in the front office) and you want to perform for him and do what you have to do.”
Not only do the Diamondbacks and Rockies share the same spring training complex, play each other multiple times in the month of March and 19 times in the regular season, a couple of former Diamondbacks play a prominent role for the Rockies.
Mark Reynolds ended up becoming the everyday first baseman after the Ian Desmond experiment didn’t work out. Reynolds, who played from the D-backs from 2007-10, hit .267 with 30 home runs and 97 RBIs.
“What Mark did, especially in the first half of the season was outstanding,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “The second half, he held his own and got some big hits for us in big spots.”
It was arguably his best overall season since 2009 with Diamondbacks when he hit .260 with 44 home runs and 102 RBIs.
Gerardo Parra, who played for the D-backs from 2009-2013, hit a career-best .309 (fifth in the National League) with 10 home runs and 71 RBIs in 115 games for his first career .300 season. The left fielder had a great July in which he hit .433.
With Robbie Ray coming out of the pen, Game 1 starter for the National League Division Series just might fall to Zach Godley on Friday.
Zack Greinke threw 58 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, and Ray followed him with 2 1/3 innings and 34 pitches.
Godley was 1-1 with a 3.83 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers during the regular season.
Ketel Marte’s two triples were a first for a Diamondbacks player. No player had done it since Mariano Duncan for the 1993 Phillies in the NLCS against the Braves. … Paul Goldschmidt has three career postseason home runs for the third most behind Luis Gonzalez (4) and Chris Young (5). … Ray’s appearance was the fourth relief outing of his major-league career.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.