Time for the Dbacks Hitters to Step Up
What was that loud screeching noise I heard last night? Was that the bandwagon coming to a stop and fans jumping off? Yes, the Diamondbacks are not playing as well as the fans had hoped; I’m not saying it’s time to panic yet; but with the Diamondbacks losing their fifth straight game, it is safe to say fans are becoming concerned.
When pre-season predictions were made, we heard that the San Francisco Giants were the team with no hitting and all pitching; but with the Diamondbacks hitting just .223 overall at this point, you would think the predictors meant the Diamondbacks. With Justin Upton’s injuries and Chris Young out due to a shoulder injury; it might be true that the Diamondbacks are currently an “all pitching” team. Now is the time for Jason Kubel, Ryan Roberts and yes even Paul Goldschmidt to step up and carry this team until Upton and Young are healthy again. Kubel was signed (and named the left field starter over fan favorite and Gold Glove winner, Gerado Parra), for his power; but he has just 1 homerun and a batting average at around .250 as of last Saturday. Through the first 15 games Jason Kubel, Ryan Roberts and Paul Goldschmidt have combined for 3 homeruns and 18 RBI. During spring training fans were questioning whether last year might have been a career year for Ryan Roberts and whether Paul Goldschmidt might suffer a “sophomore” slump.
No team likes to be in a slump or in the middle of a losing streak, but if it does happen, it is best to get it out of the way early in the season. The hitting will come around for the Diamondbacks and when it does the pitching will still be strong. Just like last year, this team will recover and put together a nice long streak. So climb back on the bandwagon and I will see you at the ballpark.