Dbacks embarrassed by Dodgers; Look to avoid fourth straight loss
It was a rough series for the Diamondbacks this weekend. After getting swept by the Dodgers in all 3 games, the Diamondbacks are now 0-5 against LA so far this season.
In no way has this been the type of start that the club was looking for. The 4-11 Dbacks are now dead last in the NL West, trailing the first place Dodgers by 6 games.
The three game series started out pretty poorly Friday night, when the Dbacks were only able to muster up 2 measly hits in a 6-0 loss. The Dodgers can thank Adrian Gonzalez for 5 of those 6 runs, leading the team to victory.
The Dbacks put up more of a fight Saturday night, but were still no match for Adrian Gonzalez and his hot bat. The team may have had more of a chance if Wade Miley did not give up five runs in just five innings.
Sunday afternoon was just another day on the job for Adrian Gonzalez, extending his home run streak to four straight games. It seems as if no Dbacks pitcher can stop this guy right now. While Mark Trumbo hit a 3-run bomb to cut the Dodgers lead in the 7th inning, it was not enough to make up for the poor Diamondback pitching.
Aside from losing a series to a division rival and taking a shot to the pride, the Dbacks have a lot more to worry about. With arguably the worst pitching in the league, fans and the media are beginning to get frustrated with the team’s performance.
The loss of Patrick Corbin for the year has really seemed to shake the pitching rotation, which ranks dead last in the league for ERA (5.95) and quality starts (2). The Dbacks also rank second to last in both WHIP (1.55) and BAA (.283).
The team will either need to pick up a relief pitcher or trade for one. If not, fans can put a stamp on this season and close shop.
Even with mediocre pitching, the Dbacks could have a fair chance the rest of the season just based off of their batting ability. The team ranks 6th in the league with 62 runs and 8th in the league with a .259 batting average.
Most people are unaware of the Dbacks’ impressive hitting skills, as the atrocious pitching often overshadows them. While the team ranks in the top half of the league in batting, their run differential (-32) is dead last in the MLB.
The 1-8 home record is not exactly driving ticket sales either right now. The Dbacks begin a home series with the New York Mets tonight, hoping to end the embarrassing losing skid. If there is any team that the Dbacks may be able to take advantage of right now, it is the 5-7 Mets.
Right-hander Josh Collmenter has the start for the team tonight. Expect the Diamondbacks to take this opening game, avoiding a fourth straight loss.