Diamondbacks Report 05/14/2012
In 2011 the Diamondbacks went 51-30 at home, which led them to the National League West Division Crown. When the 2012 season began the Diamondbacks beat the Giants 3 straight, but the Diamondbacks have gone from one of the best home teams in baseball to one of the worst.
Since the opening day series they have lost five consecutive home series and, after losing five of six this week, have fallen to 7-12 at home. The San Diego Padres are the only other team with a worse record at home. The Diamondbacks have fallen nine games behind the division leading LA Dodgers.
The Diamondbacks have been in an offensive “tailspin” since leading hitter Chris Young hurt his shoulder in early April. While there have been positive signs, they have struggled with consistency. The Diamondbacks have scored two or fewer runs in 11 games since Young has been out of the lineup. The Diamondbacks have several players struggling at the plate, but none more than Justin Upton. Upton went 0 for 3 on Sunday; his batting average is now down to .225. In May, he is hitting .200 with one home run and four RBIs. The Diamondbacks will need more from him, especially with Chris Young out of the lineup, possibly until early June.
The Diamondbacks have not had timely pitching lately either. Joe Saunders has had two rough outings in a row, after a fast start to the season. He gave up six runs in five innings in his last start. After only allowing five earned runs in his first five starts, Saunders has given up 12 in his last two. Ian Kennedy and Trevor Cahill have struggled as well.
You are starting to see the frustration. This team is going through a bad stretch, but remember baseball is a 162 game season of adjustments. This team is working hard and trying hard, however it is not all coming together at the moment. Last year at this time the Diamondbacks went on a 15 win and only 3 loss run; that put them in the thick of the Division race for the remainder of the season. Can this year’s team turn things around and catch up with the Dodgers? I hope to see you at the ballpark and we will find out.