MLB: AZ Diamondbacks Last 38 Games
There are 38 games left in the 2013 season for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the final two games with the Cincinnati Reds are turning out to be very crucial. This being mid-August and the standings shaping up the way they are, this is the time for Diamondbacks to find a way to win these last two games against the Reds.
Yes the Diamondbacks still have seven games with the Dodgers in the middle of September; but if the Diamondbacks are going to stay in the race for a playoff spot it has to start with Wednesday’s night game and Thursday’s get-away day game and give this team momentum going into Philadelphia.
We all know the Diamondbacks have work to do, but games like Tuesday night’s win can be season changers. Even the previous series at home against the Orioles, with walk-off wins, certainly add momentum. When teams are in playoff races, players love August and September. Those that had been slumping seem to find a way to get the base hits needed, make outstanding defensive plays and rally around anything to keep the energy going.
Let’s look at some players who will have to get in that “groove” in order for the seven games left with the Dodgers will be meaningful.
Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy are the two pitchers that need to change it around for this team to make a playoff run, and they might as well do it against the Reds. Both are scheduled to pitch the final two games against the Reds. Both need to pitch past the 5th inning and find the strike zone. Both have had an injury-filled disappointing season thus far; but winning their next two starts could help the momentum of the entire Diamondbacks pitching staff.
If either or both cannot get back to their “better pitching days,” will Tyler Skaggs be able to step in and be consistent? Will Kirk Gibson keep Brad Ziegler in the closer’s role or is Gibson confident that J. J Putz has finally recovered from his arm troubles? Questions remain about the Diamondback pitching staff.
When Miguel Montero comes off the DL he needs to get out of his season-long slump and provide timely hitting. He must also play better defensively.
Martin Prado has been on a torrid pace as of late and needs to continue that into September. Prado has been able to get hits with runners in scoring position recently; and we know how difficult that has been all season for the Diamondbacks.
Has Adam Eaton finally figured out how to be that lead-off- hitter everyone was hoping for? Eaton is batting .308; 12 for 39 with one home run, two doubles, five RBI and seven runs in his August games.
How about Matt Davidson? Will he be this year’s player called up from the minors and get on a “hot” streak to help his team make the playoffs? (Manny Machado of the Orioles was able to do that in August 2012; helping to carry Baltimore into the playoffs).
Even if you do not think the playoffs are in reach this year, cheer on the Diamondbacks as they put forth their best effort! This season has gone by too quickly and we don’t have much time left. And as you know; anything can happen in baseball these final 38 games.
I hope to see you at the ball park.
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