MLB: Concerns for the Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks brief 3 game home-stand did not go as they planned. After a come from behind win on Friday night, thanks to Paul Goldschmidt’s 3-run homerun, the Diamondbacks dropped the next 2 to the San Francisco Giants. The Giants, who are 5-1 at Arizona this season, won the last two games of the series by a combined score of 16-7.
Arizona’s lead is now only 1.5 games over the Giants and the Rockies.
On Saturday Trevor Cahill was hit hard and gave up eight runs on nine hits in the 10-5 loss. Cahill had to be removed with two out in the fourth inning. The Giants scored six times off Cahill in that inning and he threw a total of 24 pitches. Overall the Diamondbacks have given up 58 runs over the past 50 innings. That includes the 2 games that Patrick Corbin pitched.
Sunday’s game featured a long reliever, Chad Gaudin, for the Giants filling in for the injured Ryan Vogelsong. He struck out seven and walked one intentionally.
During that game, we were looking for Tyler Skaggs to end the streak of forgettable outings by Diamondbacks starters, but that didn’t happen. Skaggs needed six tries to record an out in the top of the first. He gave up four hits and a walk before he recorded an out. Although he only gave up the 2 runs in the first, the Giants scored runs in the third, fourth and fifth. Skaggs ended his outing with eight hits and three walks over five innings; with four strikeouts. He was charged with five runs.
The starting pitching was to be to one the strengths of this year’s team, but lately the Diamondbacks haven’t been very fortunate with their starters. As of this article the rotation is 19th in the Majors and 11th in the National League in ERA.
Beyond Patrick Corbin’s 9-0 record, the staff is 13-20. Brandon McCarthy is on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain and there is no timetable for his return and any hope of Daniel Hudson’s coming back this season ended when he tore the UCL in his right elbow again.
As far as offense, the Diamondbacks are hitting just .248 and are 10-11 against left handed pitching. Over the next 6 games on the road (3 with the Dodgers and 3 with the Padres) the Diamondback hitters will see 4 lefthanders.
On a positive note, the Diamondbacks have won 5 against the Dodgers this year with only 1 loss. Wade Miley is 3-1 against the Dodgers with a 3.19 ERA and is 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA at Dodger Stadium.
I hope to see you at Chase Field when the Diamondbacks come home on June 17th to play the Miami Marlins.
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