The Arizona Diamondbacks are 5-1. That alone isn’t that surprising. This is a team that we all rightfully expected to be good. What is shocking is that the Diamondbacks are 5-1 with almost no contribution from their likely MVP-Candidate, Justin Upton.
Following Thursday night’s win against the Padres in which Upton went 0-3, he is now 2-18 to start the season, hitting just .143 with no RBI, no home runs and 2 runs–ironically, Upton’s on-base percentage is a respectable .381 since he has walked 6 times in the 5 games he’s played in. By now, we all know that Upton is among the best players in the game and there is little reason to worry about a 5 game slump to start the season. The only concern with Upton is if there is any lingering effects from his jammed thumb suffered in Sunday’s game. He missed Tuesday’s game and is a combined 0-6 since his return.
One of Upton’s outfield partners, Chris Young, has been off to an equally surprising start–only in a positivie sense. Coming off a year in which he lacked consistency despite flasing his well known potential, Young has started the season 8-22 for a .364 average. He’s already hit 3 home runs and knocked in 7. Young has been tremendous and is delivering some key hits at crucial times to start the season. He homered in the 8th on Thursday to give the D-Backs a much needed insurance run in their game against the Padres and also hit the winning home run in the 11th against them on Tuesday.
If the starts were reversed and Upton started hot and Young cold, it wouldn’t be that surprising. However, Young has parlayed his hot spring into a hot start and perhaps it’s a sign of what this season will be like. There’s little doubt that Upton will come along, and if Young continues to produce the way he is right now, the D-Backs will be even better than they have during their near perfect start to the year.