Jul. 9, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers base runner Andre Ethier (16) slides into second base as Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill leaps for a bad throw in the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A Season That Once Showed Promise Is Now A Season To Forget

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All in all, every regular season comes down to the question of which teams will make the postseason. On July 7, the Arizona Diamondbacks looked like one of those teams. They had won five straight, and led the Los Angeles Dodgers by 4 1/2 games for first place in the National League West – they were cruising. Fast-foward almost exactly one month, and the D-Backs currently trail the Dodgers by six games and have won just two games in their last eight tries. The team which showed so much promise throughout the first half of the season is, to put it lightly, struggling.

One of the team’s biggest issues in the second half of the season thus far has been their offense. Before the All-Star break, Arizona was shutout just one time. Since the break, which has not even been one full month yet, they have been shutout not once, not twice, but three times. No matter how good the pitching is, if a lineup can’t produce runs, the team can’t win.

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Since June 8, shortstop Didi Gregorius is hitting a lowly .202 (23 for 114) with just four extra-base hits. Outfielder Gerardo Parra‘s averaged has dipped from .283 to .266 since the break and has recorded just one RBI. Numbers like these will just not get it done and unless multiple hitters can simultaneously catch fire, 2013 is looking like a lost cause.

On Tuesday night, the Snakes begin an eight game homestand against the Tampa Bay Rays, one which can define their season. Is it possible that the D-Backs can get a hot streak together and reach October baseball? Sure. But will it actually happen? No. They had a nice run, but were just unable to sustain it. See you in 2014, Arizona Baseball.

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  • Noah Dougherty

    While those two have struggled, the good news is the Cody Ross has been significantly better:.339 last 30 days, and Martin Prado has been much improved too: .329 last 30 days. Those are two bats that the Dbacks were leaning on and now it looks like they’re getting some production out of them.

    I still say keep Parra in the lead off spot. He is hitting .285 there on the year. He earned that spot over Eaton.

  • Jeremy Dougherty

    Now that’s the spirit?! Things get tough, lets just turn French and run. You do realize it’s August right? And that we are 6 games back not 16? And that baseball goes through September?

    You do watch baseball right? And the Diamondbacks? It seems as if you do but it’s surprising to see someone who apparently is passionate enough about a particular team to chose to spend their free time writing about them that you’d be a bit more optimistic than giving up on them with almost 2 full months of the season left. Especially considering that the core of the team is still intact and Ross & Prado are heating up, Delgado is significantly better than Kennedy’s giveaways every 5 days and the number of seasons that have changed in the last two months of the season.

    America doesn’t have any more room for quitters. Should the players quit now too?

    • Matthew Hochberg


      Thanks for your input and for reading the news here on Venom Strikes. While I am a passionate baseball fan, I am actually not a Diamondbacks fan. But rather, a fan of the game. Today is August 12. The Diamondbacks are 7.5 games behind the Dodgers of first place and 5.5 games back of the wild card. In my story, I certainly do make it clear that it is POSSIBLE for a comeback, but I simply do not see it happening with that lineup every night (especially after the Ross injury now). The D-Backs have just 4 less losses than the METS at this point in the season. I wish you & your team good luck.

      Look forward to more of your input!