Apr 20, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Josh Collmenter (55) reacts after giving up a 3-run homer to Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks need to take advantage of the schedule!


The Diamondbacks are 5-16 and are eight games back in the National League West and they have the worst record in the majors. After winning game 1 in L.A against the Dodgers, the Snakes had a 4-0 lead early in game two and had a chance to win the series.

Instead, they blew that game and lost Sunday and the Dbacks lost another series. In game 3 Josh Collmenter pitched well giving up a huge homer to Yasiel Puig in a 4-1 loss but the offense did nothing. Right now this team needs to take advantage of the schedule. They couldn’t do it shi’a met the Mets, but they have another chance against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 5-12 and are also 8 games back in their division and have lost 5 of 6. Time to start winning. If the Snakes can’t turn it around by Memorial Day don’t be surprised if major changes are made. It starts tonight with Bronson Arroyo on the mound.

 

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  • DogShitFrosting

    I’m not sure what changes can be made in the short run, and the only way to fix the team in the long run is a new GM, and maybe a new owner. The team is in a terrible hole that will take years to dig out of. The farm is nearing empty, Towers inherited a massive amount of young & mostly cheap talent acquired by Josh Byrnes, Dipoto, and Mike Rizzo/Joe Jr, and has shipped out most of it almost exclusively for older, more expensive players who didn’t work out.

    In position players he kept Goldschmidt, Owings, & Parra, but shipped out or let go Upton, Eaton, Drew, Cowgill, Eaton, Davidson, CY. Prado for Upton made the team older, less talented, and no cheaper. CY was a good trade, dumping him just as he tanked for a serviceable shortstop in Pennington who could have been a decent stopgap to Chris Owings when he lets Drew walk. Instead he trades his highest rated prospect (14th-24th) Trevor Bauer, for a 63rd-80th rated shortstop prospect with the same skill set as Pennington, defense first with a long track record as a limited hitter. Trevor’s horrible 2013 seem to justify the trade, but not the return, a far less valuable prospect at a position the Dbacks already were stacked in (and if anyone should be blamed for Bauers ‘attitude’ shouldn’t it be the guy who drafted him knowning so?). And now this year Bauer is lights out, if he continues to show he’s figured things out, the trade is an all time disaster.

    In pitching we have Parker for Cahill, despite Parker’s season ending surgery this year, he’s been twice as valuable as Cahill since the trade, and Cahill has so far cost $15M more. Ryan Cook is still lights out for the As and still makes $500k/year, while Breslow was paid $1.5M and shipped out for nothing after a half season. And Cowgill was thrown in for free, and he’s been a useful bench player, again at $500k/year.

    This year’s boner was giving up Eaton/Skaggs for Trumbo. Trumbo has been Kubel experiment part II, a $5M hitter who can’t hit enough to justify his dreadful defens. Trumbo’s .260 OBP is among the worse in majors, along with his bad baserunning he makes so many extra outs he almost negates leading the league in homers) . This years team is 28th in Outfield value, while Eaton has been a plus centerfielder both offensively and defensively, against for $500k, and the Dbacks are last in starting pitching, while $500k Skaggs is 2-0 with a 3.5 ERA.

    Lastly you have Kirk Gibson, who took two of the best starters in baseball, Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson, and shredded their arms demanding that they “owed him” 100 pitches every start even when they were struggling and hurting. Hudson’s career is likely over, and Kennedy will never be the pitcher he was for the first two years in Arizona ever again. If Gibby isn’t running the team out of games by leading the league in caught stealing every year, he’s giving ABs to Willie Bloomquist, one of the worst hitters of the last decade.

    • Tom Lynch

      I think you make many valid points. I could defend the logic behind the trades of several of the guys you mentioned like Eaton, Bauer and Davidson. Cahill was a good pitcher in Oakland and was still young when they traded for him. It looks horrible now but again, I coudl at least understand the logic behind it. However, the animosity toward Skaggs completely baffles me. That’s the one that will hurt the organization the most. Here was a guy who pitched in the Majors at 20, acted like he was 30 on the mound and then falls out of favor within the organization in less than a year. For months, I posted many times how much of a mistake it would be to give up on him.

      I don’t know how much blame I give Gibby. He was given these players and I am not really sure how much input he has in players acquisitions. His lineup shuffling does drive me crazy but he seemed to have gotten away from that until recently.