Bronson Arroyo has short outing as Diamondbacks blanked by Mets


Apr 15, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo throws during the first inning against the New York Mets at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

We said yesterday that things couldn’t much worse, and apparently we were wrong. The Diamondbacks were dominated in every facet of the game losing 9-0 to the Mets in the second game of a three game set Tuesday night at Chase Field. The Dbacks will once again try to salvage the rubber game in a series. The Snakes are now 4-13 in the N.L West sitting in the basement of their division, and all of major league baseball and its safe to say this is the worst team in the MLB right now. Its still a long season but you have to begin to wonder when this season is lost. This tells you how desperate this team is: Kirk Gibson said after the game with the media that Wednesday’s starter Brandon McCarthy will throw 100 pitches regardless of the game situation to save the gassed bullpen. To say the Dbacks starting rotation sucks is an understatement. During his post game comments, Gibson started asking his own questions, asking the media how many quality starts the Snakes have and then he answered his own question saying two….lets just say Gibby is pissed. Eventually this has to stop right?

General Manager Kevin Towers brought in Bronson Arroyo to be an innings eater and once again he didn’t do that. The Dbacks played their ugliest game yesterday with Arroyo giving up 9 earned runs over 3 and a third innings. His era ladies and gentleman…9.95.

This is how bad the starting rotation is: The Mets came into this series with a .207 team batting average, the second worst in the league. After the first two games of this series they have raised that batting average to .226, they have passed the Rays and are looking to overtake the Mariners. In the first, the first three Mets batters singled and 14 pitches in the Mets were already up 3-0. Arroyo talked with about his “Four hits in the first inning and quickly it was 3-0, which was exactly what we couldn’t have on this ballclub right now,” Arroyo said. “It just kills the morale of a team when you’re losing constantly, and especially when you’re giving up runs a lot and then you just go down a three-spot early on. It just grew from there.” In the fourth the Mets sent 11 men to the plate scoring 6 runs on 6 hits to round out the scoring at 9-0.

The only positive that came from this embarrassing performance was the performance of the bullpen who tossed 5 and two thirds innings of scoreless work. The bullpen is starting to turn it around, its time for the starters to do the same. Mets starter Jenrry Mejia had little trouble working through the Dbacks lineup. He held the Dbacks hit less through the first three innings and the only thing that kept him from staying in the game was a blister in his finger suffered in the fifth inning. The Dbacks try to salvage the rubber game and stop a five game losing skid with Brandon McCarthy on the mound. I have been saying this for a long time, but its time for him to be the stopper and give the Snakes a long outing. The Mets haven’t swept a series at Chase since 2008.