After an even month of June, the Arizona Diamondbacks put together their first above .500 month of the 2015 campaign going 13-11 to stay in the race for the 2nd wild card.
The Diamondbacks are 50-52 after beginning August with a blowout loss to the Huston Astros, and are 8.0 games out of 1st place in the National League West, and 6.5 games back of the 2nd wild card.
The Dbacks probably need to put a couple of winning streaks of 5 games or more together, and get help from the teams their chasing to make the playoffs, but it’s great to say the Dbacks are in the race with 2 months left. This team was out of the race after April last season.
Back to 2015, the lineup has been carrying this team for most of the season ranking as the 8th best offense in baseball with a .311 wOBA, a 95 wRC +, and a 15.9 WAR.
The offense did experience a mini slump coming out of the break. They went 1-7 in 8 games culminating in a 3-0 loss to the Marlins. In those 8 games the offense scored just 20 runs, and hit just .228 as a team. With runners in scoring position, they hit just .176.
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Overall, the Dbacks had a strong month of July. Ranking 8th in baseball, the Dbacks hit .270 as a team with a 106 wRC+ and they scored 100 runs.
A.J. Pollock led the charge for the Dbacks and he is the Venom Strikes hitter of the month! His scorching month looked like this:
24 games, .340 AVG, .421 OBP, .500 SLG, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .401 wOBA, and 155 wRC+
Pollock walked (12.1%) more than he struck out (10.3%), and he had the 5th best month of any hitter in baseball behind Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Lorenzo Cain, and Carlos Gonzalez.
Pollock has reached base safely in 25 of his last 26 games and he reached base in 22 straight from July 1st through July 26th a career high. He hit .355 in that span.
The Dbacks can not afford to loose Pollock for to long. Hopefully he is back in the lineup soon!
Goldy also had a great month of July. He hit .333 in 24 games, and from July 21 through 31 he put together a 10 game hit streak hitting .424 in that span.
David Peralta had an even better month of July. David hit .329 in 22 games.
Congrats to A.J. Pollock on being the Snakes top hitter in July!