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Despite tough start, several Diamondbacks on record paces

By Christopher Gaine
Apr 7, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Jean Segura (2) is congratulated by manager Chip Hale after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Jean Segura (2) is congratulated by manager Chip Hale after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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It’s no secret that the Diamondbacks are off to a rough start. They were routed by the Cubs last night, and the pitching staff that was supposed to have improved has allowed 34 runs in four games. It has looked more like a devolution than an evolution thus far.

Just because the team has started this poorly, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some individual performances worth noting on the Diamondbacks. And some of them are doing so good that they’re on record paces.

Consider this:

  • David Peralta (.471), Jean Segura (.444) and Nick Ahmed (.400) are all batting over .400. No player has done this since Ted Williams in 1941.  If they can keep this up, not only could they bat .400, but they could be in the mix to break Rogers Hornsby’s .424 batting average in 1924.
  • Batting average is not the only record Jean Segura is on pace to set. With three home runs in four games, Segura is on pace for 121 home runs this season. That’s 48 more than Barry Bonds hit in 2001 and three more than Wade Boggs hit throughout his entire career.
  • In respect to RBI, Segura and Jake Lamb each have five through their first four games. They are both on pace for 202 RBI this season, which would be ten more than Hack Wilson’s 191 RBI record was set in 1930.
  • But not all of these records are good ones. Zack Greinke is on pace to allow 90 home runs over the span of 30 starts, which would be almost double the record of 50 set by Bert Blyleven in 1986.

For those of you who don’t understand sarcasm the answer is no, I’m not serious about any of this.

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