It was the end of the world when the Diamondbacks were 4-8. Everyone needed to be traded. Everyone needed to be fired. It was time to start planning for next season.
But then, the Diamondbacks went zero to 100 real quick . The team has now won five games in a row– including its first ever four-game sweep of the Giants in San Francisco. In an odd year, no less. This is as impressive a series victory as the Diamondbacks have had in quite some time. Zack Greinke out-dueled Madison Bumgarner, lowering his ERA from 9.90 to 5.25 in just two starts. Robbie Ray looks promising. Welington Castillo hit a homer. These are encouraging individual performances coming from some guys who had previously struggled.
This is the longest winning streak the team has had in April since winning four straight from April 3-7 in 2013, and just the sixth time ever the Diamondbacks have won five or more games in a row in April. The other five times are as follows:
- April 4- April 12, 2008: 8
- April 22- April 27, 2005: 6
- April 11- April 16, 2002: 6
- April 5- April 9, 2007: 5
- April 18- April 23, 1999: 5
They have only done this in six of their 19 seasons of play. They didn’t even have a win streak like this when they won the World Series in 2001, so this is pretty rare.
The Diamondbacks will now come home again red hot when they open up a three-game weekend series against the Pirates. The Pirates are 8-8 on the season, so Arizona will have the momentum going their way as they look to extend their winning streak further.