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D-Backs on pace for worst home season in team history

By Christopher Gaine
Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley reacts after giving up a two run home run in the first inning to Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Peter Bourjos at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley reacts after giving up a two run home run in the first inning to Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Peter Bourjos at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Phillies’ sweep of the Diamondbacks at home this week served as possibly the lowest point of Arizona’s already-disappointing season. They had just swept Philly, who was 8-28 in the 36 games leading up to that series, just a week earlier. The Snakes were coming off a 7-3 road trip. But any of the positive momentum the team had was gone after three miserable games at Chase Field.

The Diamondbacks are 13-28 at home this season. The only team in the NL worse at home than the Diamondbacks is the Braves, and they’re the second-worst team in all of baseball. Not only is this one of the worst home performances of any team this season, but it’s looking like it could be the worst in Diamondbacks history. Arizona is on pace for about 25 wins at home this season, which would be the fewest they’ve ever had. The current franchise record for fewest wins at home is 29, which was set in the 111-loss 2004 season.

The pitching staff’s home-road-splits are particularly troubling. They have a 5.34 ERA at Chase Field, their 5.94 ERA is the second-worst mark home mark in the majors– only Colorado is worse. On the road, they’re actually the seventh-best team in the NL with a 3.94 mark. This is going to have to change if the Diamondbacks want to avoid setting this record.

The worst part of all of this for the Diamondbacks is that they actually have a 23-17 record at home. If they were just one game under .500 at home, they’d have a 1.5 game-lead on the second Wild Card spot.

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