Poor defense was the difference for the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Monday
What transpired Monday afternoon against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park should remind everyone that the Major League Baseball season is a marathon not a sprint. A great start helps, but the Arizona Diamondbacks can ill afford to step off the gas pedal, especially within the N.L. West.
After last Sunday’s sweep-clinching win over the Cleveland Indians, manager Torey Lovullo spoke with the media and said now is not the time to get cozy. Make no mistake about it, Lovullo and the coaching staff should feel proud about the way the Diamondbacks have performed. The first-year manager just does not want his players to get caught up in the moment.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt spoke with the Arizona Republic and echoed that sentiment.
"“It’s obviously been fun. When you’re winning, it’s fun. But I think we also realize it hasn’t even been a week of baseball. We just try to keep playing hard, having good at-bats, playing good ‘D’ and see what happens. It’s been a good start, but there’s a long road ahead.”"
Lovullo and Goldschmidt are sending the right message. In the NFL or College Football, a 6-1 start means everything because there are significantly fewer games; professional baseball does not work like that. If this team treats every game like they are 0-0, great results should follow.
The 2000 Diamondbacks are a perfect example of why Lovullo and Goldschmidt are not jumping to conclusions after seven or eight games. That team finished April 16-9 and went 17-10 in May. But, a 12-17 September put their playoff chances to bed, ultimately finishing in third place, 12 games back of the division champion Giants.
Hopefully, the Snakes can stay fairly consistent all season long.