How awful did the Dbacks do each month of the season?
The Diamondbacks season was not pretty, but how did they do each month?
As you probably already know, the Diamondbacks only finished with the second-worst record in team history. At least it wasn’t the worst? Well, we won’t know the answer to that for a while due to we don’t know what will shake out from the MLB Draft next year. That’s because if the Dbacks had lost one more game, it would have given them the #1 overall pick. Instead, they are set to have the #2 pick overall. It’s far too soon to say what the ramifications of that are, and I trust Mike Hazen. Their record for the entire season of 2021 was 52-110. That was worst in the National League and tied with the Orioles for worst in all of MLB.
With that said, let’s go month by month to see how the Diamondbacks did:
April (Whoa, are we real?):
In this month of games, the Dbacks went 14-12 with 136 runs scored to 126 runs against. This was the month where the team was mostly healthy, playing well, and it seemed that the team might defy expectations. Unfortunately, at the end of this month, this would be the best win-loss percentage the team would see all year. In May, the team collapsed.
In May, somehow Arizona went 5-24 in an abject disaster of a month for any team. Their win percentage of .172 was the second-worst of any month in team history. Yes, team history. The team suffered countless injuries in this month, and it was just an abject failure all around. They only scored 103 runs while giving up 167 runs. Surely, it couldn’t get much worse?
Narrator: The author was wrong, it could indeed get much worse.
Welp, the team suffered even more injuries, and players that were on the MLB roster couldn’t win a game unless the other team quit. The team made history for the franchise with a 3-24 record. Yes, they won a mere 3 games in June. That made for a .111 win percentage. That’s worst in team history, followed by May’s win percentage, and the next closest came in 2004 when they had a .179 win percentage in a month. Turns out, the team that set the worst record in team history didn’t even have as bad a month as the 21′ team had. This was a hard month to be a Dbacks fan. Thankfully, the season only went up.
July (ALL_STAR, can’t lose):
Well, July has the fewest games in any month of the season, minus March/October. So, thanks to that, Arizona couldn’t lose that many games. Plus, we got to see our beloved Escobar play in the All-Star game before being traded. Now, he’s in the playoffs with the Brewers. Let’s go, Esco! Anyways, the team went 11-12 (woohoo!). Their .478 win percentage was second-best for them this year. They scored 96 runs and gave up 133 runs.
August (can the season be over yet?):
The Dbacks started to get healthier and had a rather decent performance, at least by the standards they had set all season long. The team went 11-18, good for a .379 win percentage. As such, they were still outscored by a lot. They scored 121 runs, 2nd-most in a month all season long. At least there’s only one more month left in the season! Maybe the team finishes strong and/or just doesn’t do worse?
September-October (It’s finally here):
The month that Beer came to the Diamondbacks and promptly got hurt displayed how this season went. A joyous high followed by pain and misery. The team went 8-20 in the rough month+ of games. They faced playoff team after playoff team in September. Still, there are no excuses. The team barely managed to score 120 runs, the third-most in a month in the season. They gave up 149 runs though. That’s just not going to get it done. Alas, at the team won 2 out of their last 3 games? Anyways, this season is over and we will be continuing to look back at the year highlighting the highs and lows.
The Diamondbacks will be back next year.
May the Force be with You…