2023 Diamondbacks: Who’s hot and who’s not?

Will the Diamondbacks be able to turn their season around before it is too late?
Seattle Mariners v Arizona Diamondbacks
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I feel like a broken record at this point.  The vibes are down bad for all Diamondbacks fans…

Arizona is 2-8 in their last 10 games and they now remain 1.0 game back of the 3rd wildcard spot in the NL.  They are now on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason.

Going into the all-star break, the D-backs were rolling and were tied for first with the Dodgers in the NL West.

But things haven’t been pretty since then.  In 15 games post-all-star break, the D-backs are 4-9, 18th in runs scored per game, and dead last in team ERA.

In this sorry slide, let’s look at who’s been hot, and who’s been ice cold…

Diamondbacks players that are hot 🔥

Let’s start off with the positives.  Despite losing 9 of 15, Arizona has had some impressive performers.

Impressive performer number 1, Ketel Marte.  Through 15 second-half games, Marte is raking.  Over that time he is 21-60 (.350) with 9 extra-base hits, 11 RBIs, and he has recorded an impressive OPS (1.052).

Impressive performer number 2, Christian Walker.  Walker has been consistently elite all year on defense, but he has really turned it on with his bat as of late.

Since July 14th, Walker has 9 extra-base hits, 10 RBIs, and a slugging percentage of .554.

Let’s hope these two can lead this offense to brighter days.

Diamondbacks players that are ice cold🥶

It might be time to put up a wanted poster for Lourdes Gurriel Jr. because it appears someone has kidnapped him and replaced him with a phony.

Since the all-star break, Gurriel Jr. has struggled at the plate; and I mean struggled.  In 53 at-bats, he has only recorded 8 hits (.151 average).  He also has failed to draw a walk and his OPS has dropped to .740 on the season after his recent woes.

Is that bad?  I think that is bad.

On the pitching side of things, July has not been good to most D-backs pitchers...

Zac Gallen (32.1 IP - 4.45 ERA)
Ryne Nelson (29 IP - 4.97 ERA)
Tommy Henry (20.2 IP - 4.35 ERA)
Zach Davies (14.2 IP - 9.82 ERA)
Brandon Pffadt (11.2 IP - 4.63 ERA)

Outside of Kevin Ginkel and Merrill Kelly, things have been ugly.  It is no surprise that this pitching staff ranks dead last in ERA since the mid-summer classic.