Playoffs look bleak for struggling Diamondbacks

Who knows? Maybe tonight is the beginning of a miraculous run...
Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks
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Every iconic sports movie begins with a period of vanquishing for the good guys.

That period of time is right now for the Diamondbacks.  1-9 in their last 10 and 4-16 in their last 20, things are looking bleak for Arizona.

But in all those iconic sports movies, the good guys pick themselves up, brush the dirt off, put their heads down, and they get back to work. 

Ultimately, leading to a happy ending that is both motivating and heartening for the viewer.

Unfortunately, real life isn’t always so joyful.  But who knows, maybe this young D-backs squad can surprise us all and go on a run.

If you continue reading, I will explain to you the grim reality we don’t want to face…

Since the beginning of the second half of the season, it’s been a sad world for everyone involved with this organization. 

The losses have been piling up thanks to a 28th-ranked offense and a 30th-ranked pitching staff (post-all-star break numbers).  Outside of Ketel Marte and Christian Walker, the offense has lacked juice.

On the pitching side of the ball, only Merrill Kelly and Kevin Ginkel have posted respectable numbers.  Reliever Scott McGough has given up 12 earned runs in 9 innings pitched.  Yikes!

As it stands, the 57-58 Diamondbacks are on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason.  They are 2.5 games out of a wildcard spot currently chasing the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs, and the Miami Marlins.

The Reds are free-falling like the Snakes but the Cubs are red hot and the Marlins have yet to tap into their full potential.

When it comes to the remaining strength of schedule for each club, the Marlins face the tallest climb followed by Arizona, then Cincinnati, and then Chicago. Out of the 30 MLB teams, Arizona has the 13th hardest remaining schedule.

Mix that with the fact that C Gabriel Moreno, 3B Evan Longoria, SP Tommy Henry, and SP Merrill Kelly are all suffering from injuries, and you got yourself one giant pill that’s hard to swallow.

There’s no doubt that this team has the talent to turn things around; we saw it before the all-star game.  But if they are going to do it the time is now.  The day is today…