The Arizona Diamondbacks (42-45) were four games back at the start of the second half, just two days ago.
Today however, after dropping the first two games to the Chicago Cubs (35-52), the D’backs are staring at a possible six game deficit before they continue their travels to Cincinnati to play the Reds (48-38).
With now 17 games before the trading deadline, Arizona’s front office has to make a decision whether to buy before July 31st or sell. Getting to .500 or above after playing Chicago would have helped their cause immensely. However now they will leave worst off than they came. And will travel to play a team with much more talent than than the foe they’ve just lost too.
What could cause even more anguish is the fact that losses showed that lack of depth that the 2012 Diamondbacks have in the rotation can continue.
Ian Kennedy, after receiving the fourth most votes for the NL Cy Young last year has fallen on rough times. He threw the first game where the Cubs scored eight runs to smoke them. Be it after nearly a four hour rain delay, Kennedy gave up six earned runs in five innings. It was his second straight bad outing (before the All-Star Break he was crushed by the San Diego Padres). Kennedy needs to be an ace and a work horse on the staff, but instead he caps is the owner of a 6-8 record, and an ERA jumping to 4.55.
The best example for the argument that Arizona’s depth is not where it needs to be would be the implementation of Trevor Bauer. Despite his most recent, excellent start against Los Angeles, his first two starts were anything but. He pitched a total of seven innings in his those, and gave up a total of eight runs. His ERA is over 5.
Along with the early woes, there is some concern with Arizona’s schedule. They are playing twenty games straight, and manager Kirk Gibson told media he is worried about the effect this will have on his rotation.
Arizona better start digging down now, as the front office has already spoken to media about trading Justin Upton. If they far much further, there will be nothing to stop them.