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MLB Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks Need to Get Back on Track

Diamondbacks Struggles

Anthony Gruppuso – USA Today Sports Images

On June 22, the Arizona Diamondbacks took down the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 4-3 to put their record at 41-33. At that time they were in first place in the National League West and held a three game lead over the second placed team in the division.

Now, the Diamondbacks still have the lead in the division, but it’s safe to say that things have fallen apart quite a bit for them.

Out of the nine games that Arizona has played since that June 22 game, the Diamondbacks have notched just one victory, a 3-2 extra innings win on June 27 against the Washington Nationals. They are also currently on a five-game losing streak. Arizona now has just a 42-41 record and hold just a 1.5-game lead in the division, as well as leading the last placed team by just three games.

It’s now an incredibly tight race in the NL West and the Diamondbacks have brought that on themselves. There’s a reason that they are just 1-8 over their last nine games: quite simply, they haven’t performed well at the plate or on the mound.

Over their last seven games, the Diamondbacks have scored just a combined 22 runs while hitting only .235 and posting a poor team OPS of .654. Meanwhile their pitching has allowed their opponents to score 46 runs while hitting .305 with an OPS of .891 over the same span of time. Their pitching staff has posted a 5.53 ERA and 1.74 WHIP over those seven games.

With the Los Angeles Dodgers currently on a tear, winning nine of their last 10 games, the Diamondbacks’ lead in the division is hardly safe. If they want to be nurturing a lead going into the MLB All-Star break, they have to get their bats to come alive and figure out what the problem is on the mound. If not, they will likely be dethroned in the West sooner rather than later.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google+ and like his Facebook page.