Just days before the end of July the Arizona Diamondbacks were up by one half game on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Something big changed when the calendar turned to August however. Whether it was the trade of Ian Kennedy that messed with chemistry or something else, the mediocre way the DBacks have played during this one month has all but destroyed their chance at MLB Postseason play.
They haven’t been terrible necessarily; it is their results that have been. They played .500 baseball to this point and have lost 11 games going into play this week. The Dodgers however have lost 11 games since the beginning of June and ran away with the division. The 0.5 game difference at the first of the month is now a huge 9.5 game deficit and the DBacks have only to hope for a chance at the wildcard by chasing down the Cincinnati Reds.
That has become a problem as well because playing .500 ball at this point in the season is a killer. They were in the hunt at the first of August only 4.5 games behind the final wildcard spot but going into play this week that number has climbed to 7. Realistically they still have a chance to come back and do something with the wildcard race but that would mean no more mediocre play. They’ll need to hit the ground this week and have their own .750 winning percentage go up for the month of September. Otherwise, they have no chance.