If anyone is wondering why the Arizona Diamondbacks are not having a successful run for the National League wildcard playoff berth, this article is going to help them immensely. The DBacks were only 4.5 games out of the second wildcard spot in the N.L. at the beginning of August and now they are 7 games out, effectively out of the race completely. What happened? How did they go from threatening the Los Angeles Dodgers for the N.L. West to not even having a chance at the wildcard? In a word: pitching.
That’s right, as a whole the starting staff of the Diamondbacks has let the team down during the time since the beginning of August. Every one of them including the returning Brandon McCarthy and anyone else you can think of has had a terrible last five starts. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look then.
McCarthy has a 4.93 ERA over the last five outings. That isn’t good at all. The DBacks offense would have to average 6 to 7 runs per game to even stay afloat. He isn’t the only one though. Randall Delgado has a 4.09 mark over his last five which is the best of all five starters. Wade Miley comes in at a healthy 4.85 ERA and Trevor Cahill has a 4.72 ERA over his last five. That about says it doesn’t it?
Oh no I forgot the new ace of the starting staff, Patrick Corbin. Surely he has come through every fifth day right? Wrong, Corbin has the worst ERA of them all over that stretch of 5.84. If you combine them all the starters have a 4 – 11 record and 4.88 ERA over their last five outings. That is exactly why they went down in the wildcard race instead of up. Now you know and knowing won’t help the DBacks win either.