The Arizona Diamondbacks have not gotten off to the best of starts in the 2014 season. However, they did manage to avoid being swept by the Colorado Rockies over the weekend, mercifully receiving some adequate pitching from their starter and closer while recording just their second victory of the young season.
The Diamondbacks have been pretty awful for the most part so far this year, but the first two games in Colorado were particularly bad. They allowed a disturbing 21 runs in the first two games of the series in Colorado, with both the starting rotation and bullpen sharing responsibility for the carnage.
On Friday, starter Randall Delgado gave up six earned runs on 10 hits in four innings of work. The bullpen finished up by allowing six runs, five of them earned, in the final three innings. The second game of the series was not much better, as the Diamondbacks blew a 4-0 lead with starter Brandon McCarthy giving up six earned runs in his six innings on the hill.
However, Sunday afternoon provided some redemption for the beleaguered Diamondbacks, at least for one day. Starter Wade Miley pitched eight strong innings, allowing only two earned runs. Addison Reed closed the door in the ninth, allowing just one unearned run while picking up his second save of the season.
The MLB regular season is a long grind, so the Diamondbacks certainly have time to right the ship. However, the pitching simply must improve if the Diamondbacks have any chance at all of sniffing the postseason. The pitching does not have to be spectacular, but a little consistency would be nice.