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5 Ridiculous Overreactions To Arizona Diamondbacks’ Early Action

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5 Ridiculous Overreactions To Arizona Diamondbacks’ Early Action

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The Arizona Diamondbacks appear to be regressing. After winning the NL West in 2011, the Diamondbacks finished .500 the next two seasons. Unfortunately, the beginning of 2014 has not gone particularly well, with the Diamondbacks currently at 4-13. When a club struggles out of the gate, there tend to be overreactions to both individual and team performance. Here are five such overreactions.

5. Trevor Cahill Is Finished

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5. Trevor Cahill Is Finished

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Cahill has been really awful in his first four starts of 2014, with an 0-4 record and a distressing 9.17 ERA to show for his efforts. Of course, the entire Diamondbacks pitching staff is really bad at the moment, sporting a league worst 6.14 ERA. Manager Kirk Gibson recently moved Cahill to the bullpen, but this is likely a temporary measure. Cahill has a solid track record, and at only 26 years old he should be able to get it together.

4. Mark Trumbo Will Lead MLB In Home Runs

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4. Mark Trumbo Will Lead MLB In Home Runs

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The Diamondbacks acquired Trumbo in a three-team trade during the offseason, and the outfielder has provided some valuable power in the middle of the order. Trumbo currently leads MLB with six home runs, and is second in RBIs with 18. This homer pace, while certainly welcomed by the Diamondbacks, is probably unsustainable, and he will likely fall in the end somewhere around his career-high of 34 homers, which of course is still quite good.

3. Kirk Gibson Should Be Fired Immediately

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3. Kirk Gibson Should Be Fired Immediately

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Gibson won a division title in his first full season as manager in 2011, but the honeymoon is over after two consecutive .500 finishes. It is much too early for the Diamondbacks to even consider making a move, and the team’s current struggles have little to do with Gibson. However, the team will need to show some improvement as the season progresses or Gibson could be shown the door, possibly along with general manager Kevin Towers.

2. The Diamondbacks Will Have The Worst Record In Baseball

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2. The Diamondbacks Will Have The Worst Record In Baseball

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The Diamondbacks currently sit at an MLB worst 4-13, but this record is not indicative of the talent level on this team. The starting rotation cannot possibly be this bad for the duration of the season, and once the pitching stabilizes the record will improve. The Diamondbacks will probably not make it back to .500, but teams such as the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, among others, will likely finish with more losses, for what its worth.

1. Wade Miley Will Lead The Team In Batting Average

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1. Wade Miley Will Lead The Team In Batting Average

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Yes, Miley is a starting pitcher. However, he has somehow managed to collect five hits in his first nine at bats this season. Miley hit a robust .133 last year while producing eight hits the entire season. Based on these numbers, it is safe to assume Miley will not continue to hit at his current .556 clip, but he should be more concerned with his pitching anyway.