Arizona Diamondbacks' Free Fall Already Dismisses Team From Contention

By Gregory Philson
Paul Goldschmidt
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It was understandable that the Arizona Diamondbacks would go through a bit of a lull during the early portion of the 2014 MLB season after losing starting pitcher Patrick Corbin for the season due to Tommy John surgery, but it is hard to believe it has gone this sour, this quickly.

The Diamondbacks blew an early lead against National League West division rival Los Angeles Dodgers and fell 8-6 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. The D-backs are just 5-15 on the season and in last place in the division. The Dodgers rallied back from a 4-0 deficit after a three-run homer by Andre Ethier in the fourth and five-run fifth highlighted by a Matt Kemp two-run double.

The slow start has come from terrible pitching that places the Diamondbacks last in all of baseball with a 5.70 E.R.A. and last in quality starts with just three before Saturday’s game.

The D-backs also rank 29th in W.H.I.P. (1.53) and 28th in batting average against (.277). The offense has not helped as Mark Trumbo started hot, but has fallen off and is hitting .213 so far this season. Trumbo does have six homers and 18 RBIs, but he can no longer find his groove at the plate. The one bright spot is perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt who has hit .313 this season with a .371 on-base percentage. Still, the offense has been shut out three times this season.

There were some high expectations before the season started, even after Corbin went down, but now the Diamondbacks look like a team that will be fighting just to have a respectable record instead of battling for a playoff spot.

Gregory T. Philson is an MLB contributing writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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