The Arizona Diamondbacks spoiled yet another quality start in their 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. This comes on the heels a 6-5 loss, in which Bronson Arroyo gave up just two runs, yet still ended up with a no decision. In that game, the problem was the bullpen blowing a five-run lead, and the problem on Sunday was the offense getting shut out.
Brandon McCarthy pitched his best game of the year, even setting a career-high in strikeouts with 12, but it was not enough as the offense was shut out.
This loss drops Arizona to 8-20 and 2-13 at home. While both of the last two games were big missed opportunities, these losses are still somewhat encouraging in that they showed what the starters are capable of, and if they can put it all together, Arizona should be able to play much better baseball.
If they pitching staff can keep it up, they will no doubt improve their league-worst ERA, which would help Arizona improve on their awful record. This team is not a good one, but is also not as bad as their record would lead you to believe. As these last couple of games showed, the pitching should start to get back to the level that it was at last year. While Arizona will no doubt miss the playoffs, they could at least finish the rest of their games at or a bit above .500.
This is a team that came in to the season with playoff aspirations, and needs to be able to finish the season without completely embarrassing themselves. It is important that not only the younger players, but also the veterans get their confidence up, as they will need it if they want to make some noise next season.