Diamondbacks' First-Half Report Card
The Arizona Diamondbacks are having a very tough year. The offense has not been there at all this season and five pitchers hit the disabled list with Tommy John surgery including offseason acquisition Bronson Arroyo. Nothing is tougher than being the Diamondbacks right now.
The Diamondbacks' offense is a bit odd. The team produced two All-Stars in Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero, but it does not get on-base very well. Arizona hits for average and slugs well, but the team does not win ball games. Arizona has gotten bit by the injury bug and should improve in the second half. So far, the lineup has been shaky.
First-Half Grade: C-
Miguel Montero has only allowed one passed ball the entire year, which is the least amount in baseball this year. The rest of the team's defense ranks toward the bottom of baseball, which is not very good.
First-Half Grade: D
Arizona is having a tough time with its starting rotation this season. Bronson Arroyo, Patrick Corbin and Daniel Hudson are all missing the year with Tommy John surgery. The Diamondbacks are really mixing and matching the rotation, which does not bode well for the rest of the year. An incomplete grade is awarded to them because we have not seen the full rotation in action.
First-Half Grade: Incomplete
Addison Reed does have 21 saves this season despite blowing five of them. His ERA is a bit high for a closer, but he should get back to form in the second half. Brad Ziegler is also pitching well in the setup spot for Arizona. Evan Marshall and Oliver Perez both had solid ERAs as well. The bullpen is not half bad for a team with a loaded DL.
First-Half Grade: B-
It's been a tough year for Kirk Gibson as Diamondbacks manager. Gibson is really struggling to find the right pieces in the rotation with all the injuries. Arizona might want to take the year off to evaluate its talent.
First-Half Grade: D+