AZ D-backs Slide Back Into Contention

By Derek Evans

After winning the National League west division last year many had high expectations for the Diamondbacks this year, and thus far those expectations have not happen. The season overall has been a struggle for the team, finding themselves behind both the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. There has, however been good news recently for the Diamondbacks the team has won five games in a row and is back at the 500 mark with a record of 30 wins and 30 losses. The team is still in third place, currently sitting eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, but as the season goes on I am skeptical as to if the Dodgers can keep their highly impressive winning ways, especially if their best player Matt Kemp still struggles to stay healthy. The recent turn around for the Diamondbacks, is in large part due to the team’s pitching. This teams knows who they are, even last year they were not a great hitting team, they need to rely on pitching. In the offseason they acquired starting right handed pitcher Trevor Cahill from the Oakland Athletics. Cahill started off not looking very good , but is now looking like a very good addition. ESPN. Com has his record as four and five, but most baseball fans know record for a starting pitcher doesn’t mean much and his ERA is 3.36. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has also pitched well lately, he struggled early but now his ERA is 3.93. The Diamondbacks are far from being out of the race in the NL west and after the all-star break at the very least I expect them to make life very hard on both the Dodgers and the Giants.

Was Last Year a Fluke? Too Early to Say

Last season was a magical year for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team shocked the baseball world by winning the National League west division over the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Many people expected this year to be much of the same for the Diamondbacks, but so far that has not been the case. Everyone who follows professional Baseball know that it is an extremely long season and games this early into the season really don’t mean a lot if anything at all. Having said that it still has to be disappointing for Diamondbacks fans to see how they have been playing thus far this season. The team currently sits with a record of 16 wins and 21 and they are eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West. But all is not lost for Arizona, for one their two main rivals in the division both have problems of their own. The San Francisco Giants are currently without their starting third baseman Pablo Sandoval and their great closing pitcher Brian Wilson is out for the season. The Los Angeles Dodgers also have injury problems of their own, their best player centerfielder Matt Kemp is currently on the disabled list. So even though things seem bad right now all is not lost for the Diamondbacks. Diamondbacks fans have to remember the season is a marathon and not a sprint.

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