With the final out the players shook hands then began to gather their things. Everyone would have the next 4 days off with the exception of Brandon Webb who must take a plane to Pittsburgh as the representative of the Arizona Diamondbacks at the All-Star game.
The Diamondbacks ended the first part of the season on a high note sweeping the Rockies at home to finish with a 43-45 record. Even with the three game winning streak they still find themselves in last place in the National League West. They are 5-3 in July meaning that they are within three games of matching the win total for the month of June and we’ve played only one week. Even with the horrible June and the average July they’ve had so far the Diamondbacks are only 5 games out of first place. This makes it very difficult to decide whether they are going to be buyers or sellers when the trading deadline arrives in 3 weeks. Personally I am struggling a little bit. I never want to root against the team and my competitive nature always wants to win but in the case of the 2006 Diamondbacks I think they would be better served by trying to trade some of their veteran players for prospects. This will reduce payroll and will also allow them to bring up some of the young kids from Tucson. I’d like to see Stephen Drew, Carlos Quentin, and Chris Young get some experience at the major league level. I’d also like to see whether Dustin Nippert can handle pitching as a Diamondback starter. As much as it pains me to say this, maybe we should start playing for next year. This will allow Josh Byrnes to decide where the team’s biggest needs are for the off-season. Personally I think they need to focus their efforts on getting a couple of front-line starting pitchers.