It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

Just two short weeks ago or in the case of impatient Diamondbacks fans two excruciatingly long weeks ago the gates to Chase Field opened and another season was ushered in. Amid the pomp and circumstance of Opening Day we got our first look at the Arizona Diamondbacks as they took on the Colorado Rockies to begin what everyone hoped would be a play-off run. The game would see the return of Brandon Webb who many including myself believed was the real Cy Young Award winner last season if the voters would have been consistent in how they voted. The game would see the Diamondbacks hitters jump out early and often chasing Rockies starting pitcher Aaron Cook from the game after just 2 innings. The game featured a glimpse of the power that the Diamondbacks hitters are capable of and gave hope to everyone in attendance that this was going to be a fun and exciting year.

This outlook was of course short lived as the Diamondbacks would drop the next two games losing the series and the potent offense as seen in game 1 would go into hibernation for the remainder of the next two games. Still there was a lot to be hopeful for after the first three games. Now here we are two weeks later. When we last saw the Colorado Rockies they were leaving town with a 2 game winning streak and amid the top teams in baseball in several categories. The Diamondbacks on the other hand were left shell shocked wondering what happened. In 2008 the Diamondbacks dominated the Rockies so to lose 2 of 3 to their divisional rivals was new territory and not exactly the kind of territory they wanted to be in.

The Rockies cooled down after leaving Chase Field and the Diamondbacks cooled down even more. Although it is only April, this series is important to both clubs to try and regain some momentum and get their season pointed in the right direction. Rather than having both club aces to begin the series the Diamondbacks and Rockies would turn to veterans to try and keep their teams competitive long enough to take advantage of the other team. For Arizona Jon Garland would take the mound. Garland had an incredible first start for the Diamondbacks but struggled in his second start to give him a 1-1 record. Colorado would counter with Jason Marquis who was undefeated. On paper this game looked to favor the visiting team especially given the fact that the Diamondbacks had scored only 2 runs in their last 3 games. Luckily for Diamondbacks fans the game wasn’t played on paper.

Arizona came into this game with the same approach as they had on Opening Day and took advantage of pitches that didn’t have the location they should have. Jason Marquis lasted 5 innings but in that time he gave up 9 hits and 6 runs staking the Diamondbacks to a good lead. Jon Garland looked like the pitcher from his first start allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits over nearly 7 innings. Mark Reynolds and Miguel Montero provided the offensive power which led to the snakes earning a 6-3 win.

Hopefully this is not déjà vu and we won’t see the Diamondbacks drop the next two games of the series and give the momentum back to the Rockies. Instead let’s rewrite history and see Arizona win its first series of the season and prepare them for a rematch from last week’s trip to San Francisco. It is way too early in the season for re-runs.

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