Diamondbacks Secure Losing Season

Earlier this week during a series with the San Francisco Giants, the Diamondbacks were defeated by a score of 2-0. It was an incredible game despite the Diamondbacks losing.

A perfect pitcher’s duel that was scoreless through nine innings. Finally in the top of the 11th inning the Giants would score two runs and hold on for the victory. The win helped San Francisco keep pace with the division leading San Diego Padres.

The loss would drop the Diamondbacks record to 56-82 a full 26 games under .500. With their 82nd loss of the season Arizona was assured of a losing season for the sixth time in franchise history and the second year in a row.

After a trip to the National League Championship Series in 2007 and a near miss making the post season in 2008, the Diamondbacks have struggled to find a combination that can sustain winning over an entire season.

This year much of the blame has been put on the bullpen and rightfully so. Over the first half of the season they were on pace for shattering the record for highest earned run average and blown saves.

Since the first of August, the bullpen has settled down earning a respectable earned run average of just fewer than four runs. While this is still quite high, it is a marked improvement.

During that same time the Diamondbacks offense has continued to struggle. Team batting average remains in the bottom third of the National League and they continue to strike out at a torrid pace.

Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall continues his search for a permanent candidate to fill the General Manager’s position. The named GM will inherit a team with many issues and without an identified manager for the 2011 season.

At this juncture of the season it is hard to look at this roster and the upper levels of the Diamondbacks minor league system and see signs of a quick turnaround. Unless things change, 2011 may continue the losing tradition that seems to permeate the clubhouse since mid-2008.

Hopefully I am wrong and a few changes to the roster will provide more consistency both on offense and defense. Add to that a fresh set of relievers anchored by a dominating closer at the back end and we’ll once again be celebrating a return to the play-offs.

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  1. I want Big Potato back in that bullpen

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