Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Phoenix Backfire

For the second year in a row, a team in the NL West spent the offseason stockpiling on contracts and fitting the new guys into the already-built base of a team...only to have everything topple forward once the season actually started. Right now the Arizona Diamondbacks, the guys who got Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller, and buyer's remorse, are sitting at fourth place, despite the general surge in some of the seasoned vets, like Chris Owings, Jake Lamb, and Paul Goldschmidt.

Jean Segura was great for a while, but he's not hit in over a week, and people are getting concerned. Zack Greinke has worked up his record so that he's not giving up as many runs as he was in April, but Shelby Miller has disappointed BIG TIME, and is currently on the DL trying to reclaim his stuff.

It's really disappointing, because this was a team that was a few moves away from becoming contenders, and the moves they HAVE made have sent them backwards. At least they're doing better than the Padres, who learned this exact lesson last year, at this exact point in the season in fact- Matt Kemp and Derek Norris are the sole survivors of contract-a-palooza.

The D-Backs aren't a complete disaster- Owings, Welington Castillo, Yasmany Tomas and quite a few others are actually doing pretty well. It's just...the guys who aren't playing well are sinking the team down, especially if they came in with a ton of momentum, like Jean Segura.

I hope they can eventually turn it around, because this is all kind of sad to watch.

Coming Tomorrow- Not necessarily unhittable, but probably the most reliable arm on the Yankees.

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