Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Maybe This Wasn't Such a Good Idea: Diamondbacks Edition
Last year, around this time, I was mourning the San Diego Padres, how they'd tried so hard to accumulate enough stars to compete, but still couldn't. And now...around the same time, I'm saying the same things about the Arizona Diamondbacks. Because...man, there's just nothing going on there this year, man.
The guys that they brought to the team, like Shelby Miller and Zack Greinke, just aren't getting it done. Yes, the hitters like Jean Segura, Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas are perfectly fine, but this is a flawed team, one that has a ton of pieces loose. You can sign whoever the hell you want in January, but new, big contracts aren't gonna help a team with structural problems that have been running since arounnnnd 2013.
This is a team that revolves around Paul Goldschmidt, and thrived on homegrown, impressive pitching, and now that all the contracts were thrown in, it's a bit more...artificial. Goldschmidt's still powerful, but there's scattered emphasis, and a lot of guys who were trying to come up and do big things, like David Peralta and Chris Owings, are struggling.
It's a sad situation, and I do see them doing the same amount of shaving-off that the Padres have been doing this year, when it comes down for the 2017 rosters. Even worse, I don't know if they're gonna hold onto Goldschmidt.
Still...they'll win games and there'll be standouts, but it's not enough. It's a muddied team that put money on the wrong horses, and can only wait until the offseason to regroup.
Coming Tomorrow- Finally, something involving pitching in Kansas City that's worth blogging about!