There have been moments this season where the Arizona Diamondbacks appeared to be turning things around.
But that’s all they have been — moments.
Following their 7-2 loss at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, the D-backs fell to 41-58 on the season. They are 17 games out of first in the NL West, and a Wild Card berth is at this point highly unlikely.
Their failure to compete is as surprising as it is disheartening.
“I think they’ve, in a way, been as disappointing as anyone,” ESPN MLB analyst Aaron Boone told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. “Because there’s certainly lots of talent on this roster.”
Boone pointed to the D-backs’ pitching as where the troubles start, noting if you don’t pitch well night in and night out it is difficult to put a winning team on the field. Entering play Tuesday, the team’s ERA of 4.83 is third-worst in the National League, and opponents are hitting .271 off Arizona hurlers.