Venom Vision: Road woes not a good sign
They were within striking distance on multiple occasions to gain ground in the standings, but managed to squander opportunity after opportunity. They received key offensive contributions from Aaron Hill, Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt, but once again were let down by their pitching. There were marathon victories, key injuries, blown leads, tremendous long relief appearances and, at the end of it, a 4-6 record.
And that's the way of the world as far Kirk Gibson's squad is concerned this time of year. Momentum is fleeting for the D-backs, and with the race turning into a sprint, that's bad news.
The white flag isn't going up because teams in deeper holes have come back with fewer games to play, but it's clear -- and this road trip was the latest sign -- that something is missing with this team. They're good at times and bad at times, but never seem to go too far past either of those points.
Exciting to watch? If you like seven hours of baseball on a Saturday night, then yes.
Bound for the postseason? Not likely.
Dave Dulberg, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB insider - Wednesday April 23ESPN MLB insider Tim Kurkjian discusses what the D-backs need to do to turn things around.
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday April 23What can be done to save the season?
- Kirk Gibson, D-backs manager - Tuesday April 22D-backs manager Kirk Gibson talks about the team's struggles.
- Bickley Blast - Monday April 21Dan goes off on the struggling D-backs.
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB Insider - Thursday April 17Tim Kurkjian talks about the Diamondbacks' tough start to the season.
- Bickley Blast - Thursday April 17Bickley blasts Kevin Towers' philosophy and the need for an analytics GM.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President and CEO - Thursday April 17Is it too early to make a change?