Updated Jul 1, 2013 - 9:25 am
D-backs' first half of 2013 season: By the numbers
Walk-off hits, blown saves, an MVP candidate, a Cy Young contender and just about everything in between. And that's only the first half of the Arizona Diamondbacks' 2013 season.
With 81 games officially in the books, we look back at some of the numbers that have defined the team's 42-39 start.
3:Through 81 games in 2012, the D-backs were six games out of first place with a 39-42 record. This season, they've improved their win total by three at the end of the first half.
9:The D-backs have certainly had a flair for the dramatic this season. Kirk Gibson's squad has already played 11 extra-inning games, nine of which ended with a victory.
10:Arguably the lowlight of the first half came on June 11 when the D-backs and Dodgers engaged in a lengthy brawl at Dodger Stadium. Right-hander Ian Kennedy was assessed the largest penalty in the aftermath, a 10-game ban. It was longest suspension given to a pitcher since 2005.
15:At the halfway point, the D-backs hold a slim two-game lead in the NL West, but it's a lead that potentially could have been a lot bigger if not for the bullpen. Arizona relievers have blown 15 saves this season. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs have blown more.
18:Kirk Gibson and Co. have played in an MLB-high 29 one-run games. Of those 29, the D-backs have won 18 -- also the most in baseball.
22:Arizona's starting rotation struggled mightily in the month of June. Over the team's final 22 games in the month, not a single starting pitcher recorded a win.
37:Home might be where the heart is, but the D-backs wouldn't know too much about that so far in 2013. Arizona has played just 37 home games at Chase Field this season, tied for the fewest (Philadelphia Phillies) in the National League.
44:Paul Goldschmidt, who wears the No. 44, has done it all this season. He leads the team in batting average (.306), home runs (19), RBI (67), stolen bases (8) on-base percentage (.386), total bases (167) and WAR (2.8). The D-backs first baseman has not only been the team's best player, but quite possibly the National League's best player to date.
78:Until Friday night's 3-0 loss at the hands of the Atlanta Braves, the D-backs hadn't been shut out over their first 78 games of 2013. It was the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and the longest to start a season in franchise history.
93.75Patrick Corbin went from barely making the team to becoming the savior of the rotation in the first half of 2013. The left-hander is 9-0 on the season with a 2.22 ERA. The D-backs have won 93.75 percent (15-of-16) of the games he's started this season.
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