The Diamondbacks have been playing in the state of Arizona for 19 consecutive seasons. One thing that’s impressive about the Diamondbacks is that they’ve been playing at their stadium, Chase Field, for the entire duration the team has been here. In an age where it seems like a few new ball parks are being built every season, Phoenix based sports team has done an incredible job keeping their stadium up to date. While the sports facility the team plays in is modern, and beautiful, these words are far from what I would use to describe the Diamondbacks season in 2016. The only other team that plays as dismally as the D’Backs were the San Diego Padres. They were both at the bottom of the totem pole in the NL West division standings but I think they learned some valuable lessons this year that can help them in their 2017 season.
The Diamondbacks went through some big changes after the 2015 season when they fired their general manager, Dave Stewart, and their teams manager, Chip Hale. No one was sure how the new GM and skipper would do but everyone soon realized that it wasn’t going to be an easy transition. After the Diamondbacks went 79-83 in 2015, everyone thought we had a solid foundation to build upon. We were only 13 games away from being tied with the Dodgers for first place and only 5 games behind the Giants for 2nd place. This season was a complete step backwards and instead of battling for one of the top positions, we were down with the bottom feeders fighting not to come in last place. Lets take a look at some of the poor performances that led to this below average season for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
When it comes to problems with the Diamondbacks this season, it’s hard to pinpoint a place to start. First of all, their pitching performances were a major problem for the team last year. Their starters were pulled before the 4th inning more than any other team in the MLB. Second of all, their hitters couldn’t come up with any clutch hits when they had runners in scoring position. Throughout the year the Diamondbacks only scored a total of 752 runs while their pitching staff gave up 890 runs. These statistics can sometimes be misleading when you’re losing to teams by a small margin on a consistent basis. They weren’t in many of these close games this season so I feel like this statistic is relevant and can shed some light on their problems.
The Diamondbacks have a lot of work to do over the off season. They need to make some trades and shell out some serious money for a power hitter and an ace pitcher. If they can get their other starters to go farther into games and not have to rely so heavily on their relief pitchers, the Diamondbacks can certainly turn it around in the 2017 season.