PHOENIX, AZ - Through twenty-two games, the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching staff has given up a league worst 27 home runs and owns a league worst Earned Run Average.
Oh yes, and a league worst 5-17 record.
Granted, Patrick Corbin is out for the season, but the D-backs best pitcher, Wade Miley, is currently tied for 84th best in the league with an E.R.A. of 4.35 The next best is Brandon McCarthy at 113th and then Trevor Cahill at 114th. Oh, those numbers are out of 117 total pitchers who currently show up on the stat sheet.
The D-backs started a four game series against the second worst team in the National League, the Chicago Cubs on Monday night (April 21) and got beat 5-1 on a cloudy night in Chicago.
Can it get much worse right now for the Diamondbacks?
Bronson Arroyo, who has an Earned Run Average of 9.50 made it just five and a third innings, giving up five runs on eight hits to help the Diamondbacks to their ninth loss in the last ten games. What made life even harder for Arroyo is the fact that he gave up a three run home run to Cubs pitcher Travis Wood. That’s right, the Cubs pitcher!
Wood drove in another run in the fourth with a double that fell off center fielder Tony Campana’s glove near the wall. That hit by Wood gave the Cubbies a 5-0 lead.
The good news so far this season has to be Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo.
Goldy is batting .333 with twelve runs batted in while Trumbo is number one in the league with seven home runs.
The problem right now is the fact that there’s no pitching help in sight and I would caution against bringing up right hander Archie Bradley. Sure, Bradley is probably ready to give the big leagues a shot, but remember, he’s only 21 years old and although he’s rated MLB.com’s top pitching prospect, to put all the pressure on his shoulders this early in the season would, in my opinion, be a huge mistake.
Also keep in mind that Bradley did get three starts this year in Spring Training and pitched 8 1/3 innings. While his first two outings were solid, striking out nine batters in 6 1/3 innings. But his last start of the Spring was a little shaky, so the D-backs sent him to Triple-A Reno to start the season.
Also remember that he’s still getting his feet wet in Triple-A ball after making 21 of his 26 starts last year in Double-A.
As Manager Kirk Gibson said after the loss to the Cubs, “Everything we’ve been going through, it's been tough on everybody and you just try and rotate the guys in and give guys a break.”
Clearly, Gibson needs an influx of talent. You can’t lay all this at his feet, after all, a coach is only as good as his talent and clearly, the Diamondbacks are lacking talent right now, at least on the mound!