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The Arizona Diamondbacks Losing Streak Problem

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Dating back to April 25th, the last Diamondback victory on the road and the beginning of a very long Diamondbacks losing streak on the road that now sits at 22 games. As recent as two nights ago it seemed as though the losing streak might end, but alas, the Diamondbacks would fall apart and the 7-0 lead over the San Francisco Giants would disappear and would end up losing. The season as a whole has been rough for Arizona, the Diamondbacks losing streak will come to an end but the struggles in a loaded division may not.

The team for the season currently sits with a 20-49 record and are 23.5 games back for first place in the division, one of the few positives to take from this is the team looks to be a shoo-in for a top 5 pick next season, meanwhile, the team awaits the upcoming draft where they have the 6th overall pick. Just surpassing the midpoint of June, the Diamondbacks could see some changes in the next month and a half after the trade deadline, all things aside this is essentially a lost season in the desert.

Diamondbacks Losing Streak: Historically Bad

The Diamondbacks are the definition of worst-case scenario when your team isn’t healthy. The team is currently missing Kole Calhoun who is scheduled to return on June 27th when eligible. Luke Weaver and Madison Bumgarner are both on the 60 day IL along with having 5 other pitchers on the IL.

The Diamondbacks losing streak on the road as of June 17th sits at 23, which has surpassed the previous record for longest road losing streak of 22 games held by the 1963 new York Mets and 1943 Philadelphia Athletics. One of the Diamondbacks biggest flaws this season has been the pitching, that as of June 18th the teams pitching ranks dead last in team fWAR of 1.6 and trails the second closest Minnesota twins by 0.8. As a team, Arizona holds a 5.41 ERA which ranks last in the league.

Chart Source: Fangraphs.com

The team’s coveted starting pitcher Zac Gallen returned from the IL after a month stint with a right elbow strain, a small victory for a team that has seen 12 different pitchers start a game midway through June. The pitching staff is lead by Merrill Kelly who has proven to be a decent back-end starter, leads the team in innings pitched with 57.1 over 10 starts, and has provided a 5.25 ERA and a FIP/xFIP combo both north of 4.00. Aside from Gallen, the team doesn’t really have any notable pitchers or anyone that you would consider safe as the days tick closer to the trade deadline.

The relievers for the Diamondbacks have been borderline awful, a -0.5 fWAR and an ERA above 5.00 is almost all you need to know about how the bullpen has been. One of the few positives from the bullpen has been Taylor Clarke and his 3.74 ERA with a respectable FIP/xFIP below 4.00 to match the production.

Small Victories In Development

The Diamondbacks losing streak hasn’t been all on the offense as it has been the strong point for Arizona despite having a team wRC+ of 88 which ranks 25th in the league. The offense is led by veterans such as Eduardo Escobar, David Peralta, and Asdrubal Cabrera. The team was without Ketel Marte for just over a month early in the season, and as previously mentioned starting right fielder Kole Calhoun found himself on the IL early as well.

Chart source: Fangraphs.com

During the Diamondbacks losing streak the offense has been rough, but there have been a few bright spots such as josh Rojas bouncing back from his early-season struggles showing off some of what we saw in spring training. Pavin Smith and Carson Kelly have provided value for the diamondbacks and could look to be part of the future in the desert.

The offense for the rest of the season will likely stick towards the basement of the league, the Diamondbacks losing streak, unfortunately, resolves around the offense give how poor the pitching has been with no help on the way.

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Murray is a college student attending Humber College for Sport Business, can be found on Twitter at @_MurrayBrown