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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Arizona Diamondbacks’ losing streak over at 17 with win over Milwaukee Brewers

The Arizona Diamondbacks won on Monday, and their 17-game losing streak came to an end.

For the first time since June 1 and the second time this month, the Diamondbacks walked off the field winners with Monday’s 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field. Starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (3-7) led the way, allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts and a walk over seven innings for his first win since April 27.

With the final out, catcher Stephen Vogt pumped his arms in celebration and the crowd of 9,804 roared. Players streamed out of the dugout with smiles on their faces.

The Diamondbacks (21-53) totaled nine hits and got two each from Ketel Marte and Nick Ahmed. Arizona trailed 1-0 after Avisail Garcia drove in Kolten Wong with a two-out single in the first inning.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2021 at 12:49 AM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John DiFool2 Posted: June 22, 2021 at 10:43 AM (#6025695)
They were once 15-13.

Then went 6-40.
   2. BDC Posted: June 22, 2021 at 11:17 AM (#6025697)
Do the Diamondbacks have any hope on the way from the minor leagues? I see on B-Ref that of the top 100 Baseball America prospects, they have five – an inexact indication of the future, but at least their share.

The Rangers, almost equally bad of late, have one prospect in BA's top 100, an infielder named Josh Jung who just started his AA season after missing 2 months to injury. (At least he's playing well now.) Of their other top prospects, one (P Dane Dunning) is already in the majors and struggling a bit after an OK start; one (C Sam Huff) has been hurt all year, and two (OF Leody Taveras and IF Anderson Tejeda) have been terrible at both the ML and AAA level this year.

They do have a promising AA starter in Cole Winn, and he is very young (21) so … he's very young, basically.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 22, 2021 at 11:58 AM (#6025701)
Why are the D-Backs so bad? While the offense is weak but not terrible, but the pitching staff is by far the worst in the league. They've given up 5.64 runs per game, nearly half a run worse than any other team in the NL (the Rockies are next at 5.19 and the Reds are at 5.13). Through 64 games, they've already used 11 starting pitchers.
   4. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: June 22, 2021 at 12:44 PM (#6025704)
Ken Kendrick can choke on every L coming his way.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: June 22, 2021 at 01:20 PM (#6025710)
The DBacks only have two saves since May 1 - and one was one of the three-inning "mopup" variety in a 9-2 win on May 30. The last "real" save came on May 10 - six weeks ago.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: June 22, 2021 at 01:48 PM (#6025720)
and one was one of the three-inning "mopup" variety in a 9-2 win on May 30. The last "real" save came on May 10 - six weeks ago.


Was Matt Peacock's win from that same game also not real, or does the literal definition only apply to the save?

   7. The Duke Posted: June 22, 2021 at 02:34 PM (#6025726)
I don’t think this is a bad team. With even average pitching they’d play Bette than .500 ball. Gallen is back, maybe madbum can recover from what ails him. If so, they’ll win some games down the stretch.

They have heart too. In several of the games in this horrid run, they’ve Emma’s epic comebacks to fall just a bit short
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 22, 2021 at 05:59 PM (#6025779)
Emma’s epic comebacks


Jane Austen was great at writing dialogue.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: June 22, 2021 at 06:34 PM (#6025787)
Even the "real" save was of the 3-run variety. But they've only won 7 games since May 1 so only 2 saves is not shocking. It's not easy to track but looks like they've blown 5 saves since May 1 but won one of those games.

Anyway, 7-41 since May 1 is the main problem here and even if they converted all 4 of those blown saves they lost, it would be 11-37.
   10. BillWallace Posted: June 23, 2021 at 12:48 AM (#6025894)
The Dbacks have a pretty good farm system at the moment, so they've got that going for them. Several in the top 100 and also really deep.

The Rangers are really thin at the top, which is obviously the most important part, but they are a very deep farm system. Lots of lottery tickets so they could turn up a few stars from that.
   11. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: June 23, 2021 at 02:29 AM (#6025898)
I don’t think this is a bad team.


Oh, come on. They're not as bad as they looked going 0-17, but they have the worst pitching in the league and the worst offense in the NL by WAA. To get that average pitching, they'd have to improve by something like 75 runs -- over the course of 65 games. That is real bad. They have the worst outfield in the NL, the worst 2B play in the NL, and among the worst at several other positions. They need way more than one guy returning from injury to be anything but bad.
   12. Cooper Nielson Posted: June 23, 2021 at 05:37 AM (#6025900)
I don’t think this is a bad team.

They're 21-54. What would it take to convince you? :)
   13. McCoy Posted: June 23, 2021 at 06:06 AM (#6025901)
Going 0-17 also shows up in the pitching and hitting staffs so if they aren't as truly bad as 0-17 would indicate they also aren't as truly bad as their stats would indicate.
   14. sunday silence (again) Posted: June 23, 2021 at 02:46 PM (#6025955)
Exactly, there 21-54 bad, not 0-17 bad.
   15. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: June 24, 2021 at 01:37 PM (#6026123)
4-36 in their last 40 games now. What is the longest stretch that any team has played .100 or under baseball? At one point, the 2012 Astros were 32-43. They then had a 3-29 run. The 2013 Astros were even worse overall, and managed to finish the season with 15 losses in a row, but, I don't think they had any in-season stretches like this D-backs team. The 1935 Boston Braves had runs of 2-23 and 2-28.

Looks like the answer has to be the 1899 Spiders, who finished July losing 7 in a row and then only won 5 games total in August and September. 5-65 run to end the season. But, that was barely a real major league team.
   16. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 24, 2021 at 01:57 PM (#6026127)
The 2003 Tigers never had a really long stretch below .100, but they had separate strings of 2-19, 2-20, 2-18, and 1-16. You gotta respect the consistency.
   17. Jack Sommers Posted: June 25, 2021 at 01:44 AM (#6026259)
They're on pace to go 45-117 at the moment, and with sales pending, it's likely to get worse.

The Mets 1962 record of 120 losses is in real "jeopardy" of falling this year.

   18. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: June 25, 2021 at 02:07 AM (#6026260)
I think it's a lot more likely that they don't even lose 100 games than that they make it to 120. No modern team is ever going to project that poorly.
   19. Ron J Posted: June 25, 2021 at 07:42 AM (#6026270)
#15 The Spiders also pretty much stopped having home games. They played only one home game after August 30 and none between July 1 and August 24.

Easy to understand from a financial point of view. Their share of a road game was more than they'd get from hosting a home game given that their average attendance was:

145

Seriously.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2021 at 10:22 AM (#6026287)
Going that long under .100 is insane. Even the '88 Orioles started 6-34 (.150). The 2005 Royals had a 19-game losing streak, but the worst they went over 40 games was .200 ball (8-32).
   21. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: June 25, 2021 at 01:24 PM (#6026312)
I think it's a lot more likely that they don't even lose 100 games than that they make it to 120. No modern team is ever going to project that poorly.


I think the Orioles will end up with a worse record than the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks at least have a few good players. This is just a remarkable stretch of bad baseball. You just don't see major league teams lose 13 in a row, then a few days later go on a 17 game losing streak.
   22. bfan Posted: June 25, 2021 at 06:09 PM (#6026363)
Did Arizona have a crazy number of top draft choices a few years ago. It seems that through FA losses and maybe they didn’t sign a guy the year before, they had maybe 8 of the top 80 choices, so they could risk high ceiling high bust players, and still sign enough safety choices. What happened to that crop of players?
   23. Jack Sommers Posted: June 26, 2021 at 07:09 PM (#6026481)
I think it's a lot more likely that they don't even lose 100 games than that they make it to 120. No modern team is ever going to project that poorly.


Well, if we are going by projected, Fangraphs has them ending up at 59-103, based on going 38-47, .446 W% the rest of the way. (They currently have a.273 W%)

I watch every inning of every game and am fully informed on every player on the depth chart . I can state with as much certainty as anyone can state in these things (After all YCPB, right ?) that even going 38-47 the rest of the way is highly optimistic. In fact it's a pipe dream.

As for no more than 99 losses, then you're talking 42-43 the rest of the way. NO. WAY.

The projections cannot catch up to just how bad the pitching is and how deep the effect the injuries are having on them.

Might they keep the losses under 110 ? Yeah, that would seem more likely than losing over 120. I'd agree with that. But losing no more than 99 games? Not happening.

   24. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: June 26, 2021 at 11:29 PM (#6026518)
I'll just say that you come across as somewhat hyperbolic when you claim it an impossibility that they could beat their ROS projection by 4 games.
   25. Jack Sommers Posted: June 26, 2021 at 11:48 PM (#6026519)
I can accept that......like I said I've watched every inning of every game of a .273 team that is 6-43 in their last 49. I am deeply scarred. (They look like on their way to a win tonight though.
   26. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: June 29, 2021 at 08:58 AM (#6026812)
at one point they were 15-13. 7-45 since then. For a 2nd time, they are 4-36 in their last 40 games. And, now, their best position player is back on the IL.
   27. Ron J Posted: June 29, 2021 at 10:35 AM (#6026820)
#26 Presumably this means more Tim Locastro. Not sure how somebody that fast could have a 7-72 two month stretch.
   28. bunyon Posted: June 29, 2021 at 11:41 AM (#6026825)
We've long wanted a salary floor. How about this:

Any time a team finishes under .300, they have to adopt the team name "Spiders" and keep it until another team finishes under .300.

   29. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: July 01, 2021 at 08:37 AM (#6027177)
8-48 in May and June, .143 winning percentage. 1-28 on the road.

They are 17-59 (.224) against everyone other than the Reds... 5-1 against the Reds including a sweep in Cincinnati... sigh...
   30. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: July 08, 2021 at 10:56 AM (#6028248)
For the first time since May 11, the Diamondbacks have won 2 in-a-row! Apparently, the Rockies are also very bad.
   31. escabeche Posted: July 08, 2021 at 02:18 PM (#6028270)
I've been watching a lot of Orioles games and I gotta say it's hard for me to get my head around the objective fact that there exists a team playing worse ball than us

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