Don't look: Diamondbacks particulars you don't want to read
Such neglect on my part is, admittedly, foolish. But I do the same thing when it comes to my fandom. Don't tell me how many knee surgeries Chipper Jones has had. What Michael Bourn slump? Speed never slumps. I don't care how old Livan Hernandez is. Don't you dare show me his birth certificate.
(Yes -- I'm a Braves fan. Yes -- I write about the Diamondbacks. Sue me.)
Such has been a lifelong pattern. My optimism gives way to unrealistic expectations, which ultimately cause disappointment.
Maybe you have a similar plight. If so, I have good news and I have bad news. The good news: the following is intended to help you kick that horribly unhealthy habit called positivity. The bad news: you may not like what you see.
There's your fair warning. Onward...
The D-backs have won both of their first two division series. They're 5-1 and look like last year's D-backs. But please be careful with yourself.
• The two teams they have played -- the Giants and the Padres -- had the two worst offenses in the National League last season.
• In six games, the D-backs have a +6 run differential. They've won three games by one run and two by two runs. Call it grit. That's fine. Just fear that it may be a lack of dominance.
• Their best pitching outing -- a no-run, four-hit, seven-inning effort that was spoiled -- came from their fifth starter, Joe Saunders.
• Cory Luebke, who gave up six runs to the Dodgers in his first start of the season, held the D-backs to one run on four hits on Wednesday afternoon.
• Justin Upton has two hits on the season. Ryan Roberts and Paul Goldschmidt both have three.
• The middle of the D-backs rotation -- Daniel Hudson, Josh Collmenter and Trevor Cahill -- hasn't looked good. And that's who we'll see this weekend at hitter- friendly Coors Field, as the D-backs face the Rockies
• David Hernandez already has 1/3 of his loss total from last season, and he's given up 1/4 of the home runs he allowed last season.
On the bright side, the D-backs' bats are sure to break out in Denver, at least in part.
Chris Young and Willie Bloomquist have been sensational. Young is batting .364 with an elephantine 1.349 on-base- plus-slugging percentage and three [big] home runs. Bloomquist also has a .364 batting average, while scoring a team-best five runs (one for every game he's played in), with two stolen bases.
Ian Kennedy was dominant Thursday night and Jason Kubel got his key RBI.
Everyone in the bullpen has not only seen the mound, but looked solid. Closer JJ Putz already has four saves and five strikeouts.
I don't intend to alarm. And I'm not trying to be negative. I just know that panorama is valuable and, the fact of the matter is, Livan Hernandez is 37 years old, Michael Bourn is 3-for-24 with one stolen base, and Chipper Jones just had his sixth knee surgery. And let's not talk about my checking account... I haven't looked at it in a while.
- Didi Gregorius, D-backs' shortstop - Friday May 24Doug & Wolf get to know the D-backs' shortstop.
- Daniel Hudson, D-backs' pitcher - Friday May 24Doug & Wolf ask Huddy how he's feeling, how his rehab is going and is he regaining control of his pi
- Josh Collmenter, D-backs' pitcher - Friday May 24The D-backs' pitcher sat down with Doug & Wolf at Chase Field.
- Brad Ziegler, D-backs' pitcher - Friday May 24Doug & Wolf had a great conversation with the D-backs' pitcher.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President & CEO - Thursday May 23Hall talks to Doug & Wolf about injured players and the upcoming series