Touch 'Em All: It's good to head home
Wondering what I'm talking about?
I'm talking about David Wright in a Diamondbacks jersey.
Sure, there are a lot of things that have to be right (pardon the pun) for the third baseman to end up in Arizona. He'd have to sign a long-term deal here, which in itself is the biggest roadblock to this idea.
But look at the situation, the D-backs' lineup is struggling, and they have been all year. The Diamondbacks have a surplus, and I mean a HUGE surplus of pitchers and young players in the minors. There's not even enough space in the majors for all of those prospects. So what should the D-backs do?
Anyway, looking at the series at hand, the only positive, as I mention below several times, was J.J. Putz's bounce-back performance.
I'm hoping to see Chris Young back on the field during this homestand, but if I were you, I wouldn't hold my breath…
Series Report Card
Record: C The Diamondbacks dropped another series on the East coast. I feel like I repeat myself every time they lose a series, but hey, I'll say it until things change. If the D-backs want to contend for the NL West, they have to turn things around. The hitting, the bullpen, heck, even the starting pitching, has to improve.
Offense: C Coming in to each game, I never know if the D-backs lineup will get shut down, or if it will score a few runs. It seems like more and more the lineup is getting shut down, and as I have said before, it is in dire need of the return of Chris Young.
Defense: B+ The defense remained pretty good through this series, it is one of the only strong points this team has had consistently over the last few series. Hopefully the D-backs can gain consistency in other areas of their game soon.
Pitching: B The D-backs starters, besides Patrick Corbin, looked okay in this series. Trevor Cahill pitched well on Sunday and most importantly; J.J. Putz bounced back from his second blown save of the year with a great performance on Friday.
Managing: A I liked Kirk Gibson's move to go to Josh Collmenter early to get Patrick Corbin out of trouble. Moves like that are the difference between getting blown out and actually having a chance to win a game in which the starter didn't pitch well.
Play of the Series: The play of this series was the final pitch on Friday, which was a lineout to end the game, giving J.J. Putz a 1-2-3 inning and a great bounce back from his struggles. For D-backs fans, Putz's bounce back is fantastic (and actually 100% necessary) to see.
Villain of the Series: This series' villain award is going to be a bit unorthodox, however I think it's very just. The villain is the East Coast. The D-backs went 5-5 on this Eastern swing, and in so doing, lost two series to two teams that they shouldn't really be losing to.
Player of the Series: I'm going to give the POTS award this series to J.J. Putz. I will reiterate that in order for the D-backs to go anywhere, the back end of the rotation must be working perfectly. J.J. had a 1-2-3 inning on Friday and here's hoping that continues for a while.
The "Dikembe Mutombo Finger Wag" Award: This award goes to the entire team this series. The D-backs have lost their mojo. I'm not sure if it is just the absence of Chris Young, or if it is something deeper. Last year the Diamondbacks were a team that would have a different guy step up each night… But now it is like everyone is looking at everyone else and wondering who's going to step up, but no one actually is.
Best Moment of the Series: When the D-backs got on the plane and headed back to the desert. The East coast has not been kind to the Snakes. Simple as that.
The Road Ahead: The Diamondbacks return home on Monday for a three-game series with the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals. The next six games, while tough, are very big for the D-backs. They face the Giants after the Cardinals on this homestand.
- Eric Chavez - Friday May 17D-Backs 3rd baseman Eric Chavez joined Burns & Gambo to discuss his recent hot streak.
- Tim Kurkjian - Thursday May 16ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian joined Burns and Gambo to discuss the development of Diamondbacks star
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday May 15KT talks to Doug & Wolf about the big win over the Braves!
- Keith Law, ESPN MLB Insider - Monday May 13Law talks to Doug & Wolf about Justin Upton's return to AZ.
- Heath Bell, D-backs pitcher - Friday May 10Bell talks to Doug & Wolf about Sushi and the mentality of a closer