Home not where the wins are for D-backs
Sure, in the big leagues, team personnel travel on chartered flights, stay in five-star hotels and eat in the finest restaurants, but there's still comfort and relief in getting home.
The Arizona Diamondbacks returned from a three-city, seven-game roadie to the seemingly friendly confines of Chase Field to host the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night. But it was the Dodgers who enjoyed their surroundings in a convincing 6-1 victory.
The home loss for the D-backs was anything but an anomaly. Chase Field has become a house of horrors for Kirk Gibson's team.
Including the postseason, the Diamondbacks went 27-6 over their last 33 games at home during the 2011 season. That trend continued during this season's opening weekend, when Arizona swept the San Francisco Giants in a three-game set.
But it's fallen apart since then, as Kirk Gibson's team has gone 4-13 in its last 17 home dates. They're 1-8 in their last 9.
The numbers during the nine-game stretch are just ugly. Arizona has been outscored 59-27. They've been outhomered 16-5. The D-backs are hitting just .232 as a team and averaging 3.0 runs per game.
The pitching numbers have been worse. Arizona hurlers have compiled a 6.11 ERA and if you take out a solid pitching performance by Patrick Corbin, Bryan Shaw and David Hernandez against San Francisco on May 11 (the Diamondbacks' one home win in this stretch), that number balloons to 6.75.
With the loss Monday night, the Diamondbacks' deficit grew to 10.5 games. Despite constant comparisons between this year's team and last year's that won the National League West, the 2011 D-backs never trailed by more than 6.5 games.
"We've just got to start playing better and doing things better in this clubhouse before we start worrying about somebody else" shortstop Willie Bloomquist said Monday. "We're capable, we've just got to get on a roll."
That roll may as well start now against Los Angeles, a team that appeared vulnerable when star center fielder Matt Kemp was placed in the disabled list last week. But without their All-Star, Don Mattingly's club has gone 6-2 and has won five straight.
- 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