One-run games proving to be the difference for D-backs
Win a one-run game.
The victory pushed the D-backs' record to 9-17 in such contests, a number that pales in comparison to the 28-16 mark they boasted last season.
It's not a coincidence that last year's team won the NL West while this year's has struggled to be mediocre.
And while you may be looking for someone to blame, your best bet is the team's bats.
Last year's D-backs played in so many close games because, quite frankly, they made so many games close. The team rallied night after night, stealing wins when it seemed defeat was the only option.
Check out these stats, courtesy of Charlie Feinerman's "Touch 'Em All" column, as they will help paint the picture:
A .230 batting average late in games is not going to get the job done.
The good news, if you want to look at it that way, is the D-backs are 50-42 in games not decided by a single run.
So as long as they can keep games from being close they'll be fine.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President & CEO - Thursday May 23Hall talks to Doug & Wolf about injured players and the upcoming series
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB Insider - Thursday May 23Timmy gives us insider insight into this week's top MLB headlines.
- Kevin Towers, D-backs' General Manager - Wednesday May 22Are the D-backs ready for the upcoming MLB June draft? What's the latest on Adam Eaton?
- Kirk Gibson, D-backs' Manager - Tuesday May 21Gibby on Pat Corbin, Adam Eaton's return, & Paul Goldschmidt's success.
- Eric Chavez - Friday May 17D-Backs 3rd baseman Eric Chavez joined Burns & Gambo to discuss his recent hot streak.