Earthquake wakes up the Diamondbacks
Published: August 24, 2011 @ 10:35am
Having a 5.8 on the Richter Scale-style earthquake make your team really late to the park is a new one to me. That's exactly what happened to the Diamondbacks Tuesday night and guess what? It worked! The team snapped a 6 game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals.
I'm not sure the quake completely woke this team up, as they still only managed 2 runs off a Sean Burroughs blast in the 7th, but a win is a win and this team needed one in the worst way.
They can all make sure to thank starter Ian Kennedy, who like most of the year, was spectacular! He got himself into a lot of trouble only to rescue himself with timely punch outs. He now is 16-4 with an ERA slightly above 3. I really think the kid has put himself in serious contention for another D-Backs Cy Young award winner. He is probably still behind the likes of Roy Halladay and Clayton Kershaw, but not by much. He still has a good handful of starts left and if he gets to 20 wins and can somehow sneak that era to just under 3. I think he has a legitimate case for the award.
The offense has been dreadful as of late and with Justin Upton a little banged up after being hit AGAIN, by a member of the Nationals pitching staff, you have to still be concerned. Kelly Johnson is gone and now we turn to another from Blue Jay 2nd baseman to come here and get it done. I'm still not sure about that trade, but it wasn't like batting .209 was making it tough to say goodbye.
The Giants are banged up and playing about as bad as the D-Backs right now. It is time for these snakes to strike.
Thirty-three games left in the season. I say you need 18 more wins to take this division down. Can this team play 3 games above .500 for the rest of the year? I say they can and will end up winning this division. If they don't I would hate to be in Kirk Gibson's office after the last game. He might make a 5.8 earthquake feel like child's play!