The Arizona Diamondbacks have dropped two straight series, coming out on the wrong ends of sweeps by the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins.
The latter closed out Arizona with a 4-0 victory Thursday night as the D-backs’ offense couldn’t support a 5.1-inning, two-earned run effort from starting pitcher Robbie Ray.
Six straight losses aren’t the result of Arizona coming up short of the very high expectations placed upon the team before the year began. The defeats are a result of the D-backs failing to even reach the low end of those expectations. There’s not a complex theme to this losing skid — a lot of players are simply playing poorly.
As Chip Hale and his team move forward to a three-game road series against the Atlanta Braves, here are some telling numbers from the recent streak.
D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is without a run or an RBI scored over the last two series. He has four hits, five walks and eight strikeouts in 19 at-bats.
It’s not just Goldschmidt who is struggling. Hale’s crew is averaging just two runs per game as the offense has withered. The D-backs recorded three games of just five hits and scored two combined runs in those games. Even when they recorded eight, nine and 11 hits in the three games prior to Thursday, the Diamondbacks could only muster three, four and three runs during those respective outings.
The Diamondbacks haven’t allowed less than four runs in any of the last six games. Want the totals in terms of average? Arizona is allowing 5.83 runs per game over the last two series.
Leading to an ERA of 8.00 for the group, Arizona’s bullpen has allowed 16 of the 35 runs scored against the D-backs but done so in 18 innings pitched. The starters have allowed 19 earned runs in 31 frames.
That’s the ERA of the D-backs starting pitchers of late. Ace Zack Greinke put together the best line with a seven-inning performance that led to just two earned runs. For context, the ERA would rank second-to-last in the majors, just ahead of the Brewers’ 5.58 ERA for the season.
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