2009 MLB season in review: Arizona Diamondbacks

After starting 12-17 the Arizona Diamondbacks fired their manger Bob Melvin, while that was probably the right move, their season may have already been lost. In fact since winning 90 games in 2007 this team has seen their victories drop by 10 a year that is a very bad trend that needs to be fixed in this off season. Sure they lost their ace, Brandon Webb for the season early on but good baseball teams are able to overcome those kinds of setbacks. I guess that means the Diamondbacks aren’t that good of a team.

Their final record was 70-92 good enough for fifth in the National League West. They did spend two days in first place, but they never managed to build a lead. At their worst they were 26 games behind, and they finished 25 games behind division champion the Los Angeles Dodgers. In august they suffered through a seven game losing streak, and their wasn’t a lot of positive things to speak about.

Their offense was almost non existent for much of this season. They scored just 720 runs and as a team hit just .253, the second worst team average in the American League. Two of their starting nine were able to hit .300. As a team they struck out 1,298 times more than any other NL team. While four of their starting five pitchers were able to score double digit wins, this team could not overcome the loss of their Ace. They gave up 782 runs, and 168 home runs. They were able to strike out 1,158 batter while issuing 525 walks.

In all 2,129,183 fans came out to Chase Field to see Diamondback home games. For their 81 home games they averaged 26,286 fans good enough for 20th among the 30 MLB teams. For 2009 they were able to sell just 53.5 % of their ticket inventory.

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