Arizona Diamondback mid season review

The final 2010 mid season review and we have a pretty bad baseball team, one that is in the middle of a massive rebuilding effort. The Manger and General Manager have been fired and this team is looking for a new direction. They sit 21 games out of the lead in the American League West with a 38-65 record. Kirk Gibson has been named the interim manager but they have gone just 7-17 since he took over. Right now they are the third worst team is baseball so there is a lot of work to do.

If there is a bright spot it has to be the offense, but of course they play is such a hitters park that other baseball executives have a hard time accepting the numbers players put up there. They have scored 461 runs, and as a team they are hitting .252. They have collected 888 hits which can be broken down like this; 198 doubles (most among NL clubs), 21 triples, and 115 home runs. Of course D-Backs hitters have struck out 952 times (most in the NL), and drawn 381 walks.

This was a pretty bad staff before Dan Haren was traded, and I don’t know what to say about post Haren trade. They have given up 585 runs, and the staff ERA is 5.31 easily the highest among the 16 National League teams. They have given up 1,007 hits and 139 home runs. Both of those numbers lead the NL as well. They have managed to strike out 715 hitters, and have issued 381 walks.

Like I said this is a rebuilding team and they traded away Haren and Edwin Jackson at the trade deadline and mostly got prospects in return. I don’t see them sticking with Gibson as manager for long and they probably will hire a new front office staff in the off season. I think in a season or two this will be a very different ball club.

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