As Britain reels to the triple blow of an only just failed terrorist plot, record summer rain and floods, and "America’s Got Talent" now being shown on British screens, this seems as good a time as any to look back on the D-Backs season so far (it’s actually raining so hard outside that there is little else I can do).
All good feedback should be in the form of a hamburger ( literally in the case of Frank Thomas) so I’ll start with some good, say what’s bad and then finish up with some good again so that Bob Melvin and the team approach tonight’s game in a healthy frame of mind (I have it from a very good source that this blog is required reading for every single member of the Diamondbacks organization).
The astonishing fact is that no team in the National League has won more games than we have. I doubt that many of us would have predicted that in April and it is almost certainly down to the starting pitching in the first few months and the bullpen throughout the season. The D-Backs are 9 games over .500 in the regular season and 9 games over .500 in one run games. The bullpen is the reason that they are where they are in the standings.
The disappointment of the season has been the hitting of the young players. Far more knowledgeable bloggers than me have pointed this out, but if their stats don’t improve then we may have to accept that they are not the bright young things they were touted as, or examine why so many of these prospects don’t live up to expectations. The other concern is that the starting pitching has looked vulnerable recently (although Livan went 8 innings last night) and only Brandon Webb is genuinely capable of consistently putting in quality starts, for the rest it’s a case of making sure their team is in the game for as long as they can. If they can do that then we will stick around in the standings.
The other plus points of the season have been the performances of Eric Byrnes and Orlando Hudson who seem to have taken it upon themselves to carry the younger players at times but even they have not been exceptional.So if I had to pick the one major positive about the season so far it is that even though not one single player is having a great season (and some are having quite bad ones) the team still has an incredibly good record. This would seem to indicate that there is a winning mentality within the squad and that, in itself, can be worth all the stats fit to print.
Away from the baseball I have had some good news in that I seem to have won the Democratic Republic of Congo’s annual lottery. The Leader of the Lotery Bord (sic) himself sent me an e-mail with this news, I’ve sent him my bank account and personal details and the money should be with me by the end of the week. Who knows I may even be able to buy a stake in the D-Backs!