As I made my way into work this morning passed the cars that had been abandoned due to heavy flooding I obviously spared a thought for the people of Phoenix stuck in that very hot and very dry place. But as I sat watching several people being dragged to their death by the swirling waters it also gave me the chance to ponder where the Diamondbacks were in their season. A few days ago I wrote that this was their "moment of truth", with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer sacked and the momentum seemingly leaving the club it seemed likely that by the end of the series against the Cubs we would know how the second half of the season would pan out.
So far it doesn’t look good. After a brief false dawn against the Padres the old woes seem to have returned, particularly in relation to the hitting.My sad little heart sinks every time the D-Backs get a runner on third with one out as it can pretty much be guaranteed that this will be followed by a pop-up and a strike-out (I actually have a very good pop-up blocker on my PC that maybe the D-Backs should look at investing in). Now they face a streaking Cubs team in a series that they at least need to split in order to look back at this road-trip with some semblance of satisfaction. Brandon Webb needs to prove that he is the ace of the staff tonight (his last few starts have been exercises in giving his team "a chance") and pitch his best stuff.
Luckily the Padres and Dodgers have not got too far ahead but the team need to get that elusive momentum back before all the talk reverts back to what a good team they will be "next year".