Diamondbacks hideous slump by the numbers.

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  1. Ronin

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    AVG: .190, last in NL (26 points worse than 14th-place St. Louis)
    OBP: .267, last in NL (13 points worse than 14th-place New York)
    SLG: .301, last in NL (55 points worse than 14th-place San Diego)
    Home runs: 10, tied for last in NL with San Diego
    Strikeouts: 151, most in NL (two more than San Francisco)
    Runs: 38, last in NL (one fewer than a Mets team that’s played two fewer games
    https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2018/05/17/diamondbacks-are-in-a-hideous-offensive-slump/
     
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    Pathetic.
     
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    Beyond pathetic
     
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    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    Wow. Really unbelievable
     
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    And we won a lot of games with half the lineup batting around .200. I was fun while it lasted but it always catches up with you. We did the smoke and mirrors to perfection, but it's all over now.
     
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    This team isnt just bad, they're unwatchable.
     
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    I originally posted this in the D-backs vs. Mets thread, but I think it belongs here.

    THE WESTERN DIAMONDBACK HAS LOST ITS BITE

    Our middle of the order power -- Goldy, Lamb and Souza (the poor man's Martinez) -- was set to lead our batting order. Then came Goldy's decline, which started in the latter part of last season. Luckily, Pollock stepped up to take his place. Then injuries hit Lamb and Souza. Then Pollock. And now it is like starting Spring Training all over again. And the rest of our lineup (with the exception of Descalso and Murphy) is pathetic. And, for some unknown reason, Murphy hardly ever starts. I don't think he has started two games in a row all season.

    The power hitters we've counted on this season, like Lamb, Souza and Pollock, haven't learned to use discretion in the field. Hustle is great. But they should know by now that risking injury is just not worth it for one play. All of which has put put more pressure on a declining Goldy. And his failure has put pressure on the rest of the team (like Avila).

    All of which has put pressure on our pitching staff. Injuries and inconsistency among the starters, who we thought were a solid group. And our three closers. The Beard is now routinely giving up 2-run home runs. Then there's our middle inning relievers, which is a putrid bunch.

    The D-backs have been a much better team facing lefty pitchers. Playing so many games vs. the Dodgers early and their predominantly lefty starting rotation is why we've been in 1st place. But we won't see them again until the end of August.

    And we have become a losing team, about to drop in the standings. Just as with Goldy, it is not a "slump".

    It was fun while it lasted.

    THE WESTERN DIAMONDBACK HAS LOST ITS BITE
     
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    Well, it has happened. The highest batting average in our lineup tonight (Monday) vs. the Brewers belongs to pitcher Zack Greinke. Even David Peralta, who was hitting in the .300’s, has slipped below. I guess with all disappointments hitting behind him, and batting lefty, he is not getting anything good to hit.

    Now that Goldy hit his first home run since April 15th, I think it is time for our “quiet leader” to step up and call a players only meeting. I would suggest he tells them, “Forget this ‘lift’ crap. It is time for us all to manufacture runs all game long. Hitting the ball in the air and scoring one run per game is bull****.”
     
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    Record-setting futility... But, when you consider the issues the team has been facing, it's not that much of a surprise really. Ok, maybe the depth of the slump is a shock, but, considering Goldy's pathetic start, Marte and Owings as well...as we as injuries to Lamb, Souza and now Pollack - all of that is a classic recipe for disaster. And that's what we have.
    Offensively, this team simply can't get over these type of hurdles... I mean, if it were just one of them, perhaps. But all at once? No way.
    Collectively, these issues equate to placing guys like Peralta, Dyson, Descalso (who is optimal as a situational player, NOT an everyday player), Ahmed and pick any of our catchers, into roles they have never filled before. So, what happens?? They press. They try to be more than what they have always been... more than they can ever be. All because they are forced to try to make up for the crappy starts of Goldy, Marte and Owings, and the injuries to Lamb, Pollack and Souza...
    In short, it's a mess...with no viable solution to turn it around anytime soon.
     
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    The injuries are the only legitimate alibi. And even not that, once they start occurring. Our three sluggers should have been told that it is not worth it to attempt reckless catches or slides and miss three months for the sake of one out or one run. It is no longer an excuse.

    And, as far as Goldy, something very specific is causing his inability to get around on fast balls. Have the D-backs found, or even looked for, it? All we see is that he was moved into the cleanup spot.

    My own assessment, as I've posted, and in agreement with your post, is that Goldy's eye/hand coordination is shot and that the "lift" mentality on the team is causing every hitter (power or light hitting) to uppercut the ball into the air indiscriminately despite averaging 1.9 runs scored per game, the worst in the Major Leagues. That is the result of it.

    Now the Manager makes jokes about it by saying that he might replace batting practice with home run contests. Whether he was being sarcastic or not, his job is to be on top of his problems, not make light of them to the fans. We know better.
     
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