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The Guts to Pull the Plug?

Posted on: June 17, 2009 11:54 am

Anyone out there who doesn’t think the Diamondbacks should start trying to move players immediately needs to sit down and actually watch this team.  More often than not they are not good, and more often than not they are not really in the game.  Last night they had only one more hit than error in a 5-0 loss to the Royals.


There are things that certain players do that give you hope for the future.  If they get a few more pieces and they can get Brandon Webb back to his old self there is no reason they will not be able to compete next year.  This year however is a lost cause.  They are 11 games under .500, 16 games behind in the division, 8 games back in the wild card race with only the Nationals behind them, and have the second worst record in all of baseball.  


There are 97 games left, so it’s easy to say that there is a lot of baseball still to be played.  To reach .500 on the season they need to play .556 baseball for the next three and a half months. Currently only 5 teams in baseball have winning percentages over .556.  Is it very realistic to say that the Diamondbacks will be able to be one of the top five teams in baseball the rest of the season?


It is time to stop being so myopic about this team.  This season they just aren’t going to do it.  It doesn’t mean that we stop watching them for the rest of the year, it doesn’t mean that we can’t find good things within the team despite their record.  Mark Reynolds was just named co NL MVP for last week.  Max Scherzer is one of the more exciting pitchers to watch and he’s just getting started.  Dan Haren has been utterly dominant almost every fifth day for the team. 


The team as whole does not work and Josh Byrnes needs to start making the changes necessary to get the team ready to compete next season.  No one on the team, in the front office, sitting in the stands, or watching on their couch at home wants to see a sequel to the 2009 season anytime soon.       


Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2009 2:19 pm

The Guts to Pull the Plug?

You're absolutely right - it's easy to say they should start making trades but what kind of players do you think they'd get in return?  And if they do make a trade there's the risk of another Carlos Quentin situation - ditch a player when he's hitting .214 for you then watch him go elsewhere and put up an All-Star year.  FYI - Connor's been on the DL with Valley Fever and Pneumonia most of the year and for all the Byrnes bashing going on - remember as bad as he's been he's still hitting about 50 points better than Chris Young.

At least it'll be fun to see if Reynolds can repeat as league leader in strikeouts and errors.  I doubt that's ever been done before.  History in the making, people!

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2009 11:04 am

The Guts to Pull the Plug?

Its funny how you mention who they could get for Conor Jackson and Eric Byrnes. If I'm not mistaken, (not sure if it was the Rangers or the Braves) they could have shipped both of these players and a mid-level prospect for Mark Texiera. Instead the chose not to and in the end, you have those 2 guys struggling and Texiera is doing great in the Big Apple.

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2009 10:37 am

The Guts to Pull the Plug?

clean house!!!
other then Webb, Haren, Scherzer, Upton and Reynolds anyway.
They need a bullpen and players who will hit over 200.
Lopez was a good add but other then that they didnt do anything to improve in the offseason. 
Goodluck offloading these guys though,
who are they goona get for Connor Jackson and Eric Byrnes?

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2009 5:45 pm

The Guts to Pull the Plug?

Well have the guts to suggest what the D-Backs should do to contend in 2010:)

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