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Game #129: Diamondbacks vs. Padres

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It doesn't seem like the offense bothered to make the recent road-trip to the East coast. Will they show up again, now we're back in Phoenix?

This is the Diamondbacks hitting coach, Turner Ward. Have you seen this man?
This is the Diamondbacks hitting coach, Turner Ward. Have you seen this man?
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Odrisamer Despaigne
RHP, 3-4, 3.28
Josh Collmenter
RHP, 8-7, 4.31
Yangervis Solarte - 3B Ender Inciarte - CF
Abraham Almonte - LF Cliff Pennington - 2B
Seth Smith - RF David Peralta - RF
Jedd Gyorko - 2B Mark Trumbo - 1B
Yasmani Grandal - C Miguel Montero - C
Jacob Goebbert - 1B Alfredo Marte - LF
Will Venable - CF Jake Lamb - 3B
Alexi Amarista - SS Didi Gregorius - SS
Odrisamer Despaigne - RHP Josh Collmenter - RHP

The Diamondbacks will be hoping their road trip, which melted down into an ongoing six-game losing streak, hasn't followed them home to Chase Field tonight, where they open a three-game set against the Padres. There's no doubt about the cause, and it wasn't our pitching, which posted an adequate 3.71 ERA over the ten contests on the East Coast, where the Diamondbacks went 2-8. It was the ongoing struggle of the offense, which has been terrible all month, and scored a total of 21 runs on the road-trip batting .188/.256/.276 in .368 PAs.

By virtually any metric, this has been the worst spell of hitting by the Diamondbacks EVER. We've never had a collective OPS below .650 for a calendar month: for August, we're currently at .606. We've never scored less than 84 runs in a month - that was at the start of 2009, when we played only 22 games. We've already played 19 in August, and have managed only 60 runs. Here are the 10 worst months in team history, by OPS. Two of the bottom six happened this season. Tell me again, when does spring training start?

Rk Split Year G PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 August 2014 19 714 642 60 141 12 55 55 141 .220 .282 .324 .606
2 June 2008 27 996 893 90 200 21 84 83 215 .224 .291 .361 .652
3 August 2012 29 1054 953 109 211 31 102 76 214 .221 .280 .377 .657
4 August 2004 26 974 895 87 232 16 82 51 169 .259 .305 .358 .662
5 Sept/Oct 2004 30 1111 1023 103 256 18 96 66 235 .250 .297 .370 .666
6 April/March 2014 31 1175 1072 117 263 23 110 75 238 .245 .300 .379 .679
7 Sept/Oct 1998 24 918 839 94 208 19 90 59 178 .248 .304 .379 .683
8 May 1998 29 1096 978 110 230 26 102 94 237 .235 .304 .380 .685
9 June 2013 27 1051 942 120 241 19 111 87 199 .256 .321 .364 .686
10 May 2004 29 1114 1001 103 234 30 100 91 175 .234 .298 .389 .687