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Game #146: Diamondbacks @ Giants

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If some on our pitching staff have been putting up their best stretch of the season, the same can't be said for the Diamondbacks offense, which has been mired in a historic slump since the loss of Paul Goldschmidt at the start of August.

Christian Petersen
Randall Delgado
RHP, 3-3, 5.40
Jake Peavy
RHP, 5-13, 4.01
Ender Inciarte - RF Angel Pagan - CF
Cliff Pennington - SS Joe Panik - 2B
Chris Owings - 2B Buster Posey - C
Mark Trumbo - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B
A.J. Pollock - CF Hunter Pence - RF
Jake Lamb - 3B Gregor Blanco - LF
Nolan Reimold - LF Travis Ishikawa - 1B
Tuffy Gosewisch - C Brandon Crawford - SS
Randall Delgado - RHP Jake Peavy - RHP

The Diamondbacks have played 36 games from the beginning of August. They have scored two runs or fewer in almost half of those, 17 times, and have averaged barely three runs a game, scoring 110 in total. There has been only one lower offensive streak in team history, during the second half of the 2004 season, reaching its worst between August 17 and September 26, when the team scored 107 times.  Since August 1, in over 1,300 plate appearances (1,324 to be precise), Arizona is hitting a collective .217/.280/.320, for an OPS that's sitting exactly at .600. John McDonald's career OPS is .595, so we've basically been hitting like him for a month and a half.

There are individual variations, of course. David Peralta continues to hit well, with an OPS of .777 over that time. Inciarte is at .747, with Trumbo and Miguel Montero also semi-respectable. But at the other end of the table? Hoo-boy... Among the everyday players, Didi Gregorius (as noted in this morning's SnakeBytes) is off the charts bad, batting less than a buck fifty with a .445 OPS. Jordan Pacheco is even lower, with a .358 OPS that would rank him third among our starting pitchers over that time, behind both Miley and Collmenter. #Pitcherswhorake - at least, relatively to some position players over the past six weeks..