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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #101: 101 Damnations

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Our struggles of late are almost all the result of the Diamondbacks' poor pitching.

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Archie Bradley
RHP, 4-9, 5.23
Jimmy Nelson
RHP, 1-4, 5.94
Michael Bourn - LF Jonathan Villar - SS
Phil Gosselin - 2B Scooter Gennett - 2B
Jean Segura - SS Ryan Braun - LF
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Jonathan Lucroy - C
Welington Castillo - C Chris Carter - 1B
Yasmany Tomas - RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis - RF
Chris Owings - CF Hernan Perez - 3B
Brandon Drury - 3B Keon Broxton - CF
Archie Bradley - RHP Jimmy Nelson - RHP

The D-backs still sit at #5 in the Tankapalooza standings, two games behind the Cincinnati Reds. That probably won't remain the case for long if Arizona's pitching doesn't shape up. Our July ERA is a collective 5.80. With just five games to go, that's the highest figure for a single month since May 2010, when we were 6.10. Here are the ten worst calendar months for Diamondbacks' pitchers.

Rk Split Year ERA W L GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP OPS
1 August 2005 6.69 9 19 28 3 242.0 291 196 180 45 106 175 1.640 .897
2 May 2010 6.10 9 20 29 4 250.2 299 183 170 50 102 198 1.600 .881
3 June 2005 5.99 9 19 28 4 245.0 295 179 163 37 84 169 1.547 .844
4 June 2006 5.93 8 20 28 6 252.0 296 184 166 37 93 212 1.544 .837
5 April/March 1998 5.89 7 20 27 5 233.2 247 157 153 42 95 147 1.464 .824
6 July 2016 5.80 5 14 19 3 169.0 200 126 109 26 81 172 1.663 .860
7 April/March 2010 5.62 11 12 23 6 205.0 227 138 128 37 75 163 1.473 .826
8 July 2004 5.36 5 23 28 3 243.2 261 169 145 42 108 198 1.514 .823
9 April/March 2004 5.34 9 13 22 3 199.0 196 130 118 28 100 181 1.487 .802
10 July 2010 5.23 7 18 25 3 227.0 247 144 132 34 89 178 1.480 .807

Neither side of the pitching equation escapes criticism. Our relievers have a 5.56 ERA in July, while Arizona's rotation is at 5.96. However, in terms of decisions, the bullpen are 2-2, and the starters are 3-12, with just three victories in the past five weeks. That rotational ERA so far in July is the third worst for a month in franchise history, behind the first month of 2014 (6.29) and August 2005 (6.00). In nineteen attempts, our pitchers have three quality starts this month: two by Archie Bradley (July 10 and 16) and one by Robbie Ray (July 17). So, I guess Bradley tonight represents our best chance of success.

Overall, the 5-14 record for the team so far in July is the worst for a month in 12 years, since the apocalypse which was July 2004. That's not going to be threatened, even if the D-backs lose every game the rest of the way, they'd still be two games better than the 5-23 record posted by the team in 2004. The team need to win two of the remaining five games to surpass the third-worst mark, from the last month of 2014, when they went 7-19. Given the last three of the games here will be on the road in Los Angeles, I'd be a lot more confident in the team doing it, if they can get one of those victories under their belts this afternoon.