|Phil Gosselin - 2B||Raimel Tapia - CF|
|A.J. Pollock - CF||DJ LeMahieu - 2B|
|Paul Goldschmidt - 1B||Carlos Gonzalez - RF|
|Welington Castillo - C||Nolan Arenado - 3B|
|Jake Lamb - 3B||David Dahl - LF|
|Yasmany Tomas - RF||Tom Murphy - C|
|Chris Owings - SS||Gerardo Parra - 1B|
|Socrates Brito - LF||Daniel Descalso - SS|
|Braden Shipley - RHP||Tyler Chatwood - RHP|
Last night's 14-run mauling had a significant impact on the team's pitching record this year. The Diamondbacks surpassed the Twins in terms of both runs allowed and ERA, and now have the worst figure for both in the entire major leagues. Historically, they're getting up there as well. Since 2005, only one National League team has posted a higher ERA than Arizona's current figure of 5.19. The 2012 Rockies reached 5.22, so if tonight's contest is anything like Friday's, we'll find ourselves ahead of that by the end of the day as well. Here are the top 10 team ERAs over that timeframe in the NL.
We can't even blame the bullpen in particular. For the Diamondbacks' rotation now ranks 29th in the majors, with a 5.18 ERA; the Twins are the sole other team above five. But the entire staff, top to bottom, has been worth a whopping 1.4 bWAR this year. 2.5 of that is down to Zack Greinke; everyone else, combined, is 1.1 wins below replacement. It's like a small-scale version of 2004, when Randy Johnson was worth 8.5 bWAR, and the rest of the D-backs' pitchers (and, don't forget, that included Brandon Webb) put together a -2.6 bWAR season. Something has clearly gone disastrously wrong, and I'm not seeing any easy way to address it.
For the team has, largely, shot its bolt, committing about one-third of its annual payroll (excluding deferrals) to Greinke, and trading away prospects for Miller. The former has been...okay, rather than awesome, and I needn't rehash the sorry saga of the latter. There's not much cash for free-agents (not that there are many this winter you'd want to sign) and a depleted farm system for trades. So it's going to require very creative work, and no small degree of good fortune, for Arizona even to get their pitching back to mediocre for 2017, where their solid offense might then have a shot at putting them in playoff contention.