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Arizona Diamondbacks Second-half Open Thread

Where do we go from here?

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As we pause before getting under way for the second half of the schedule tomorrow in St. Louis, it seems a good point to take stock of the 2019 season so far. Arizona has a record of 46-45, which is probably a little better than most were expecting [In our pre-season poll, 62% of respondents had the D-backs finishing somewhere below 80 wins for the season] However, this presents GM Mike Hazen with a dilemma, in that the Diamondbacks are neither out of it entirely, nor solidly in contention. They’re only 1.5 games back of the second wild-card, but there are no fewer than eight NL teams within 2.5 games - and only two of those are going to make the playoffs.

So, for today’s off-day, let’s have an open thread. Possible topics for discussion include:

  • What has gone well this season
  • What hasn’t worked
  • The success or failure of Hazen off-season moves
  • Whether the team should be buyers or sellers
  • What they should be buying or selling
  • How things can go right in the second half
  • The potential pitfalls for the team
  • Who are our biggest rivals for a wild-card spot
  • Do we have a closer problem? And if not Holland, then who?
  • How do we handle the back of the rotation?
  • Predict the World Series

These are just suggestions. Discuss any, all or entirely different topics.

Poll

How should the D-backs approach the trade deadline?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Go all in!
    (4 votes)
  • 41%
    Cautious buyers
    (44 votes)
  • 12%
    Stand pat
    (13 votes)
  • 35%
    Cautious sellers
    (38 votes)
  • 7%
    Fire sale!
    (8 votes)
107 votes total Vote Now