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Spring Training Gameday Thread, #8: Diamondbacks @ Indians

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cincinnati Reds

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. Starling Marte. CF
  2. Josh Rojas, SS
  3. Steven Vogt, C
  4. Yasmany Tomas, 1B
  5. Pavin Smith, LF
  6. John Hicks, DH
  7. Trayce Thompson, RF
  8. Oldemaro Vargas, 2B
  9. Junior Leyba 3B
    + RHP Zac Gallen, RHP Junior Guerra, RHP Yoan López, RHP Damien Magnifico, RHP Eduardo Jiménez

The Diamondbacks have lost four in a row, but that’s hardly unprecedented in spring training. Here are the longest losing streaks each pre-season over the last decade. These numbers are approximate - it gets a bit dicey with split-squad games, when you can have two contests at the same time, so what happens if you win one and lose one? So I’ve just gone straight off the schedule:

  • 2019: four games (twice)
  • 2018: six games
  • 2017: four games
  • 2016: two games
  • 2015: four games
  • 2014: four games
  • 2013: three games
  • 2012: four games (twice)
  • 2011: nine games
  • 2010: four games

So, eight of the ten seasons have seen a losing streak at least the equal of the current one. And easily the longest came in 2011, when the Diamondbacks overall went 12-25 in spring training. I seem to recall that season ended up going okay in the end. So, enhance your calm and enjoy the fact that the results here genuinely don’t matter. Game is on the radio, 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Radio, and may or may not be available elsewhere if you look hard enough.

This will be our first spring baseball, Mrs. SnakePit and I making the relatively short trip to Goodyear from SnakePit Towers. Just hoping we can stay away, having been up till 3 am this morning, courtesy of Mrs. S running a Rocky Horror screening last night. [All that rice needed to be swept up!] This will be followed by a supermarket run and perhaps dinner, so the recap might be a while...