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D-backs Preview #50: 5/26 vs. Giants

How bad has this May been? Pretty bad... But we continue to hope Dave McKay gets better soon.

Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Mike Yastrzemski - RF Josh Rojas - 2B
Buster Posey - C Ketel Marte - CF
Alex Dickerson - LF Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Darin Ruf - 1B David Peralta - LF
Brandon Crawford - SS Carson Kelly - C
Evan Longoria - 3B Josh Reddick - RF
Mike Tauchman - CF Pavin Smith - 1B
Mauricio Dubon - 2B Nick Ahmed - SS
Johnny Cueto - RHP Merrill Kelly - RHP

Having reached nine games, the losing streak is now their longest in almost eleven years. Their May record is now 4-19, a dismal win percentage of just .174. As Preston mentioned in this morning’s Snake Bytes, it is currently the worst in franchise history by W%. Here’s how the five lowest stack up, with the win-loss records and win percentages.

  1. May 2021: 4-19 (.174)
  2. July 2004: 5-23 (.179)
  3. Mar/April 1998: 7-20 (.259)
  4. Sep/Oct 2014: 7-19 (.269)
  5. July 2010: 7-18 (.280)

With six games left to play, the D-backs need to win two, in order to avoid cementing this month as the worst in franchise history. I’m not confident that is going to happen, with five games against division leaders. The sixth is tonight, against a team who currently have the third-best record in the majors...and as ‘Hacks mentioned in today’s Snake Bytes, are third in the NL West. I can see them possibly lucking into one win. But the team has been outscored by an average of 2.6 runs per game (74-133). That is an area where they are actually doing better than the July 2004 version, who were outscored by 2.9 runs per game (88-169). Still almost a week left to fix that though...

Tonight’s alternative to the D-backs game. Well, looks like Mrs. SnakePit wants to watch the Friends reunion. It may be the first time in a while the game has a chance at being more entertaining than the alternative. But given her willingness to sit through all the crap I inflict on her- hello, Aquarium of the Dead - this is the least I can do. I can always quietly have the Bally Sports App open on my phone. :)

Torey Lovullo notes

  • Dave McKay had a setback in his recovery and had to have surgery to remove his spleen a couple days ago. He previously had the spleen repaired, but it wasn’t healing right, so they finally had to just remove it. He will be out a while.
  • Darnell Coles was in the dugout last night and is cleared by his doctors to resume duties. I noticed on T.V. he was in some kind of walking boot.
  • Luke Weaver has a “sub Scap Strain”. He will not be able to throw at all for at least one month. Surgery was never considered.
  • Tyler Clippard had a setback with his RIGHT KNEE, not related to his shoulder and required surgery to remove some small bodies. He had already begun a throwing program and his shoulder was feeling better before this setback. No time table given for knee recovery and when he will resume throwing
  • Christian Walker will play his 3rd game in Reno tonight.
  • J.B. Bukauskas is still getting treatment and has no throwing program scheduled at this time.
  • Zac Gallen continues a light throwing program and Asdrubal Cabrera and Kole Calhoun continue with baseball activity.

About Staying Positive

Torey was asked about what he does to stay positive and who around him can help him. He first mentioned his family, wife and children, and how they allow him to vent his frustrations that he feels just like everyone else. Then he went on to say that his “inner circle” of support includes the key front office members who he name checked:

I have an unbelievable support team where I have some intimate conversations and that includes the front office, people like Mike Hazen, Amiel Sawdaye, & Mike Fizgerald. We have conversations where we are able to talk about things that might be a little uncomfortable for some others. But it’s about staying together, united and sharing this information.

Torey Lovullo audio [or link]