The Diamondbacks are terrible. Owners of the worst record in the Majors and assuredly the first team that will reach 100 losses on the season, Arizona is dead last in the league in most pitching categories and their in the bottom half of the NL in most offensive measures. They've had losing streaks of 13 and 17(!) games thus far, went 8-48 in May and June, and are just 1-8 in Interleague play. If you're having a bad year, just remember: at least you're not the Arizona Diamondbacks.
They have one and only one fearsome hitter, and that's one we remember well: former Mariner Ketel Marte, who spent much of the year on the injured list with injuries to both hamstrings. Marte has an impressive season line of .344/.395/.549, and since returning to active duty on August 1st has hit .312 with an OPS over .900. Other than him, the D-Backs have Carson Kelly, their primary catcher; veteran outfielder David Peralta; rookie outfielder Pavin Smith; and everyday utilityman Josh Rojas as .250+ batters with on-base skills.
On the mound, ace starter Madison Bumgarner is a shadow of his former dominant self but still a capable big-league pitcher. Bumgarner authored a sort-of no-hitter earlier this year, the second game of a doubleheader against Atlanta that, thanks to Commissioner Manfred's tinkering, was just a seven-inning game and thus not officially a no-no. That was one of nine Quality Starts he has on the year, though those are offset by more than a few pummelings. Bumgarner will pitch the opener of this three-game set, and if the rotation holds, Saturday will see rookie southpaw Tyler Gilbert and Sunday right-hander Zac Gallen. Gilbert (no relation to Seattle's own rookie pitcher Logan Gilbert) was promoted from Triple-A on August 3rd and in his very first big-league start on August 14th shut out the San Diego Padres. He hasn't fared as well since, lasting just five innings in each subsequent start. Gallen has lost eight of ten decisions in 18 starts, though he does rack up the Ks—10.4 strikeouts per nine innings to date.
Who’s Hot & Not
Last ten games
.480/.536/.520, 2 RBI, 1 SB
.316/.333/.553, 3 HR, 9 RBI
.159/.178/.273, 12 Ks
.235/.297/.382, 9 Ks
Last 3 series vs. Seattle
|9/13/20||SEA 7, ARZ 3|
|9/12/20||SEA 7, ARZ 3|
|9/11/20||ARZ 4, SEA 3|
|8/26/18||ARZ 5, SEA 2|
|8/25/18||SEA 4, ARZ 3|
|8/24/18||SEA 6, ARZ 3|
|7/29/15||ARZ 8, SEA 2|
|7/28/15||ARZ 8, SEA 4|
|7/27/15||ARZ 4, SEA 3|
Torey Lovullo: Now in his fifth year managing the Diamondbacks, Lovullo previously managed minor-league clubs in the Indians and Red Sox organizations and coached with the Blue Jays and Red Sox from 2011-2016. He led the Snakes to a Wild Card berth in his freshman managerial campaign and won NL Manager of the Year for 2017, but in the sports world, that can seem like a long time ago. With the Snakes enduring one of the worst campaigns in their relatively brief history, you might wonder if Lovullo's job was in jeopardy; Arizona CEO Derrick Hall says not. "This is not his fault," Hall said of the team's futility over the past two seasons. Wherever you place the blame, the Diamondbacks are destined for another last-place finish.
An infielder in his playing days, Lovullo had to learn to hone his instincts when it comes to pitchers; this year, though, he frankly hasn't had much to work with outside of ace-in-the-making Zac Gallen. It's been a frustrating year with a fair amount of negativity, but on the whole, his payers think well of him. "He brings a lot of energy, good energy, good vibes, and that's good," said outfielder David Peralta. "You can feel it. As a whole team, you can feel it."
Ketel Marte: Marte came up with Seattle in 2015 after four years in the Mariners' minor-league system. He played 176 games with the M's in 2015-16 as the regular shortstop, but was felt to be not-ready-for-prime-time, and had there been suitable alternatives on the roster would have spent more time at Triple-A. Traded to the Diamondbacks with Taijuan Walker prior to the 2017 season for Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura, Marte has transitioned from everyday second baseman to everyday center fielder, though he still occasionally sees time at the keystone. Marte made the All-Star team in 2019 and undoubtedly would have again this year if he hadn't been on the injured list; since coming to Arizona, he's put up a terrific batting line of .297/.360/.495, far outdoing his Seattle numbers.
|Arizona Diamondbacks||(1998 - present)|
|Division Titles:||1999, 2002, 2007, 2011|