2013: 81-81, 2nd in NL West
The D’Backs looked to make a second playoff appearance in three years in 2013. They had a good chance to do it too in a bad division, holding first place for much of the season. But then they got railroaded by those big-money Dodgers and found out at .500 for the second year in a row. The 2014 season didn’t start off as hoped either. They were baseball’s worst team in the first couple of weeks thanks to an underachieving offense and blown up pitching staff. On paper though, this team is stacked, giving them hope for a turnaround. Catcher Miguel Montero, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, second baseman Aaron Hill, third baseman Martin Prado, and an outfield of Mark Trumbo, AJ Pollock, and Gerardo Parra are all above average at their positions. Goldschmidt was your MVP runner-up in 2013; an all-out slugger. Hill and Montero pack a punch in their bat too. That’s pretty much all Trumbo does now, homering his way into the starting lineup. Parra and Pollock are all-around solid fundamental outfielders although neither will light it up offensively. The hitter-friendly Chase Field also helps them put up runs.
The wheels have fallen off the rotation a bit. Former Rookie of the Year runner-up Wade Miley wasn’t good early in 2014. Neither were Brandon McCarthy, Trevor Cahill, or fill-in Mike Bolsinger. Veteran Bronson Arroyo has done what was expected of him in eating up some innings. But the struggles weren’t confined to the rotation. Former star prospect Randall Delgado looked okay in 19 starts last season; he hasn’t looked good at all early on out of the bullpen. JJ Putz was ineffective too. Addison Reed, acquired from Chicago as a young, hard-throwing closer, has been a little shaky there too. The highlights have been sidearmer Brad Ziegler and southpaws Oliver Perez and Joe Thatcher quietly putting together great seasons. The D’Backs have the talent on paper to make a run at the Dodgers, who didn’t get off to the hottest start themselves, but it remains to be seen if the front office, manager Kirk Gibson, and team can all click in unison to get the team going. Improved Rockies and Giants squads make the task tougher. But a good time is still definite to be had at Chase Field, a huge comfortable air-conditioned park with many affordable options, even club level seats. Gold Coast Tickets can get you the best selection on Diamondbacks tickets!