Anyone out there who doesn’t think the Diamondbacks should start trying to move players immediately needs to sit down and actually watch this team. More often than not they are not good, and more often than not they are not really in the game. Last night they had only one more hit than error in a 5-0 loss to the Royals.
There are things that certain players do that give you hope for the future. If they get a few more pieces and they can get Brandon Webb back to his old self there is no reason they will not be able to compete next year. This year however is a lost cause. They are 11 games under .500, 16 games behind in the division, 8 games back in the wild card race with only the Nationals behind them, and have the second worst record in all of baseball.
There are 97 games left, so it’s easy to say that there is a lot of baseball still to be played. To reach .500 on the season they need to play .556 baseball for the next three and a half months. Currently only 5 teams in baseball have winning percentages over .556. Is it very realistic to say that the Diamondbacks will be able to be one of the top five teams in baseball the rest of the season?
It is time to stop being so myopic about this team. This season they just aren’t going to do it. It doesn’t mean that we stop watching them for the rest of the year, it doesn’t mean that we can’t find good things within the team despite their record. Mark Reynolds was just named co NL MVP for last week. Max Scherzer is one of the more exciting pitchers to watch and he’s just getting started. Dan Haren has been utterly dominant almost every fifth day for the team.
The team as whole does not work and Josh Byrnes needs to start making the changes necessary to get the team ready to compete next season. No one on the team, in the front office, sitting in the stands, or watching on their couch at home wants to see a sequel to the 2009 season anytime soon.