Arizona Diamondbacks fans are already beginning to lose their patience early into the 2014 season. In the early going, the team is failing to hit, run, field, pitch and play good baseball. What it boils down to is that they immediately need to right the ship, not make excuses and pull their act together before it’s too late.
At the plate, the team is batting a mediocre .246, while striking out 150 times with a paltry .298 on base percentage. Aside from slugger Paul Goldschmidt who is batting .320, with 10 early season RBI, and Mark Trumbo who has driven in 18 runs despite hitting below the .200 mark, the Diamondbacks have struggled mightily. “It’s hard to turn things around,” said Gibson, “but we’re capable. You just have to keep playing.” Gibson was named the NL Manager of the Year in 2011, and now just twenty games into a new season, there are some fans already calling to cut the head off the snake. It’s quite early, and with a 142 more games to play, it’s a bit premature to call for his head at this time. Also, recent reports have said that team president, Derrick Hall has given Gibson and GM, Kevin Towers a “vote of confidence,” which means that Gibson won’t be leaving the desert anytime soon.
If fans thought hitting and driving in runs was an issue, it’s understandable why they’re losing their patience, and they will cringe when they see that the pitching staff is posting an ERA of 5.70, allowing 187 hits and giving up 24 home runs. The Arizona pitching staff has failed to find any kind of consistency, which has seen starter Trevor Cahill moved to the bullpen on the heels of his 8.68 ERA. The only somewhat dependable pitcher for the Diamondbacks so far is Wade Wiley, the 27-year-old left hander from Southeastern Louisiana. In 31 innings pitched, he has posted a 4.35 ERA with 27 strikeouts, holding opposing batters to a .230 batting average, and picked up two of the team’s five victories.
It’s difficult for a ball club to stay positive when nothing seems to be going right, but it’s something the Diamondbacks will need to do if they are looking to turn things around. The bats are cold, pitching is erratic, players are frustrated and fans have got their jockstraps in a bunch already. For some fans, it’s never too early to lose their patience and look for a scapegoat when things are not going as planned. Sometimes, it’s warranted, but in this case the calls for Gibson are way too premature, and Diamondback fans need to slowly step away from the edge, have a little self-control and stay confident. Gibson has already proven that he’s a good manager, and although their team sits at the bottom of the NL West, summer has yet to begin and things can still heat up in Arizona. Fans are hoping that the 12th inning hit by Aaron Hill in extra innings on Friday night will give the team a bit of confidence leading into the rest of the weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers, before heading north to the Bay Area for a series against the Giants
Commentary By Johnny Caito