Arizona Diamondbacks on five-game skid, hope to gain traction against Colorado


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The D-Backs look to bounce backs at home against Colorado

Jackson Dungan, Reporter

Hot bats and hot weather were the themes for the previous D-backs home stand, but after leaving Chase Field, the team got hit by losses with the force of a Mike Tyson uppercut.

The Diamondbacks turned their recent six game win streak into an even more recent five game losing streak, causing frustration in the clubhouse and probably with the fans as well.

After their five-game skid, including getting swept for three games in their latest series against the formerly last-place NL West Giants, Arizona manger Torey Lovullo voiced his disappointment at the team’s lack of production at

“This was an extremely frustrating road trip for us — I expect a lot out of this team and they spoil us with really good approaches and a lot of well hit balls and big innings with crooked numbers and we never got there. What’s tough about it is we were coming from a very good place with a big home stand. I still feel like this team can swing bats with anybody. We’ve got to figure this out, that’s on us. We’ve got to put something together that’s going to be sustainable where we go out every single night and expect to get the job done offensively.”

Once back on the road, Arizona returned to the low-scoring outings and low-offensive momentum that preceded their last home stand.

During their six game win streak against the Rockies, Padres, and Athletics the D-backs churned 43 runs across home plate.  On their five game trek to Oakland and San Francisco, the team only managed to drag six men all the way around the bases.

Their recent skid has caused them to switch places with their last opponent, trading their previously hot, third-place record, to San Francisco for the Giant’s former place of residence in the NL West cellar.

The most concerning development during the team’s latest slump seems to be that the same high-profile players are achieving consistency at the plate and on the mound without much help from the rest of the organization.  However, when the breakout stars like Ketel Marte, Kole Calhoun, Starling Marte, and David Peralta are having an off day, there hasn’t been anybody to step up and offer backup.

The bad news is that the D-backs now find themselves in last place in the division at 13-16 with another week to go before they can stop to catch their breath and rally the team with a rest day.

The good news is that their next opponent is Colorado, the team that is just ahead of them in the standings and against whom the D-backs got their bats heated up the last time they played, scoring 32 runs in three games.

The four-game series against the Rockies starts tonight, as the D-backs look to bounce back against their division rivals when Merrill Kelly takes the mound against Ryan Castellani for Colorado.

With a little luck and some help from the rest of the team, D-backs fans are hoping this newest home series could lead the team to a pot of gold at the end of a monsoon rainbow.