Arizona Diamondbacks drop 50 games below 0.500 against Texas Rangers
For a team that has been through the depths of the Diamondbacks season, it’s hard to call their latest slip a low.
It’s a team that has lost 40 out of 45 games; losing 10 of 11 – the Diamondbacks’ current situation after an 8-5 loss to the Texas Rangers – is nothing in comparison.
But there’s no denying the deflating table that played out for them on Wednesday at Chase Field, from their game on the field in their place in the standings to local apathy displayed in the form of empty seats.
The loss was the Diamondbacks’ fifth in a row and dropped them to 50 games below 0.500. After being swept in three games by the Seattle Mariners over the weekend, the Diamondbacks were swept away again in a two-game game set by the Rangers.
Depending on what happens on the East Coast Wednesday night, the Diamondbacks will either stay half a game away from the Baltimore Orioles for majors worst record or become sole owners of baseball’s basement.
At 45-95, the Diamondbacks are once again heading into franchise ignominy. They are set to suffer 110 losses, putting them within striking distance of the 2004 squad, which lost 111 games, the most in club history.
Their club’s place in history didn’t seem to be of much interest to the Diamondbacks – or, at least, not to manager Torey Lovullo or infielder Josh Rojas, both of whom encountered the media following Wednesday’s loss.
“I don’t care about the pace,” Lovullo said, when told how his team compare to 2004. “I just care about winning the game the day after tomorrow. That’s all I’ve got. in mind. That’s all the coaches have in mind. I’m sure it’s the same with the players. We’re not here to set records, I can guarantee that.
The remaining timeline isn’t forgiving when it comes to avoiding history. They have seven sets left. Six of them come up against clubs with winning records. That includes six more games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I wouldn’t want to get to that, no, but I don’t think it’s on anyone’s mind,” Rojas said of avoiding 111 losses. “I think we’re going to go out every game and we’re trying to win baseball games. Every day that you show up is a new day. This is how this game works. I think if you start to see the big picture right now with so many games left, you are in for a bad patch.
Rojas said he was unaware of both the number of losses the Diamondbacks have racked up recently and the potential place in history. He doesn’t think he’s alone in this regard, believing that most of his teammates focus on improving rather than avoiding records.
“Nobody wants to stink over there,” Rojas said. “This is what motivates us on a daily basis. That’s what motivates me every day is to go out there and compete, not suck and win baseball games.
For the second game in a row, the teams played in front of a tiny crowd. The day before, pitcher Zac Gallen mentioned that players were joking that there were more cardboard cutouts in the stands last year than there were fans in the stands on Tuesday.
As for Wednesday, the crowd was announced at 6,364 – that is, tickets sold, not people in the seats, the latter of which was undoubtedly lower. By that measure, the crowd for Wednesday’s getaway game almost certainly ranked among the smallest in club history.
The Diamondbacks have released right-hander Seth Frankoff, who had a 9.20 ERA in 14 innings this season. The list of the 40 players of the club is at 39.
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