Time to check in with our local big league ballclub, the Arizona Dingbats . . . er, Diamondbacks.
As of this writing on June 9, the D-Backs are 33-32, which puts them in third place in the National League West. That’s not too shabby, given all the top players they lost in the off-season.
Here’s something interesting. They’re just over 40 percent of the way through the season, and the D-Backs already have four players who have hit 10 or more home runs, and Jake Lamb isn’t one of them. Lamb has been sidelined with a quadriceps strain, and has only appeared in five games.
Of the players who have hit 10 or more homers, the only one you may have heard of is second baseman Ketel Marte. His 14 home runs and 44 RBI place him second on the team. The biggest bopper is third baseman Eduardo Escobar, with 15 home runs and 49 RBI. Right fielder Adam Jones had 12 home runs and 37 RBI while first baseman Christian Walker has 11 home runs and 25 RBI.
Left fielder David Peralta was the team’s leading hitter and the only one of the regulars above .300 as he was hitting .307 with 8 homers and 35 RBI. Centerfielder Jarrod Dyson doesn’t have a lot of power, but he was leading the team with 14 stolen bases.
For what it’s worth, I saw Paul Goldschmidt was batting .268 with the Cardinals and had 12 home runs and 27 RBI.
As for pitchers, Zack Greinke is at 7-2, 2.87. That’s more like the Greinke we thought we were getting when the D-Backs signed him as a free agent a few years ago. Maybe the slower infield created by the new artificial surface has helped things.
As of this writing, Luke Weaver was on the disabled list. His record was 4-3, 3.03. His ERA was the second best of the starters. You may remember the D-Backs got him in the Goldschmidt deal. Wouldn’t it be great if he turned out to have a better season as a pitcher than Goldy has as a hitter in St. Louis? The thought of such a thing brings a smile to my face.
Two of the other positions in the starting rotation are settled. Merrill Kelly is 6-6, 4.12 while Robbie Ray is 4-3, 3.62. The closer is Greg Holland, whose record is 1-0, 1.31 with 9 saves.
The D-Backs don’t look like a great team this year, but there is clearly some talent here. They look a lot more solid now than they did at the start of the season.
As for attendance, the D-Backs have drawn 787,490 over 30 home dates, an average of 26,250 per game. They’re right about in the middle of major league franchises. It looks like they should easily top 2 million again.
Their biggest attendance this year was 48,338 on Opening Day, when the D-Backs beat the Boston Red Sox, 15-8. Their lowest attendance came on May 13, with 15,418 were on hand for the D-Backs’ 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A total of 10 ballclubs have already drawn at least 1 million for the 2019 season. They include the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Angels, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Milwaukee Brewers, the New York Yankees, the Philadelphia Phillies, the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Dodgers lead the big leagues and have already drawn over 1.5 million. It looks like they’ll easily clear 3 million, and probably more.
At the other end of the attendance spectrum are the Miami Marlins. As of June 9, they had drawn just 293,243 to their home games. It’s said Miami fans are completely fed up with the Marlins’ inept management. They just don’t care anymore.
Can you say St. Louis Browns?
Town of Parker Community Night with the D-Backs is scheduled for July 20, when the D-Backs will face the Brewers at Chase Field. I’ll let you know when the Town has tickets available.