It’s been a crushing seven days for the D-backs.  After dropping the first two of the home games against Toronto to finish off interleague play, Arizona split a four-game set in San Francisco — nearly getting victimized by a perfect game along the way.  If there’s a silver lining, it’s that the team’s pitching has fared very well; Wade Miley bounced back from a terrible start on Tuesday to throw 7 innings of 2-run ball on Sunday, Brandon McCarthy twirled two gems, and Trevor Cahill contributed an excellent performance by relying on his sinker.  Patrick Corbin also got in on the action in a big way, bouncing back for an overshadowed start on Friday.

The thunderstorm is the offense.  Since the August 27 outburst, the D-backs have scored only 24 runs in 11 games, which is pretty horrendous.  The offensive slowdown was never so obvious as it was on Friday, when former Arizona castoff had a perfect game going until Eric Chavez lined a single with two down in the ninth.

Meanwhile, the chances of reaching the playoffs have completely slipped away in the last week.  In both of its projection formats, FanGraphs has the Arizona playoff odds at well under 1%, and even a 7 game sweep of the Dodgers would do little to change that.

It’s still of interest to see what we have, of course.

 

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