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Sport Diamondbacks fire hitting coaches amid brutal stretch that includes 19-game road losing streak

06:45  11 june  2021
06:45  11 june  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

D-Backs GM Mike Hazen thinks team may still be able to turn things around

  D-Backs GM Mike Hazen thinks team may still be able to turn things around The Diamondbacks entered play tonight amidst a nine-game losing streak that has dropped the club to an NL-worst 18-31. It’s still relatively early in the year, but Arizona’s close to digging themselves a hole they can’t climb out of. © Patrick Breen/The Republic via Imagn Content Services, LLC D-Backs general manager Mike Hazen addressed the team’s downturn with reporters (including Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic). While he stopped short of declaring them an eventual seller, Hazen admitted they “need to start playing better” if they’re to salvage this season.

At 20-43, the Arizona Diamondbacks have the worst record in baseball by three games. They've lost 19 consecutive road games -- their last road win was Madison Bumgarner'sseven-inning no-hitter on April 25 -- and are 5-30 in their last 35 games overall. It has been a brutal stretch for the D-Backs.

graphical user interface: PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 30: General view of action between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 30, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. © Provided by CBS Sports

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 30: General view of action between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 30, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rarely does a team go through a stretch this terrible and not make changes. On Thursday, the D-Backs announced they have fired hitting coach Darnell Coles and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske. Triple-A hitting coach Rick Short and run production coordinator Drew Hedman have been elevated to Arizona's co-hitting coaches. The D-Backs hired Coles and Hinske in Nov. 2018.

Diamondbacks analyst Bob Brenly taking leave of absence, will undergo sensitivity training after comments about Marcus Stroman

  Diamondbacks analyst Bob Brenly taking leave of absence, will undergo sensitivity training after comments about Marcus Stroman Bob Brenly is taking a voluntary leave of absence and will undergo sensitivity training after his comments about Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman."Pretty sure that's the same do-rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets," Brenly said while Stroman was on the mound during Tuesday’s broadcast between the two teams.

The D-Backs are averaging 4.17 runs per game, 19th most in baseball, and they rank 23rd in batting average (.231), 23rd in on-base percentage (.305), 23rd in slugging percentage (.380), and 25th in OPS+ (87). The offense has ranked among the worst in the league, and when that happens, the hitting coach(es) usually takes the fall.

Furthermore, several core D-Backs players have had disappointing seasons at the plate, including Nick Ahmed (66 OPS+), David Peralta (94 OPS+), and Christian Walker (49 OPS+). That said, catcher Carson Kelly (135 OPS+) has bounced back nicely from a tough 2020 season, and rookie Pavin Smith has been very good (115 OPS+).

Coles and Hinske are not the reason Arizona has a 4.97 ERA, however, nor responsible for the fact that three of Arizona's top four in innings (Bumgarner, Merrill Kelly, Riley Smith) have an ERA north of 5.00. Generally speaking, coaches are first to go, then the manager, then the general manager. Manager Torey Lovullo could be on thin ice now.

Arizona has an off-day Thursday before opening a three-game home series with the Angels on Friday night. The team will look to avoid its 20th consecutive road loss when it heads to San Francisco on Monday.

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