Did anyone notice that the D-Backs are becoming historically bad? They are 36-84 but 8-34 in their last 42 games. Add those together and you get 44-118 over a 162-game schedule for a .272 winning percentage. Another way to look at it is that they would be one game worse than the Tigers were last year. Wow! And some picked them to win the division?
Their projected record would be the 47th worst record all-time and just the eleventh worst since the majors went to a 154-game schedule. Here are the other ten:
St. Louis Browns
New York Mets
I guess that's what happens when you trade one of the best starting pitchers in the game (Curt Schilling), your starting first baseman (Lyle Overbay), your starting second baseman (Junior Spivey), your starting third baseman (Craig Counsell), and a lefty reliever (Chris Capuano) within a three-day period and all you get in return is an injured first baseman (Richie Sexson), a young perennial prospect who’s 2-12 with a 7.64 ERA this year (Casey Fossum), and a young pitcher who lost the closer's job in the punch-and-judy Red Sox bullpen last year and has yet to pitch this year (Brandon Lyon). They also lost serviceable number-three starter Miguel Batista a few days later to free agency.
Whatever happens this will almost definitely be the worst Diamondbacks season in their short history. It will also be only their second sub-.500 season in their seven seasons so far.