It hasn’t so much been the number of runs the Diamondbacks have scored that’s been problematic. It’s been the distribution of them. It’s true, as General Manager Kevin Towers pointed out, that the Diamondbacks are the only team in the majors yet to be shut out. But he also noted that they haven’t had many games where they’ve scored a lot of runs, either. The offense’s inconsistency prompted manager Kirk Gibson to rearrange his lineup in hopes of getting the Diamondbacks out of their slump. And for one night, at least, it worked, as the Diamondbacks’ bats came alive in a 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. “We haven’t been real good with runners in scoring position or (at getting) two-out hits,” Towers said. “We’re still hitting some home runs. We’ve been getting guys on base, but we haven’t been good at getting them across home plate.” That is something of a surprise, given that the Diamondbacks believed they had assembled a deeper, more consistent lineup, one that would be better at doing the little things required to scratch across runs, like moving runners and hitting with runners in scoring position. Instead, they entered Monday hitting just .230 with runners in scoring position, the fifth-worst mark in the league. And they were the worst team in the majors at hitting with two outs, batting just .175, well below the major league average of .236. The way it’s played out in the first five weeks, the lineup has been about as streaky as last year’s. In 2012, the Diamondbacks scored 0-3 runs in 70 games, or 43 percent of the time. This season, they had scored 0-3 runs in 15 of their first 31 games, or 48 percent of the time. The average National League team scored 4.16 runs per game. Of course, the Diamondbacks’ lineup hasn’t looked the way they envisioned due to injuries, namely to second baseman Aaron Hill, who has missed 22 games with a broken hand, and outfielder Adam Eaton, who hasn’t played yet due to an elbow strain. But it’s worth noting that last season’s team suffered injuries, as well.
New lineup pays off for Arizona Diamondbacks in win over the Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona Republic | May 7