Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:41 a.m.
Jeez, how many quality starts are the D-Backs going to waste before they get it together?
Another strong effort, this one by Rodrigo Lopez, went for naught last night as the St. Louis Cardinals came from behind to beat the homies by a 4-2 count.
Chalk up this loss -- the team's fifth in a row and the sixth time in seven games that they've coughed up a lead late -- to untimely hitting and poor defense. The latter actually a tough chance for first-baseman Adam La Roche in the eighth that allowed a huge run for the Cards.
The D-Backs are now a meager 5-8 early in this campaign, painfully reminiscent of last season's God-awful start.
One bright sign, such as it was: Mark Reynolds collected two hits, which put him over the Mendoza Line with a .208 batting average.
(The infamous and very unofficial "Line" was named after a flashy Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop of the 1970s whose career average was a pathetic .215. That's Mendoza in the photo.)
The Diamondbacks are playing with no confidence, seemingly waiting for the roof to cave in at the end end of every game -- a self-fulfilling prophecy if ever there was one.
It's not the end of the world -- yet. Hell, there are 149 games left in the regular season.
But a bad start is exactly what the team's brass didn't want, scraping as they are for the Valley's precious entertainment dollars.
Arizona continues its three-game home series against the formidable Cardinals tonight at 6:30. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. For additional information, go to arizonadiamondbacks.com