Baseball is back, and spring training is in full swing across Arizona as teams begin to get ready for the 2023 season.
While these games should be taken with a grain of salt, the Diamondbacks have kicked off their 2023 campaign in less-than-ideal fashion.
Through three games, Arizona has been outscored 42-18, which is currently the worst in the league. Pitching has been the main struggle, as the D-backs have allowed 12 runs or more in each matchup thus far.
Most recently against the Padres, the Diamondbacks lost 18-6 after falling into a 14-2 deficit by the end of the fourth inning.
Tommy Henry, who struggled last year with a 5.36 ERA through nine starts, allowed four runs through 1 1/3 innings.
Behind him was Austin Brice, whom the D-Backs signed to a minor league contract a couple months ago. Brice allowed five runs in one inning in his first Spring Training appearance.
Padres’ slugger Juan Soto had a field day against Arizona’s pitching staff as he went 3/4 at the plate with five RBI’s.
Overall, the Diamondbacks hold a 12.36 team ERA, have allowed 46 hits through 25 innings, and have walked an abysmal 25 batters.
It is not the ideal start for Arizona, but it is better to work out the jitters and errors now rather than in the early fall.