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Diamondbacks’ Late-Game Struggles Highlight Rocky Start to Season

Apr 8, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte (4) argues a call with home plate umpire Nic Lentz (59) in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout their recent five-game losing streak, the Arizona Diamondbacks have mustered only a single run in the final 7-8-9 innings of each loss.

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This totals to one run over 15 critical innings.

Given their reputation for late-game comebacks last season, earning them the nickname “answerbacks,” this start is far from what Arizona fans had anticipated.

Remarkably, not one player with at least 20 at-bats has managed a batting average of .300 or better in the season’s first 11 games.

But how do the Diamondbacks‘ struggles in the final three innings stack up against the rest of the league this season?

According to data shared by @dfeely14 on X, Arizona has the lowest batting average (.121), SLG (.187), and the second-lowest OPS (.451) in these late-game situations.

While some of the team’s struggles can be attributed to injuries, with players like Alek Thomas and Geraldo Perdomo out, this early-season trend is undoubtedly not how the Diamondbacks envisioned starting their 2024 campaign.

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