Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Chad Tracy Is... 

... no Jeff Larish, at least not Tuesday, but his one homerun was enough. 6-4 Diamondbacks win over the Giants.

And the bullpen. 4 innings, 2 hits and 1 walk (all by Valverde). No runs. Claudio Vargas didn't pitch great (I don't think it's heresy to say that even Russ Ortiz had pitched better, on average, this year), and needed 102 pitches just to get through those 5 innings, but he pitched well to keep the team in the game. This time, they took advantage of it.

So the losing streak stops at 5 games. Again. At the very least this team seems capable of arresting the negative downward spirals that plagued the team last year and led to many losing streaks of interminable length.

With Eric Gagne out for the year and Barry Bonds probably not back until at least the All-Star Break, this division is still there for the team that puts a run together and gets a little lucky. The Diamondbacks probably shouldn't be that team, but there's no reason that they can't be.


I know I haven't done much counterpointing on the point/counterpoint on offseason maneuvers, but today, I promise.


In Rotation, June 22, '05
Doves - The Last Broadcast
Jayhawks - Tomorrow the Green Grass
U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
Wilco - Being There

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