Wednesday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at an injury that could mess with the Diamondbacks’ NL West dreams.
The Diamondbacks have been playing well so far in 2018, as they sit in first place in the National League West, two games up on the second-place Rockies. However, they aren’t without their problems: their pitching is basically the entire reason why they’re in first, as their offense has been the second-worst in the league, only better than that of the Marlins.
Those offensive issues are about to be magnified for the next month or two, as A.J. Pollock fractured his thumb on Monday while attempting a diving catch, and is set to miss four-to-eight weeks. Pollock was one of just three Diamondbacks’ regulars with an above-average offensive performance this season, batting .293/.349/.620 with 11 homers. That was good for a 150 OPS+, which leads the D-Backs and was 11th in the National League among qualifiers.
Arizona isn’t screwed by any means: their pitching is tremendous and the reason they’ve still managed to outscore opponents by 23 runs on the season despite a lineup that’s managing about as well as one that intentionally got rid of most of its good hitters this past winter. Plus, Paul Goldschmidt is off to a slow start, putting up an 88 OPS+ to this point in the season: he’s been one of MLB’s more consistent sluggers since 2013, and is still just 30 years old, so expecting him to pick it up at the plate while Pollock is out isn’t a huge ask.
The D-Backs will have to hope Goldschmidt is up to the task — as well as Ketel Marte and Alex Avila and everyone else underperforming — because the Rockies are just two games back, the Giants 3.5 back, and the Dodgers, at some point, are bound to wake up and start threatening the rest of the division as was expected, even if they have to do so without Corey Seager.
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