Martinez: “It’s kind of hard not to [press],” he said. “You just kind of want to get here and show people what you want to do.”
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Lovullo: “He was in command from start to finish.”
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Greinke: “My command was as good as it’s been in awhile.”
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Manager Torey Lovullo and left-hander Robbie Ray discuss the team’s 6-2 loss to Nationals on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Anthony Banda talks about his MLB debut in the Diamondbacks’ loss to the Nationals.
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Torey Lovullo on the Diamondbacks’ loss to Washington.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, second baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder A.J. Pollock react to the 6-5 win.
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Right fielder J.D. Martinez was introduced at Chase Field on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about a 12-2 win over the Reds on Thursday in which Patrick Corbin went 7 1/3 innings.
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Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin talks about pitching against the Reds on short notice on Thursday in Cincinnati.
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Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez talks about how his left hand feels after he was hit by a pitch on Wednesday night against the Reds.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-3 loss to the Reds on Wednesday night and the hit-by-pitch on new slugger J.D. Martinez.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke says his location on Wednesday night wasn’t as good as it has been in previous starts.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the Diamondbacks trade for J.D. Martinez and what it means.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s offensive breakout on Tuesday and about the potential impact of newly acquired slugger J.D. Martinez.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Mark Faller discuss Robbie Ray pitching for Diamondbacks and Josh Jackson’s transition to the Suns.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Doug Haller weigh in on the Diamondbacks and ASU football in our Shot Clock video.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Zack Godley’s performance on Sunday in a 7-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
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Zack Godley turned in his first bad start of the year, giving up seven runs (six earned) in six innings against the Braves on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin threw well, but was lifted early for a pinch-hitter on Saturday night vs. the Braves.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado talked about a borderline pitch to Dansby Swanson that went against him, and the pitch Lane Adams hit for a bases-clearing double.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his bullpen’s struggles in Saturday night’s 8-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. sports, baseball, diamondbacks, dbacks, mlb,
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about pitching to Freddie Freeman in the eighth inning and letting Taijuan Walker hit in the sixth.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his performance on the mound and at the plate against the Braves on Friday night.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Nick Piecoro discuss what the Diamondbacks need to do to win the division.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Sarah McLellan talk about the playoff odds for the Diamondbacks and the Suns as well as a big upcoming fight in our Shot Clock video.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Patrick Corbin and center fielder A.J. Pollock react to the loss.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on his team’s loss to the Reds.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the win.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Arizona Diamondbacks closer situation and more in our Shot Clock video.
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney did not retire a batter on Thursday night as the Dodgers rallied from a three-run deficit to win 5-4 at Dodger Stadium.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Fernando Rodney’s blown save and his team’s gut-wrenching loss to the Dodgers on Thursday night.
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Lefty Robbie Ray talks about his performance vs. the Dodgers in the Diamondbacks’ 5-4 loss on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about lefty Alex Wood’s performance in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.
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Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco talks about Dodgers lefty Alex Wood’s outing and his team’s few chances to score in a 1-0 loss on Wednesday.
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Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss how the Suns handled free agency in a loaded West and the Diamondbacks’ options when it comes to rolling the dice on the trade market with the Dodgers in command of the West.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings talks about breaking up Clayton Kershaw’s no-hit bid with an infield single.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
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Diamondback manager Torey Lovullo, shortstop Ketel Marte and starting pitcher Taijuan Walker discuss Sunday’s 4-3 walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. With the game tied in the ninth inning, Marte produced a game-winning single.
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Diamondbacks Jake Lamb, Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray and Paul Goldschmidt discuss being named to the MLB All-Star Game in Miami. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley talks about Zack Greinke’s strong outing in a 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke said “a lot of things were going good” in his outing vs. Rockies on Saturday.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray walked five in six innings, but he said he didn’t think he was missing by much on Friday night vs. the Rockies.
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Chris Owings discusses the Diamondbacks’ 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo talks loss to St. Louis.
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Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen says plans for a humidor at Chase Field have been pushed back to next year.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, who was ejected in the third inning, and starting pitcher Zack Godley discuss the Diamondbacks’ 4-3 loss to the Cardinals at Chase Field on Wednesday. Richard Morin/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Analyst Tony La Russa reflects on his life in baseball during an interview at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo updates Yasmany Tomas and A.J. Pollock injuries before Wednesday’s game. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Chris Herrmann hit a walkoff single to lead the Diamondbacks past the Cardinals at Chase Field on Tuesday. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s latest comeback, walkoff win in the 10th inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Chris Herrmann batted leadoff for the first time in his career, and he connected for a home run in the first inning in Monday’s 6-1 win.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke needed 102 pitches to get through five innings of a 6-1 win over the Phillies on Monday.
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Manager Torey Lovullo talks about the Diamondbacks’ latest win over the Phillies on Monday at Chase Field. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks only got five innings out of starter Zack Greinke, but went on to a 6-1 win over the Phillies to close out a four-game home series on Monday.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right fielder Chris Owings and infielder Daniel Descalso react to the 2-1 win.
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A video recap of the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 win in extra innings over the Phillies on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray on his start against the Phillies on Saturday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo speaks with the media following Arizona’s 6-1 loss to the Phillies on Friday at Chase Field.
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Manager Torey Lovullo on the Diamondbacks’ win over the Phillies on Saturday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo thought his team made a statement with its series victory over the Rockies this week.
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Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt talks about his team’s ability to bounce back from a tough loss on Friday.
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Zack Godley talks about the importance of shutdown innings after going seven innings to beat the Rockies on Thursday.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker threw six innings and his offense did the rest in a 16-4 win at Coors Field on Wednesday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 10-run fourth inning against the Rockies on Wednesday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo explains why he stuck with Zack Grienke in the eighth inning on Tuesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about how his outing against the Rockies got away from him on Tuesday night at Coors Field.
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Both the Diamondbacks and Rockies overcame deficits in the eighth inning, with Colorado pulling out a 4-3 win on Tuesday.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Mark Faller discuss the Diamondbacks’ upcoming three-game series against the Rockies and Diana Taurasi becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about the home run Rey Fuentes hit to help beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
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Rey Fuentes’ first career home run was a big one, helping the Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray talks about why he wasn’t at his best on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday evening. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb drove in a run on Saturday to help the Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 5-1. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his late father’s support and guidance and how that relates to the Diamondbacks’ success this season. David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his unusual upbringing, given his father’s job in television with the TV show “Hee Haw.” David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s comeback over the Phillies, including Gregor Blanco’s key two-run home run.
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Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco cracked a game-tying home run in the seventh inning on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin beat the Phillies on Friday night, his first road win since June 21, 2016.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Taijuan Walker’s return from the DL and Randall Delgado’s relief performance in a win over the Tigers.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just one run in five innings in his first start back from the disabled list after missing nearly a month with a blister.
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Outfielder David Peralta discusses his go-ahead home run in the Diamondbacks’ wild 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Torey Lovullo talks about the Diamondbacks’ back-and-forth game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray speaks with the media following his team’s 11-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday. Richard Morin/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt speaks with reporters after a 11-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley discusses his performance in Arizona’s 3-2 win on Saturday at Chase Field. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s win over the Brewers on Saturday at home. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado reacts to Friday’s loss to the Brewers.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses Friday’s 8-6 loss to the Brewers
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta, batting in the No. 2 hole for the first time this season, homered and doubled twice, driving in seven runs in a win over the Padres, June 8, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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During a pitching change earlier this month in Atlanta, Diamondbacks infielders huddled near the mound and discussed their offensive predicament, one that dogged them then and still does today. Just a hit or two here or there, the players agreed, and everything would change.
For a while, the Diamondbacks struggles were easy to brush aside as a rough series or two. Or perhaps a rough week. But their offensive slide is approaching the four-week mark. Entering Monday, they had played 20 games since the slump began on June 28. They had lost 14 times.
Adding to the alarm is what has happened around them. Their deficit in the National League West had gone from 1 1/2 games to 11 1/2. And their lead on a wild card spot had shrunk from 10 1/2 games to 4 1/2.
Over the past month, their bullpen has coughed up costly, late-game runs. It seems they have stopped getting borderline calls from umpires or otherwise catching breaks they grew accustomed to getting early in the season. Their rotation has suffered a handful of rough starts. But, above all, it has been their offense that has vanished on them.
Closer Fernando Rodney blew that July 6 game against the Dodgers in nightmarish fashion; setup man Archie Bradley gave up the tying and go-ahead runs on July 14 in Atlanta; and starters Taijuan Walker and Zack Godley each turned in an ugly outing.
But in each of these losses – and in several others — the lineup has failed them, either in creating run-scoring opportunities or by failing to cash in on the ones they had. As a team, the Diamondbacks entered Monday hitting .223 and averaging just four runs per game since June 28. Before that, they had hit .266 as a team and averaged 5.3 runs.
The drop-off is most severe in their situational hitting. They were hitting .293 with men in scoring position through June 27. Since, they’re hitting just .224.
No one has seen their numbers fall more drastically than the player whose production is most critical to the Diamondbacks’ success: Paul Goldschmidt. Through the club’s first 78 games, Goldschmidt hit a staggering .442 with men in scoring position. Over the past 20, he’s gone just 3 for 17.
And while the Diamondbacks’ catchers are viewed internally as a big reason for the club’s pitching turnaround, their poor offensive production is harder to overlook as others around them have failed to carry the weight. The catchers have hit a combined .225 during the team’s 20-game funk; Chris Herrmann has been especially bad, going just 5 for 48 (.104), though he logged many of those at-bats as an outfielder.
Some of the team’s struggles can probably be viewed as a harsh nosedive back to reality. Perhaps some of their hitters were producing over their heads, putting up numbers at unsustainable levels. A baseball season often has a way of balancing out the ledger.
How concerning is all of this? For manager Torey Lovullo, the answer is “minimal.” He sees a group of hitters whose approaches and attitudes have not changed and a team that, more often than not, is playing fundamentally sound games. This gives him confidence that things will eventually turn back around.
“Seasons are full of ups and downs,” Lovullo said. “We’re aware of the fact that this was a possibility. We’re not playing lousy, awful baseball. We’re just getting beat. When that happens, I’m OK with that. I just want us to digest it and get rid of it and get ready for the next day. That’s what I think we’ve been doing throughout this entire time.”
The Diamondbacks still have a lot of things going for them. They have a trio of starters atop their rotation in Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker that is perhaps as good as any in the league. They have a lineup that, though it hasn’t produced lately, includes Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and recently acquired J.D. Martinez, a group that stacks up with just about any other team in the league.
And even as teams like the Cubs and Pirates have made up ground in the standings, the Diamondbacks still control their own playoff destiny.
“Every team goes through this situation,” Peralta said. “We started really hot and everything was going in our favor, and right now things aren’t going the way we wanted, but we’re not giving up. We’re going to keep working. Things are going to turn back in our favor.”
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