Monday -- Mets 7, D-backs 3. Another big early deficit extends losing streak. Today -- Mets 9, D-backs 0. Arroyo, D-backs crushed at home. Wednesday -- RHP Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.03) vs. RPH Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.78), 12:40 p.m., no TV.
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The D-backs need some relief from their starting pitchers. Their starters have a 7.18 ERA, the highest in the major leagues, and have made only two quality starts, the fewest in the majors. No other team has fewer than four; Oakland has 10. The most concerning aspect of the D-backs' 4-11 start? "The starting pitching. Is there a question about that?" manager Kirk Gibson said. Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Trumbo on a roll
A famously fast starter, Mark Trumbo is at it again. Trumbo leads the major leagues with six home runs and 18 RBIs after hitting a three-run homer that brought the D-backs back into the game Sunday, although it ended an 8-6 loss. Trumbo already has seven multi-RBI games. When Trumbo hits them, they stay hit. He has 18 homers of at least 420 feet or longer since the start of 2012, tied with Baltimore's Chris Davis for the most in the majors.
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Addison Reed has solidified the back end of the D-backs' bullpen by converting all three of his save chances, but the Mets are searching for a way to replace closer Bobby Parnell, who will miss the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Former D-back Jose Valverde converted his first two chances but was touched for a game-tying three-run homer by Angels DH Raul Ibanez on Saturday. The Angels also had a walk-off victory Friday when Mets reliever Jeurys Familia hit a batter with the bases loaded.
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The longer the D-backs' struggles continue, the less history likes their chances of recovering. Of the 73 teams that began a season 4-11 in the modern era (since 1900), four made the playoffs: Pittsburgh (1974), San Francisco (2000), Oakland (2001) and Philadelphia (2007). The odds are not as severe in the new millennium, however. Since 2000, three of the 17 teams that started 4-11 played in the postseason, and three won division titles.