At the Memorial Day quarter-pole of the baseball season, the Diamondbacks have not distinguished themselves.
That much is known.
At closer look at some numbers may reveal several of the core issues.
Among those through the first quarter which stand out are first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, shortstop Chris Owings and pitcher Wade Miley.
For his part, Goldschmidt has essentially picked up where he left off last year. That’s when he was tied for the National League lead in home runs and topped the circuit in RBIs.
Coming into Saturday’s game with the Mets, Goldschmidt was among league leaders in several categories. His .315 batting average was good for 10th in the league but he topped the league in hits, extra base hits and tied for the lead with the Cardinals’ Mike Adams in doubles.
Goldschmidt’s .553 slugging percentage was eighth best, his 109 total hits was good for third in the league and was fifth in RBIs.
Offensively, shortstop Owings continues to put up impressive numbers.
Before Saturday’s game at Citi Field, Owings was second among National League rookies in batting average, second in runs scored, second in walks, second in triples, second in stolen bases and second in on-base percentage.
Owings topped all National League rookies in hits, doubles, multi-hit games, extra base hits and total bases.
One reason for the Diamondbacks’ difficult start is lack of efficiency from the starting pitchers.
Miley, in particular and to a secondary degree Brandon McCarthy, are among league leaders on the negative side.
Through games of last Friday, Miley led the league in starts with 11 and fourth in innings pitched. At the same time, he tops National League pitchers in runs allowed, earned runs allowed, and wild pitches. As well, Miley is tied for second with Edinson Volquez and Wandy Rodriquez, both of the Pirates, with 10 home runs allowed.
For McCarthy (1-6, 4.67 ERA), who is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Padres in Chase Field, his start to the season has been challenging.
Before Saturday’s game with the Mets, McCarthy was second in league in runs allowed and fifth in earned runs allowed. As well, he is tied for third in home runs allowed and tied with teammate Trevor Cahill for most losses with six. In addition, McCarthy is 10th among NL pitchers in hits allowed.
Among relievers, Brad Ziegler leads in the league in appearances while closer Addison Reed is seventh in saves. Also, Reed is second in games finished.
As a team, the Diamondbacks were fifth in the league in batting with a .253 average. In pitching, they were last with a team ERA of 4.68 and the Phillies were just ahead (team ERA of 4.21).
Last season, the Diamondbacks finished second in team fielding among National League squads. Now, they are 12th in team fielding and only the Marlins, Dodgers and Nationals have a lower team fielding percentage.
Because of their start, the turnstiles at Chase Field are not turning at a rapid pace. Coming into a six-game home stand beginning Monday against San Diego, the D-backs have drawn 652,338 and only the Phillies (640,089 through last Friday) have drawn fewer fans at home.
All the above figures were complied before Saturday’s game with the Mets at Citi Field.