SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jason Kubel shakes his head a bit at the question, looking at the ground momentarily. He's heard it countless times since the end of the 2012 season.
"What happened those last two months?"
After a miserable finish to his first season with the D-backs and an offseason filled with trade rumors, Kubel is ready to move on, and he's stopped trying to figure out how a spectacular start went so awry.
"I've said to everybody, if I would've known, maybe I could've fixed it earlier," Kubel said. "I'm just looking forward to putting together a strong, full year. We'll see how that goes."
Through the first half of 2012, Kubel gave the D-backs all they'd hoped for and then some. Many considered him an all-star snub after hitting .293 with 60 RBI, 15 home runs and a .367 on-base percentage. He stayed hot through July, taking 72 RBI, 22 home runs and a .928 OPS into August.
Then, the wheels came off.
From Aug. 1 through the end of the season, a span of 176 plate appeara...