Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/24/12

Arizona Diamondbacks

Hitters: F. The D'Backs slugged their way to an division title last season, but that hasn't been the case this season. No Arizona player has more than 5 homers. Even Justin Upton has been affected by the team-wide power outage as he currently sits with a puny .373 slugging percentage. Injuries have certainly played a role in their struggles as Stephen Drew still has not yet returned from last season's gruesome ankle injury and All-Star outfielder Chris Young missed several weeks of the season. But even considering that, Arizona has problems at several positions. They've gotten such poor production from their third basemen that Oriole castoff Josh Bell was just recalled to see if he can't plug the hole. Across the diamond, Paul Goldschmidt has been a major disappointment and started ceding playing time to Lyle Overbay.

Pitchers: C. On the mound, Arizona's fortunes have only been slightly better. Ian Kennedy has failed to come close to the Cy Young-caliber level he pitched at last season. However, Trevor Cahill has been solid and Joe Saunders is having one of those inexplicable Joe Saunders seasons where he looks awful but ends up with an impressive ERA. The biggest surprise though has been Wade Miley and his 2.14 ERA. The good news for the Snakes is that Daniel Hudson is set to return this week, which will resolve the issues they've had with the final spot in the rotation. The D'Backs have gotten great work from everyone in their bullpen except for closer J.J. Putz who has an ERA over 6.00, but also has locked down nine of his eleven save chances, so it hasn't really hurt the team much... yet.

Intangibles: B-. Arizona has a treasure trove of pitching prospects waiting for their turn to get called up. If they just throw enough arms at their rotation, they should be able to patch up any remaining issues in their rotation. The same cannot be said for their position player issues, unless they decide to start dealing some of those young pitchers for some proven talent to come in and help get the lineup back to the level it produced at last year. If all else fails, Kirk Gibson can probably just scowl at the players long and hard enough that they'll start hitting out of fear.

Overall: D. With Chris Young and Daniel Hudson healthy again, the D'Backs are set to get a shot in the arm that they have to be hoping will get them headed back in the right direction. Even with those two, this club seems like it is only ever going to go as far as their two stars, Upton and Kennedy, take them. In both cases, you have to think that both will start playing a whole lot better in the very near future, but we are also late enough into the season to start wondering if maybe something is wrong with one or both of them. Even if both of them flip the switch starting today, it might be too late since they have already fallen 10.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.

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