The 2012 season for the Arizona Diamondbacks will end on October 3, 2012, and fans wonder why some key players had disappointing years.
In 2012, Upton has only hit 17 home runs and his slugging percentage is down to .433. Further, he was the center of trade talks during June and July, which may have caused him to slump a bit. I know that the D-backs need his bat if the D-backs want to regain the NL West title in 2013.
All looked bright for Kennedy, who started the season 3-0. Kennedy then went 1-5 in May and 2-2 in June before regaining his control in July with a 3-1 record. Kennedy's ERA was 2.88 in 2011, but almost doubled to 4.88 in 2012.
Hudson pitched 9 games in 2012 before ending the season with a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his start against the Atlanta Braves on June 26.
Hudson had Tommy John surgery the first week of July and won't pitch until after the 2013 All-Star Game based on the 12-month recovery time needed after the surgery.
Before his elbow injury, Hudson was 3-2 with an ERA of 7.35, and spent time on the DL for a shoulder impingement.
2012 became another down year for Young. He averaged .230 and slugged .435. If it were not for his defensive skills, Young would not be a player for much longer.
In 2013, the D-backs will again be looking at four outfielders--Young, Upton, Jason Kubel, and Gerardo Parra. Kubel has not disappointed fans hitting a team high 30 homers and 90 RBI as of September 30.
Fans are looking for the D-backs to finish above .500 this year, needing at least two wins against the Colorado Rockies on Oct. 1-3 to guarantee a wining season with a record of 82-80.
Phillip Jackson, a long time baseball fan, has been living in Phoenix since 1981 and a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks since the team was awarded circa 1996. Follow him on Twitter @Pjacksonaz
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