When the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired veteran slugger Mark Trumbo last winter, the objective was to insert another power hitter into the lineup. Part of the rationale was that such a move would force opposing teams to pitch to Paul Goldschmidt, knowing that if they walked last season’s National League MVP runner up, they’d have to deal with Trumbo, who belted over 30 home runs over each of the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.
However, things don’t always proceed according to plan. Not even one month into the season, Trumbo was sidelined with a stress fracture in his right foot that kept him out of the lineup until early July. Then, only a few weeks later, Goldschmidt’s season came to a premature end when he was hit by a pitch and fractured his left hand, adding to the slew of injuries that have plagued the Diamondbacks all season.
Even though the Diamondbacks find themselves second to last in the National League West standings at 16 games below .500, and out of the postseason picture for the third consecutive season, that hasn’t hindered Trumbo from finally turning in his long awaited stalwart performance at the plate since returning from the disabled list.
Trumbo has embarked on an offensive tear over the past ten games, batting a beyond impressive .364 over that span, well above his .224 season average. He has reached base all ten games while driving in nine runs, three of them on a home run Saturday versus the Colorado Rockies, his first since returning to the lineup.
Despite his limited playing time this season due to the prolonged injury hiatus, Mark Trumbo making the most of his chance to finally showcase what he can offer to the Diamondbacks, a team that is merely playing for pride at this point, attempting to salvage as much of a jinxed season as possible. Trumbo finally has the opportunity to manifest his true form as a hitter once again, and it appears he’s making the most of it.
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