Despite managerial switch, Dbacks can't snap slumpPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks hoped a managerial switch would change their fortunes.
It has -- for the worse.
Picked by many to contend this season, the Diamondbacks are 1-5 since they replaced Bob Melvin with A.J. Hinch, a front office executive with no managerial experience.
The Washington Nationals, the only major league team that has fewer wins than the Diamondbacks, took two out of three in Chase Field.
Then the Cincinnati Reds came to town and swept a three-game series by a combined score of 26-9.
As the Diamondbacks begin a 10-game road trip tonight in Atlanta, they're 13-22 and 10 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
With the exception of red-hot right fielder Justin Upton, the Diamondbacks have been unable to shake themselves out of a season-long slump at the plate, where they're hitting a major league-worst .232.
Outfielder Eric Byrnes is hitting .200 in the second year of a three-year, $30 million contract.
Outfielder Chris Young, who was given a $28 million, five-year contract extension in April 2008 after only one full major-league season, is batting .185 and has 11 more strikeouts than hits.
Catcher Chris Snyder is batting .215 and infielder Chad Tracy has been benched with a .200 average.