Arizona Diamondbacks Start Spring Training with a Limp

Chris GreenCorrespondent IIIMarch 8, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 05:  Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks signs autographs for fans before the spring training game against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 5, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The early days of spring training have not been kind to the Arizona Diamondbacks.  They have one win, one tie and four losses so far.

The Diamondbacks have a run differential of minus-29 through their first six games, and three of the five members of the starting rotation have been saddled with losses after just a few brief innings of work.

In short, the offense has been scarce and the pitching has been generous.

The Diamondbacks team ERA is a prodigious 7.50, the second-highest of any major league team this spring.

The poor preseason is nothing new for the Diamondbacks, who seem to have conjured some spring curse since they moved to their new stadium at Salt River Fields last year. 

In 2011, the Diamondbacks' spring-training record was 12-25, with a run differential of minus-31.             .

Despite the poor spring, the Diamondbacks’ 2011 season was a rousing success, so a slow start in 2012 is hardly concerning.