Arizona Diamondbacks Doing Deja Vu All Over Again In Miserable Start to 2010 Season

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Jeez, how many quality starts are the D-Backs going to waste before they get it together?

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Another strong effort, this one by Rodrigo Lopez, went for naught last night as the St. Louis Cardinals came from behind to beat the homies by a 4-2 count.

Chalk up this loss -- the team's fifth in a row and the sixth time in seven games that they've coughed up a lead late -- to untimely hitting and poor defense. The latter actually a tough chance for first-baseman Adam La Roche in the eighth that allowed a huge run for the Cards.

The D-Backs are now a meager 5-8 early in this campaign, painfully reminiscent of last season's God-awful start.

One bright sign, such as it was: Mark Reynolds collected two hits, which put him over the Mendoza Line with a .208 batting average.

(The infamous and very unofficial "Line" was named after a flashy Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop of the 1970s whose career average was a pathetic .215. That's Mendoza in the photo.)

The Diamondbacks are playing with no confidence, seemingly waiting for the roof to cave in at the end end of every game -- a self-fulfilling prophecy if ever there was one.

It's not the end of the world -- yet. Hell, there are 149 games left in the regular season.

But a bad start is exactly what the team's brass didn't want, scraping as they are for the Valley's precious entertainment dollars.

Arizona continues its three-game home series against the formidable Cardinals tonight at 6:30. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. For additional information, go to arizonadiamondbacks.com.

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