Arizona Diamondbacks +850
Last season, the Diamondbacks were second in the NL with a +153 run differential in a hotly contested NL West Division, while this year that the D-backs are +43 in the all-star fracture and find themselves a half-game supporting the Dodgers. Arizona’s starting rotation was hit with the injury bug, losing Taijuan Walker for the season to Tommy John surgery following his third beginning in 2018 and with Robbie Ray proceed on the DL and miss all of May and most of June. The D-backs also were without Shelby Miller until late June, but Clay Buchholz was put on the DL shortly after his return.
Arizona has had an up-and-down season thus far, using a stretch of 21-8 to begin the season followed by a 5-18 record in its next 23 games and now a 27-18 series heading to the all-star break. Miller was dreadful following his return from the DL, compiling a 0-4 record, 11.40 ERA and 2.07 WHIP, and has been put back on the DL with elbow inflammation. Buchholz, that has gone 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 0.96 WHIP since signing in May, will return to the club in the not too distant future.
In general, the Diamondbacks offense has been strong throughout the year. It’s an issue of whether their pitching staff may get healthy again. There’s plenty of”ifs” with this club with Ray, Miller and Buchholz all with their issues, but if even two of those three can go back to shape, Arizona could make a push for the NL pennant.
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