Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 Season Preview By: Peter Snyder

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The Arizona Diamondbacks will not make the playoffs in 2018 but will win close to 90 ballgames. How is this possible you may ask? Well there are multiple factors. For starters, the Diamondbacks are going to have to compete in the best division in baseball during this upcoming season. The NL West is stacked and is going to have 4 teams finish the season with an above .500 record. Another reason why the D-Backs will not make the playoffs this season is because the fight for the 2 NL wild card spots is going to be a fight we have never seen before. There are going to be 4 maybe 5 teams fighting for the 2 wildcard spots the entire season and there will be little to no room for error. Now the question is brought up of why this ball club is going to win 90 games this year?” Well for starters, the D-Backs are returning essentially there entire team, with the exception of JD Martinez, from 2017 which was a very successful bunch. One of the key returners for the D-Backs is one of the more consistent aces in baseball, Zach Greinke. Greinke is the type of pitcher who will provide you with a boat load of quality, efficient starts on a daily basis. The D-Backs ace finished the 2017 season with a 17-7 record, struck out over 200 batters and had an ERA of 3.20. Greinke is complimented with a talented two who had a break out season in 2017. Robbie Ray showed the world just talented he was last year. He finished his 2017 campaign with a 15-5 record and a 2.89 ERA.  Ray also has one of the nastier white out sliders in the majors and struck out 218 batters last season. To finish off the D Backs 1-2-3 punch on the mound is Taijuan Walker, a former Mariner who takes the mound with a swagger and confidence that is admirable. Although Walker’s numbers were not sensational in 2017, he is still a talented starting pitcher and their are a boat load of teams who would be lucky to have a guy like him in their rotation.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are a very well defended team and only committed 108 team errors in 2017. They are also a team that is aggressive on the base paths and can produce runs with their bats and can do it in a big way. The D Backs offense is led by one if the best hitters in all of baseball, Paul Goldschmidt. Goldy is the type of player you can only dream about. He is the best defensive first basemen in the game and will give you 30 plus home runs and drive in 100 runs per season. With a guy as dangerous as Goldschmidt in the middle of your lineup, you are due to succeed. The Diamondbacks also have a very talented outfield in the likes of AJ Pollock, Chris Owings and David Peralta who will cover a boat load of ground and will get on base and score runs in an effective matter. But I think there is a guy who nobody really talks about who will be the KEY IMPACT to the Diamondbacks success in 2018. SS Ketel Marte is the best player you have never heard of. Marte is a smooth fielding SS from the Dominican Republic who has one of the smoothest swings you will ever see. He can also absolutely fly on the base paths and will score you runs. I know this is a bold prediction because his numbers are certainly not that impressive, but there is just something about this kid that I love and I think he will have a very successful season.

Overall, I have the Arizona Diamondbacks finishing the season with a 90-72 record and have them falling just short of the postseason. I think the D-Backs blend of solid pitching, mistake free defense and productive offense will be a good recipe to success for this team in 2018. Like I alluded to earlier however, the NL and specifically the NL West is going to be stacked and the D-Backs are going to fall a game or two short from the coveted event that is known as the MLB postseason.

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