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NL West Season Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Iannetta
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Iannetta /
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Iannetta
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Iannetta /

The Arizona Diamondbacks, one of the National Leagues most surprising playoff teams in 2017, had everything working for them.

The offense that has been tormenting the Giants for years kept up their slugging ways throughout the entire season. With a breakout year from the starting rotation and one of the leagues powerhouse offenses, the Diamondbacks dominated their way to a 93-win season (fourth best in franchise history).

The D-Backs were not projected well beginning the 2017 season. Fangraphs had them winning 76 games and finishing fourth in the NL West, while Bleacher Report had them going 81-81 and also finishing in fourth place.

But of course as we all know, projections don’t mean anything when it comes to baseball. Expected to follow the Dodgers, Giants and Rockies in the Division, the D-Backs entered 2017 with something to prove, and oh did they ever.

Arizona’s season started off strong, both the offense and pitching staff carried them to one of the best records in baseball at the All-Star Break.

A mid-season acquisition of J.D Martinez solidified their lineup as an offensive juggernaut, that launched balls out of Chase Field many, many, many times throughout the year.

A middle of the order that consisted of Paul Goldschmidt, J.D Martinez, and Jake Lamb struck fear into National League Pitchers, even pitchers not named Tim Lincecum.

With a shaky bullpen throughout the year, the D-Backs starting rotation was one of the best in the game and exceeded expectations by a mile. Led by Zack Greinke, the rotation after him consisted of a lot of question marks. Stellar seasons from Robbie Ray, Taijuan Walker and Zack Godley established Arizona’s rotation as one of the deepest, most dominant rotations in baseball.