With now just 30 games left in the regular season, we are in the home stretch, the final quarter of the 2011 season. It is time to review the current Arizona Diamondbacks roster to look at what they’ve accomplished, where they are now, and what they can provide, if anything, in the final few weeks of the National League West pennant race. Next up: Justin Upton
What he’s accomplished: A lot. He was threatened with being traded in the off-season which seems it was more to light a fire under his feet. Well, it’s worked. Now he is in the MVP talk, although lately that has subsided as the power numbers haven’t moved much over the past two weeks.
What he’s doing now: He’s still contributing even when not producing the power numbers. He is still hitting .297, 25 HR, 77 RBI. He has 36 doubles and has a total of 150 hits. His strikeouts are only at 102, which, for him, is much better. He still needs to work on his defense though. He has 13 errors. He dropped an easy fly ball this weekend. That will need to improve though.
What he means to the Dbacks run to the pennant: He probably means the most out of anyone. He has been a consistent producer in the three hole. He needs to come up with some big hits in September. They got a scare with an elbow contusion last week in Washington, but without Upton, this team goes nowhere. As good as the pitching is and as much as many others contribute, having Upton in the lineup is a must if the Dbacks want to have any post season aspirations.