Go ahead, D-Back fans, think about this for a moment. If I had told you April 1st that on June 26th, (A) Justin Upton would be the fourth-best home run hitter on the team, (B) Daniel Hudson would have three whole wins and (C) Ian Kennedy’s ERA would be two runs higher than last year’s, do you think the club would be in shouting distance of first place? You probably would think it was a rotten April Fool’s joke. Well the joke will soon be on the rest of baseball as Arizona is starting to heat up and will zoom right into the All-Star break as the hottest team in baseball.
The Dodgers are playing the Giants this week so you know much of the baseball world will be focused on that series. Then we will hear about how every team in the American League East is at least three games over .500. Fine. Thursday night, however there better be a big shining light in Atlanta as the highly anticipated debut of Trevor Bauer is set to take place. As of this morning, MLB Network is advertising Yankees–White Sox and Tigers–Rays as their two marquee games. Detroit is already being featured tonight against the Rangers. Yawn. If the network doesn’t switch and make D-Backs-Braves the big game that night, we will know where Arizona stands in the MLB pecking order. But that’s a story for a different day.
At 37-35, the D-Backs haven’t even played their best ball yet. Sure, they have won four in a row and are 7-3 in their last 10 but do you really think they can’t get better? Watch as Upton hits about .350 from now until the rest of the season and Paul Goldschmidt gets some consistency and launches about 20 more balls out of the yard. Maybe when one of those dingers hits an unsuspecting fan in the pool over the right-center field wall will Arizona get the love they deserve.
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