Arizona Diamondbacks: 2015 Year in Review
Oct 3, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) crosses home plate after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Chase Field. The Astros won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks finished the 2015 season with a record of 79-83 and in third place in the National League West. This represents a 15 game improvement over last year’s worst record in the Majors. The D-backs finished second in the National League and eighth overall in runs scored with 720. Their .986 fielding percentage ranked sixth-best in the game. However, two big negatives were the performance of their starting pitching and a dismal home record of 39-42, one game worse than their road record.
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Hopefully, this year turns into a stepping stone for bigger and better things. Although I thought 75 wins were a possibility, I did not think this team would have at least on the peripheral of a Wild Card spot like they were in mid-August. Despite the starting pitching being as bad as we thought it was going to be, there was no way we thought the offense was going to be this scoring machine. Perhaps the most exciting part of 2015 was watching players that were in their first and second seasons perform extremely well at the Major League level. More than that, with a key signing or two, the Snakes could reach the postseason in 2016 and with such a young core of position players, a perennial playoff contender. Let’s take a look at the year that was hopefully a turning point for the Arizona Diamondbacks franchise.
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