The Diamondbacks’ road trip: By the numbers
The Diamondbacks enjoyed a successful ten-game road trip, winning seven of the ten games. They swept a four-game series against the Phillies to get them off to a hot start, winning the first five games of the trip.
Arizona clearly did most of its damage in the first five games. In those games their starting pitchers combined to collect a 1.64 earned run average. This was a big step for the Diamondbacks, who currently sit 26th in the league in ERA. Luckily for them, the Diamondbacks will begin a three game series against the Phillies beginning Monday.
Jake Lamb has really settled in at third base, he continued to solidify his hold on the position in the the teams round trip batting .416 with two home runs and 11 RBI. Paul Goldschmidt was strong as usual batting .432 with two home runs and nine runs batted in over the span. Yasmany Tomas belted five home runs including a game-tying dinger to put his team in position to go on to defeat the Rockies 10-9 on June 24.
Entering the road trip the team held a 29-39 record and a Fangraphs playoff probability of 0.5 percent. They are now 36-42 and have increased the team’s playoff odds to 1.3 percent. Not the biggest jump in the world but it doesn’t help that the San Francisco Giants claimed eight of its last ten games to keep a strong grip atop the division.
This team is not calling quits to its season just yet. Arizona showed signs of improvement across the board. The Diamondbacks may not sell at the deadline if they continue to play well because both Wild Card spots are not out of the question. The Diamondbacks are just six games back of the Wild Card, and playing the Phillies again this week should only help the team’s cause.