Arizona Diamondbacks could clinch postseason appearance against Miami

By Trisha Garcia
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: J.D. Martinez /
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You have a Giancarlo Stanton? Well, the Arizona Diamondbacks have a J.D. Martinez…and an A.J. Pollock. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks offense didn’t have a perfect road trip, but they will look to build on the success of J.D. Martinez and A.J. Pollock as they host the Miami Marlins.

After a 3-3 roadtrip, the Diamondbacks start a six-game home series where they will host the Marlins and the San Francisco Giants.

Luckily, J.D. Martinez is having a hot September, with back-to-back NL Player of the Week awards and A.J. Pollock has hit three home runs in two games.

But, once again, all eyes will be on Paul Goldschmidt as his MVP-candidacy will face off against Giancarlo Stanton, the other frontrunner.

Also heading into this series, Fernando Rodney is looking for his 300th career save, while Jake Lamb is looking to heat up after hitting his first home run in a month.

Finally, manager Torey Lovullo will be looking for some answers in the lineup as he recently moved Paul Goldschmidt up and J.D. Martinez into the cleanup spot.

The Diamondbacks are currently 5.5 games ahead of the Colorado Rockies in the National Wild Card standings, while the Rockies are just one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers.

They could clinch the top Wild Card spot this weekend as their magic number has been reduced to four games.

Even if they don’t clinch against the Marlins, the Diamondbacks will likely clinch against the Giants early next week. But, for now, let’s take a look at the pitching matchups.