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Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 keys to winning the Wild Card game

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PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 27: The Arizona Diamondbacks stand for the national anthem prior to the MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on September 27, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 27: The Arizona Diamondbacks stand for the national anthem prior to the MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on September 27, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 24: The Arizona Diamondbacks wave to fans in appreciation after clinching a post season birth during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field on September 24, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 24: The Arizona Diamondbacks wave to fans in appreciation after clinching a post season birth during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field on September 24, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Home is where the heart is

Across baseball, home teams only won a little under 54 percent of their games this season — but the Diamondbacks won 52 games at Chase Field, the second-most home wins in baseball.

The Rockies went 41-40 on the road and have only won 18 of 48 games or 37 percent of their played at Chase Field over the last five seasons, tied with the Atlanta for the lowest win rate among NL teams.

The Rockies (488) and Diamondbacks (457) finished the regular season first and second in runs scored at home.

But away from Coors Field, the Rockies scored the fifth fewest runs in baseball (336) and finished 23rd in OPS (.703), one spot behind you guessed it, the D-backs (.706).

Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado are the Rockies most dangerous bats. But Blackmon and Arenado’s production diminishes away from Coors Field. The difference in Blackmon’s home to road OPS this season was +455. Arenado led the team with a .886 road OPS, but Mark Reynolds and the red-hot Carlos Gonzalez are both bad on the road.

Zack Greinke went 13-1 at home with a 2.87 ERA this season and J.D. Martinez hit .373 in Arizona compared to .242 away from home. Paul Goldschmidt (.321 to .277) was also much better at home. The list goes on and on.

The “Coors Field effect” is a real thing and that is an advantage to the Diamondbacks. Remember though, the Rockies did win five games at Chase Field this season and wild card game starter Jon Gray has pitched well in Phoenix.

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