Five (bold) predictions for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS

By Trisha Garcia
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Daniel Descalso
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Daniel Descalso /
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4. The other Walker is the X-factor

Arizona Diamondbacks
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 25: Christian Walker /

Christian Walker that is. One of the two changes the Diamondbacks made to the roster from the Wild Card game to the NLDS was adding Walker to the bench.

Walker was added as an infielder, but he’s played in the outfield too. However, he’s most likely coming in as a pinch-hitter in the later innings.

The rookie had 15 plate appearances in 11 games after the Arizona Diamondbacks called him up. His batting average was only .250 in those plate appearances, but he had two home runs and two RBI’s.

I’ve got him nabbed as the x-factor because both of his home runs were against lefties. But, for him to have that success, he’d have to have it against Kershaw. Baez is a righty, as is Kenley Jansen, where the Diamondbacks have brought the heat in 2017.

But, Walker is also an x-factor at the plate because the Dodgers have never faced him. Walker had 32 home runs and 114 RBI’s in Triple-A Reno this year.