Arizona Diamondbacks: Handing out hardware for the 2017 season

By Joseph Jacquez
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 09: Paul Goldschmidt
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 09: Paul Goldschmidt /
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There is plenty to celebrate about the Arizona Diamondbacks 2017 season

So many memorable moments. So many memories that will last a lifetime.

The 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks season may have ended earlier than we would have liked, but this year was deemed a success the minute they clinched a playoff spot on J.D. Martinez‘s walkoff RBI single off the left-field wall in the home regular season finale.

Before we get into individual accolades, lets remind ourselves all the great things the Diamondbacks accomplished during season No. 20 as a franchise.

In Torey Lovullo‘s first season as manager, the D-backs won 93 games, 24 more than their total of 69 in 2016. The 24-win difference was the second largest improvement in the major leagues behind the Minnesota Twins (26). The Twins also made the postseason.

In addition, the Diamondbacks led the majors with a +291 run differential increase from 2016 to 2017. This largely was due to the pitching staff. The D-backs finished in the top 2 in the NL in ERA (3.66) and strikeouts (1,482) and Arizona’s 1.43 difference in ERA from last year to this year was the best in the majors. Only the Indians (21.3) had a better pitching WAR than the Diamondbacks (17.3).

The D-backs tied a club record with 45 wins against NL West competition, finished third in the NL with 44 comeback wins, went 52-29 at home and won the second most 1-run games in the majors (29). The Snakes also won a franchise record 12 inter league games.

There is not much this team did wrong – hence the reason why they won 93 games and finished with the third best record in the senior circuit.

The division series may have not gone the way the D-backs wanted, but there is plenty to celebrate about “Our Season,” and plenty of reasons to look forward to 2018.

Now, it is time to hand out some individual hardware.