Evan Longoria is the longest-tenured player in the Dbacks lineup. After almost a decade with the Tampa Bay Rays and five years with the San Francisco Giants, this is his first year in Arizona. He got a fair amount of playing time during the regular season, but has become more of an everyday guy in the postseason. Longo is known for being a great clubhouse leader, a guy who can still make great plays at third base and run under pressure, and, most importantly, for saving a reporter from an errant foul ball during Rays practice.
But he hasn't stepped up this postseason. In an Arizona order that has stayed pretty much the same throughout the postseason, Longoria has almost 40 at bats but only five hits, only two with extra bases, and no home runs. He's gone back and forth between seventh and eighth in the order as DH, and has been pinch hit for by Pavin Smith a few times, who has managed to come through in some tight spots. While Longoria's reputation makes his presence alone a vague threat, the bottom of the Dbacks lineup will keep looking like easy outs if Longoria doesn't find a way to capitalize on what might be some of his last appearances in a MLB jersey.