Here we go! 162 games have led to this moment. It’s do or die. It all starts tomorrow in Milwaukee.
What a year for the Diamondbacks. A season that has presented the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. A season that showcased an unstoppable offense, and an offense that couldn’t scrape together a run.
A season that saw dominant pitching performances and a season that witnessed bullpen collapses. After it was all said and done, Arizona made it to October.
The D-backs finished the season 14th in runs scored per game, and 20th in runs surrendered. Arizona finished 2nd in team steals and 4th in defensive runs saved.
They finished the first half of the season 52-39 and went 32-39 after the all-star break for an overall record of 84-78.
They will face the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the postseason. It will be a tall task to take 2 out of 3 from this fundamentally sound ball club. Let’s see if Arizona is up to the challenge.
The Brewers finished with the 5th best home record
All 3 games in this playoff series will be played at American Family Field. That is very unfortunate for the Diamondbacks.
Milwaukee finished the season with a home record of 49-32. That is 6 wins out of every 10 games. It’s safe to say that their best comes out in front of the home faithful.
Thankfully, the Diamondbacks aren’t terrible on the road this season. They finished 41-40 in away contests which I know is not great but it was good enough to be 10th in the MLB.
Hey, all I am saying is that Arizona won their only away series against the Brew Crew this season; So you're saying there's a chance? Yes, there always is.
The Brewers have the best pitching staff in baseball
The Brewers pitching staff: 3.71 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, .226 batting average against. Good luck.
Arizona’s lineup will face the biggest challenge possible. Milwaukee’s incredible staff is led by righty Corbin Burnes. Among NL pitchers, Burnes finished 6th in ERA, 5th in IP, and 1st in WHIP.
Their bullpen aint half bad either. Ranking 2nd in all of baseball in ERA and batting average against.
If the Snakes are going to win this series, they will have to strike early…
The Brewers have a quiet offense
Sure, the Brewers are a good team (92 wins), but they aren’t flawless. Their Achilles heel? Their offense.
Milwaukee's offense ranks 17th in runs scored and 25th in slugging percentage. The only thing they really do well is draw walks (5th). If the Arizona pitchers can command the strike zone, success should follow.
There are only two hitters the D-backs should be worried about. Catcher William Contreras, and outfielder Christian Yelich. Both knocked in over 75 runs and recorded an OPS greater than .800.
This should be a very fun series to watch. Both teams boast great strengths and shamefully bear glaring weaknesses. Let the games begin.