Since before the MLB postseason began, I've been doing a dossier of every team in the playoffs. Here's a rundown of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who host the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET on TBS).
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Finished the regular season as: 2017 National League Wild Card team
Last postseason appearance: 2011 NLDS (lost to Milwaukee)
Last World Series appearance: 2001
Last World Series title: 2001
Top 10 players, 2017 season
- Paul Goldschmidt, (.297/.404/.563, 36 HR, 120 RBI, 117 runs, 18 SB, 5.3 fWAR)
- Zack Greinke, (17-7, 1.07 WHIP, 3.20 ERA, 215 SO, 5.1 fWAR)
- Zack Godley, (8-9, 3.37 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 165 SO, 3.5 fWAR)
- Robbie Ray, (15-5, 2.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 218 SO, 3.2 fWAR)
- Patrick Corbin, (14-13, 4.03 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 178 SO, 3.0 fWAR)
- Jake Lamb, (.248/.357/.487, 30 HR, 105 RBI, 89 runs, 2.5 fWAR)
- Taijuan Walker, (9-9, 3.49 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 146 SO, 2.5 fWAR)
- J.D. Martinez, (.302/.366/.741, 232 ABs, 29 HR, 65 RBI, 2.2 fWAR)
- Chris Iannetta, (.254/.354/.511, 17 HR, 43 RBI, 69 RBI, 2.2 fWAR)
- A.J. Pollock, (.266/.330/.471, 14 HR, 49 RBI, 73 runs, 20 SB, 2.1 fWAR)
Quality of clinching celebration: Soaked. At least the Diamondbacks are the ones who jumped in their pool this time.
Season recap: That went well! A new management team, a healthy A.J. Pollock, a revamped rotation and a perfect midseason trade turned the D-backs into a true powerhouse this year. If they can get past the Rockies, this team is as scary as any in the game.
Probable playoff lineup :
LF David Peralta
CF A.J. Pollock
1B Paul Goldschmidt
RF J.D. Martinez
C Chris Ianetta
3B Jake Lamb
2B Brandon Drury
SS Ketel Marte
Look for Daniel Descalso, who has more postseason experience than anyone on this roster, to do something big at some point too.
Probable playoff rotation
NL Wild Card Game: Zack Greinke
If they advance ...
NLDS Game 1: Robbie Ray
NLDS Game 2: Zack Godley
NLDS Game 3: Zack Greinke
NLDS Game 4 (if necessary): Patrick Corbin
Oh, yeah, Taijuan Walker probably fits here somewhere too.
- Rotation. They've run everything the D-backs have done all year, and they're rolling heading into the playoffs. It's going to be a struggle every night scoring against these guys.
- Goldschmidt. Perhaps the most unappreciated great player of the past half decade -- it's possible this will be the third season he finishes second in NL MVP Award voting -- he was a monster in the only other postseason series he ever played in, during his rookie season. Look out.
- Martinez. Batting behind Goldschmidt is the hottest hitter in the game who is playing for a new contract.
- Bullpen. Wait, Fernando Rodney is still the closer for this team?
- Lineup depth. Pollock, Goldschmidt and Martinez have been amazing, and Jake Lamb has a ton of power, but there are some holes in this lineup.
- OBP. The Diamondbacks actually have the lowest on-base percentage of any postseason team. Baserunners have a tendency to be valuable in October.
Best-case scenario: Greinke has a postseason that secures him as a sneaky Hall of Fame discussion guy, and the rest of the rotation shuts everybody else down. The offense scores enough runs that they don't have to rely on Rodney every night.
Worst-case scenario: Rodney blows a lead to the Rockies and the D-backs spend all winter looking for a closer.
Ramifications of a World Series title: Goldschmidt becomes a Larry Fitzgerald-type local hero.
Status: If Arizona can survive the perils of the Wild Card Game, it might be the scariest team the Dodgers will face.
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