The Arizona Diamondbacks are in a tough spot, as they play in one of the most talent-rich divisions in all of baseball. But despite their being in one of the harder places to advance to the playoffs out of, the D-Backs have had a very encouraging start to the 2019 season. And given the teams that they have had to play to start off the season, the team and its fans should be very optimistic for what the rest of the season has in store.
Arizona, through the first 10 games of their 2019 campaign, went 5-5. That record was only good for third place in the National League West, but given the competition they have played to this point in the year, they will be happy with their results. Their season started off with a four game series against the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers. And the Dodgers started off the season with a bang, handing the D-Backs three losses in those first four games. One of those three losses was an 18-5 drubbing, where the Dodgers’ bats were red hot.
From there, though, Arizona went 4-2 to finish their first 10 games with a .500 record despite facing more challenging competition along the way. They had to take on the San Diego Padres, who just added superstar infielder Manny Machado in the next series. After taking two out of three from the Padres, the Diamondbacks took two out of three from the defending champion Boston Red Sox. Included in their series victory over the Sox was a 15-8 win, where the Diamondbacks showed that their bats could heat up in a hurry as well.
Through their first three series of the season, the Diamondbacks aren’t considered World Series favorites, but aren’t being ruled out of the equation either. World Series MLB odds on bet365 have the Diamondbacks at +3500 odds to win the title after those opening three series, which is encouraging given that the team is going to face some softer competition eventually. After facing the two teams that squared off in last year’s World Series and a team set to rapidly improve, the D-Backs will play some teams that are further down the standings, which will put them in a position to win more games going forward.
Adam Jones has made an impact early in the season for the Diamondbacks, which should also inspire hope in fans. He’s hit four home runs to start the season, and looks like someone who is still at or near the peak of his powers despite his status as one of the veterans of the club. If he can combine with some of the emerging young talent on the roster to hit consistently, it will be a long year for opposing pitchers.
The NL West will be difficult to navigate, with the Dodgers, improving Padres, and a Rockies team that looks dangerous again this year. But if the beginning of this season has demonstrated anything, it is that the Diamondbacks will be able to hold their own.