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Dbacks Sprint For The
Playoffs Week 1: West Test

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With Less Than 30 Games Left In The 2017 Season, The Arizona Diamondbacks Face The Gauntlet Of The West Division, Including The Dodgers, Rockies

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By Bob Goodwood
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 31, 2017 — For the first time since 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks are likely to make the playoffs in 2017.

(All fans collectively knock wood, now, please.)

Now, with that avoidance of a jinx out of the way, can we agree the Dbacks would need a massive collapse — or an incredible run from the Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins or St. Louis Cardinals — in order to NOT get to October?

Though they won less than 70 games in 2016, they will likely be pushing 90 wins this year. And, as the team surges into September, they have 15 more wins and losses while those chasing them are struggling to stay above the .500 mark.

But, it won’t be easy. Fifteen of their final 28 games are on the road: three each against the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals.

They will be home only 13 times in September with three games each against the Giants, Padres, Marlins and a four-game set against the Rockies.

The good news is the Arizona Diamondbacks are 43-23 at home. The bad news is they are only 31-35 on the road.

And the Milwaukee Brewers — the only team besides the Rockies likely to catch the Diamondbacks — have a similar 14 home, and 13 away, split in September. And, the Brew Crew is only slightly better at home (36-31) then they are on the road (33-33).

The cherry on top is the team at the end of August finally looks like the team from April and May. They fit the “hitting on all cylinders” euphemism, most notably (who else) Paul Goldschmidt, who is batting over .400 and with a 1.400 OPS over the past seven days.
On the bump, Robbie Ray is back and doesn’t seem to have missed a beat even after that ball didn’t miss his head. But the hottest pitcher in Sedona Red HAS to be Patrick Corbin. Over the past 30 days, Corbin has a 2.52 ERA in 39 innings. But wait, there’s more. Over his last four starts and about 30 innings, Corbin has only given up one run for a 0.3 ERA.

If Greinke, Ray and Corbin pitch like they did in August and Goldschmidt hits like he has over the past week, they can clinch before Sept. 20.

But, then again, anything can happen in baseball.

Remember to keep knocking on wood, will ya?
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