Dodgers: Comparing the Possible NLDS Opponents
Arizona Diamondbacks (63-48)
The Diamondbacks are a possible threat to the Dodgers for one simple reason; they have talent in every facet of the game.
Their excellent starting pitching staff, which currently owns the majors 2nd best ERA, has carried them to their standout season. Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray have headlined for the team thus far, but they recently lost Ray to a scary comebacker.
It is not only the starters that have been holding down the fort for this team, the bullpen should get just as much credit. Their bullpen is currently ranked 6th in the majors with a 3.54 ERA. Former starter Archie Bradley, who has quietly been one of the majors’ best relievers, has led their bullpen to its near elite status. Look for them to possibly add another piece to the bullpen in August.
How could we forget the Diamondbacks’ lineup that possibly has this year’s NL MVP? Yes, I’m talking about Paul Goldschmidt, who has led this team with 25 HR and a 1.031 OPS. He is surrounded by other power threats in Jake Lamb and J.D Martinez who form an elite heart of the order and will make sure to put the Dodgers’ pitchers on notice.