Arizona Diamondbacks are no joke in 2018, ready to take down NL West

Heading into Tuesday night’s game versus San Francisco, the Arizona Diamondbacks had an 8-2 record. They look like one of the best teams in the NL thanks to many key facets, including being third in the majors in ERA (2.56) and second in quality starts with seven.

Zack Godley, 27, has been stellar in 2018. The right-handed pitcher has given up one walk in 14 innings and has only surrendered one earned run. Patrick Corbin is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA and the lefty has 20 strikeouts on top of that.

The D-backs look like they’re here to stay and have one of the more talented rosters in baseball. With the Los Angeles Dodgers sputtering out of the gate and the Colorado Rockies sitting at 5-6, Arizona should be able to take the NL West by storm throughout the 2018 season.

Arizona has a strong lineup even with the departure of J.D. Martinez this past offseason. Chris Owings is leading the team in batting average with a .400 mark and he has 17 total bases. A.J. Pollock is hitting .316 so far this season and he is second on the squad in RBIs with seven.

Nick Ahmed continues to blossom in the lineup as he is posting an average of. 360 and eight RBIs. There’s no doubt that Arizona has a bright future and the upcoming schedule for them appears favorable. From now until April 22, Arizona will face the Giants five times, the Dodgers three times and the San Diego Padres three times.

The D-backs can take control of the division early this season and can run away with it. They have a great combination of youth and experience. Arizona has depth in the bullpen and on the bench. Don’t forget starters Taijuan Walker (3.27 ERA).

If Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray can find their groove, then there’s no reason the Diamondbacks can’t take down anyone who tries to ruin their quest for another division crown.

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