With the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants both severely upgrading their team, the Arizona Diamondbacks were really caught holding the bag at the deadline. The Diamondbacks were rumored to be dangling Justin Upton in a blockbuster for Seattle Mariners star Felix Hernandez, Justin Upton to the Chicago Cubs in a deal for Matt Garza, and another “star” right hander that wasn’t named.
Nothing came of all the talks, and the Diamondbacks made a small trade trading left handed pitcher Craig Breslow to the Boston Red Sox for Scott Podsednik and right hander Matt Albers. Kind of a weird move to me, but whatever- they know their personal better than I do.
With all that being said, the question asked is simple. Are the Arizona Diamondbacks still favored to win the West. I say yes ONLY on one stipulation. Justin Upton gets hot and carries this club offensively over the next 8 weeks. If Justin Upton continues to struggle, the Arizona Diamondbacks will NOT make the postseason this year as the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are both better than this team now.
The Diamondbacks have a ton of young pitching, but that’s what it is- young. The inexperience could show up a little bit as the pressures of the playoffs most likely will impact some of these guys. There’s nothing wrong with that as Arizona is starting to put together a system of talent that could run the West for a long time.
I never want to count a team out, but the Diamondbacks are going to have to step up their game on the field for the rest of the year and it all comes down to the young shoulders of Justin Upton. I think he’s got the talent to do it, but his struggles this year- nothing is guaranteed there.
We’ll see what happens but I’m looking forward to the sprint to the finish line.