Arizona Diamondbacks Are Embracing Culture Of Close Games
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been no stranger to close games this season, and it seems like that every game they play will be decided by one run. Arizona has played in 16 one-run games, and this is most in MLB this season.
They have also won nine games this season in which they have scored three runs or fewer, and this is the most in MLB. This is an improvement on last season for the Diamondbacks, as they only won 11 games in this category last season.
One of the reasons why they have had so many close games this season is that they have struggled against left-handed pitchers and have been inconsistent with runners in scoring position. The problems with their offense can be attributed to them missing some key players that are important to their offense.
Another reason that they have played in so many tight ball games is because of their starting pitching, as indicated by the 3.77 ERA from the rotation.
The starters have kept the Diamondbacks in most games this season, but the bullpen has also been exceptional for the team. They are the main reason why Arizona is undefeated in extra-inning games this season.
Since Arizona has played in so many of these close games during the season, it has made them a better team. When a team has to play in several games that are decided by one run, there is less room for error.
Arizona has played in plenty of close games. Hopefully when they get healthy, their offense will improve.