The National League West has been the strangest division in Major League Baseball during the 2013 season. At first it seemed that almost no one wanted the division but most figured the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants to be a favorite. Then the Arizona Diamondbacks took over and dominated for months while the Giants tanked. Now as the season draws nearer towards the end, the Diamondbacks playoff hopes are fading fast behind the once last place Los Angeles Dodgers.
Entering play on Tuesday the DBacks find themselves a healthy 6.0 games behind the Dodgers. Considering how well the Dodgers are still playing, that is not a good thing. The fact that the Diamondbacks didn’t really add what they wanted at the trade deadline means they still are a team with a few big holes. Unfortunately the Dodgers are a team with zero holes right now. The division hopes are not dead but they are dying fast without a drastic winning streak. So we turn our attention to the wild card races.
Forget the first wildcard race as the Diamondbacks sit 9 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Even the second wildcard race is fading as now they are 4.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for that spot. They have gone 4 – 6 in their last ten games and lost two in a row. No matter what they do for the rest of the season they will have two of the best players all season in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and starter Patrick Corbin. If the Diamondbacks plan to win even the second wildcard spot this year however, they’ll need a ton of contributions for the rest of the roster. Those two cannot do it by themselves.