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MLB The Show

26 May 2017

Young bats have Diamondbacks playing for October

Young bats have Diamondbacks playing for October

The Arizona Diamondbacks are just one game back of first place in the NL West, and are 11 games above .500.

Arizona has won four in a row, nine of their last ten, and 12 of their last 15. Offensive consistency has allowed the D-Backs to blow teams out on a regular basis, and give their pitching staff more confidence on the mound.

While Paul Goldschmidt is raking as per usual and Zack Greinke is taking a lot of headlines, Chris Owings and Jake Lamb have consistently displayed offensive outbursts through the first two months of the season, and have played an integral role in Arizona’s success.

Young bats are booming

Owings is hitting .320, which is an unusually high average for a shortstop. Couple that average with 20 runs, six homers, 27 RBI, and nine stolen bases, and take a moment to recognize the fact that May isn't even over yet and you have rare production from a position best known for it's glove work.

Jake Lamb, Arizona’s third basemen, solidified himself as an elite offensive player last season, but took things to another level this year. Hitting .281, Lamb has scored 32 runs, blasted 13 home runs, brought in 40 RBI, and has stolen three times. He has hit five homers in Arizona’s last eight games, and has shown no signs of slowing down. 

Lamb recently won the NL Player of the Week, and has started getting well deserved recognition for his offensive success. Lamb has walked 25 times this year, and there is no question in my mind that tells me that opposing pitchers are beginning to fear his ability to quickly change the momentum of a ball game with one swing of the bat.

The NL West race

The Diamondbacks, who are neck-and-neck with the Colorado Rockies, must continue their winning ways if they are going to make the playoffs. The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are always relevant when September rolls around, and that means that the Diamondbacks need to continue winning ball games, especially against division rivals. You might ask if it is possible for a team that everyone counted out in March to keep their head above water over their next 113 games. When you have Chris Owings and Jake Lamb performing the way they have, the sky is the limit for the men in Sedona red.

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