Isn’t this what we all expected, back in spring training some eight months ago? That it would all return to the Arizona sunshine come late October for a Rangers-Diamondbacks World Series? No, no one expected this. Here’s what we can expect from this series: Arizona’s young, superb defensive outfield—perhaps the game’s best will attempt to track down balls ripped into the gaps by the Rangers’ powerful lineup. We can expect Bruce Bochy to rely on his starters to go deep into ballgames, at least by postseason standards, as the Texas bullpen has been iffy at times. Conversely, Torey Lovullo will get the ball into the hands of his excellent bullpen as soon as possible. We can also look forward to Arizona’s aggressive base running from likely Rookie of the Year Corbin Carroll, and stolen bases (the D-backs have sixteen of them in the postseason). My prediction? The Rangers will ultimately out-slug the National League champs and win this series in six. However, if this postseason has taught us anything, it’s that predictions are a fool’s errand, which makes for very exciting baseball.
Alonso Sarinana of the Bleed Los Podcast
As you can see by all of the other predictions (and most predictions from the national “experts”)…
ITS THE DIAMONDBACKS AGAINST THE WORLD.
How do you keep doubting this young squad that has found a way to keep winning even when their backs were against the wall in a pivotal series on the road at Philidelphia? They have continued to prove everyone wrong, including the national talking heads that can’t comprehend a team like Arizona making the World Series. The number one thing I am looking for matchup wise, is the new analytical approach of Arizona’s Lovullo vs the old school Managing style of Texas’ Bochy. Watch for pitchers to go deep into the game for the Rangers & on the other side you won’t see Arizona’s pitchers face the Rangers lineup for a 3rd time. We will see what style pays off throughout this series.
I’m backing the Diamondbacks to win in 7.