Wednesday, October 4 2023

At 27-20, the Arizona Diamondbacks enter Monday’s MLB games with the second-best record in the NL West, the third-best record in the National League and the eighth-best record in Major League Baseball.

Not too shabby, huh?

Arizona sits just 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in their division and leads the National League’s Wild Card race.

Are the Diamondbacks contenders this season? Can they stay in postseason contention?

Check out what MLB writers and sites are saying about Arizona’s chances in their latest MLB power rankings, where the Diamondbacks are now ranked as high as No. 5.

Odds Shark: Diamondbacks ranked No. 5 in MLB power rankings

The site has Arizona behind the Braves, Rangers, Mariners and Dodgers in its MLB power rankings.

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USA TODAY Sports: Diamondbacks jump two spots to No. 7

Gabe Lacques writes: “20-12 against right-handed starters.”

Fox Sports: Diamondbacks rise one spot to No. 8

Rowan Kavner writes: “Most assumed the NL West would be a two-team race; they did not assume the young, speedy D-backs would be one of those two teams. They rank in the top 10 in OPS and steals, have multiple rookies making positive impacts, feature a potential Cy Young Award winner in Zac Gallen and are 1.5 games back of first place.”

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are climbing in MLB power rankings.

CBS Sports: Diamondbacks up three spots to No. 9

Matt Snyder writes: “They’ve won seven of nine and one of those losses was, inexplicably, the worst start of Zac Gallen’s career. This continues to be an intriguing team that should not be ignored.”

Sportsnaut: Diamondbacks go up one spot to No. 9

Matt Johnson writes: “Keep on buying stock in the Arizona Diamondbacks. While they don’t get a lot of attention, Arizona heads into the middle of May ranked eighth in OPS (.767), ninth in wRC+ (107) and it has a farm system with the depth and talent to provide depth and add impact starters in July.”

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Fansided: Diamondbacks now ranked No. 11 in MLB power rankings

Tim Boyle writes: “The Arizona Diamondbacks are playing like they believe in themselves. Even if the starting rotation is two pitchers deep, they hold onto the second-place spot in the National League West. If we’re being honest, they’re not quite ready to win a championship. Earning a wild card spot, however, could be good for them. It’s a year of obvious progress out of this ball club.”

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Source: Yahoo Sports


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