The last three seasons for the Diamondbacks have gone, 2020 (being the short covid year) 25-35, 2021 52-110, and last year going 74-88 fans are awaiting desperately to finally return to a winning season. The last winning season was 2019 with the last wild card appearance being in 2017. Focusing on baby steps, what should Arizona fans expect this year?
Arizona has a very tough schedule they start off with, in the first 10 games they will face the Dodgers 8 times and the Padres twice. The Dbacks can easily start off 3-7 or even 2-8 hopefully not, but entirely possible. Dealing with over half the Dodgers games in the first ten games means they won’t have to think about them again for a while so with every con there’s a pro.
While the roster is still growing and developing this team looks like a 72-76 win roster. The players are very talented, fast, and defensive-oriented but the offense is going to have to come at the right time for them to win more. Lovullo has been with the organization since 2017, has the most wins as a D-Back manager, and has reached the full potential of his players year in and year out and I believe this year will be no different.
I believe the Diamondbacks can earn 82 wins, they have an experienced great manager with Torey Lovullo. The win/loss differential between 2021 and 2022 was 22 wins and while I doubt that happens back-to-back years with the new talent being developed and acquiring 8 more wins is not out of the realm of reality.
Arizona will be heavily leaning on their pitchers, like Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly due to their small-ball style of play. While more pitchers will be called up from the minor leagues, the staple of this organization will be opening-day pitcher Zac Gallen and World Baseball Classic pitcher Merrill Kelly. D-Backs relief pitching is still questionable and hopefully better than last year but starters are going to need to go 6 or 7 innings deep day in and day out to stand a chance.