A lot has changed for the Arizona Diamondbacks since the 2018 All-Star break, with most of it being positive.
When the Arizona Diamondbacks sent Paul Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke, and Patrick Corbin to the 2018 All-Star Game, the team was nine games over .500 with the Colorado Rockies seriously threatening. Since then, they’ve flip-flopped out of first place in the NL West, improved their record, and pulled a little further away from the Colorado Rockies. Most importantly, they’ve improved their roster with a flurry of trades before the July 31st deadline.
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It’s a good time to be a supporter of the D-Backs right now. Each night they show a lot of grit, and even if they lose, they go down with a fight. Plus, this group, with the likes of Archie Bradley and Steven Souza Jr., is just an extremely likeable bunch of dudes.
Now, the team is getting ready to finish up their nine-game homestand before hitting the road for nine games. Luckily, their upcoming road trip will be against three teams — Cincinnati, Texas, and San Diego — that are without a lot of promise. Arizona could find themselves in a situation where they jump into first place and stay there.
But before the stretch run gets going, we need to check in on the biggest surprises since the All-Star break. Fortunately, most of them have been of the positive variety.