The Arizona Diamondbacks are just 53 games into a 162 game season, yet many experts and fans have already counted them out of contention for a NIL West pennant. They are 11 games under .500 and 12 games out of first place. Even though they have been playing a lot better as of late I don't think they will win more then 85 games at best this year.
The D'backs will struggle to reach .500, but that is the least of their worries. The big problem for the D'backs is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers didn't get off to good start this season but they are many peoples pick to win the World Series. The pitching for the Dodgers has been on fire as off late. Over a 3 game span Dodger pitchers held 56 consecutive batters hitless. One pitcher threw a no-hitter and the very next night another pitcher took a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Dodger pitching isn't the only thing the D'backs have to worry about. They also have a powerful offense led by outfielder Yasiel Puig.
The Dodgers are division rivals and given the two teams recent public dislike for each other, aren't going anywhere anytime soon. The Dodgers have put together a roster that can win now and be contenders for the next five years. The D'backs are trying to do just that and if they are going to be successful they will have to go through the Dodgers to do so. The fact that the front office recently brought in Tony La Russa should tell fans that they are planning to do just that.