PHOENIX — When the D-backs left New York late last Thursday night, they were a group reeling.
After winning the opener versus the Mets, they dropped the next 3. They were all of a sudden on the outdoors searching in when it pertained to the No. 3 NL Wild Card area, with their possibilities of making the postseason to 30.7 percent, per Fangraphs.
The Cubs were pertaining to town, and they had the leading end of their rotation set to handle the back end of Arizona’s. It seemed like the D-backs remained in problem.
Three days later on, the D-backs finished a three-game sweep with a 6-2 win at Chase Field on Sunday night. If the season ended today, not just would Arizona make the playoffs; it has actually leapfrogged the Cubs, and has a hang on the No. 2 Wild Card area.
With 11 video games delegated play and 5 groups still defending the 2nd and 3rd Wild Card areas, the only thing that looks like a great bet at this moment is that there are going to be more psychological swings for the D-backs prior to the year is out.
How they manage them might show to be a huge consider how things end up.
Just last Sunday, the D-backs left Wrigley Field riding high after taking 3 of 4 from the Cubs. Then they struck a low in New York. Now they’re feeling great, however they have the Giants pertaining to town on Tuesday for a two-game set.
“It’s part of being a professional, knowing your situation and what you need to do to get in [to the postseason],” initially baseman Christian Walker stated. “But also understanding how quick things can change with these series coming up. Even these next two games against the Giants, we’re still out for blood. It’s not about doing enough; we’re trying to win out. We want to give ourselves a no-doubt chance, and we understand how hard it is and how quickly things change.”
Things altered rapidly in the D-backs’ favor due to the fact that of the method they took it to the Cubs, winning 6 of 7 video games versus them in 11 days.
“We weren’t very good,” stated Cubs supervisor David Ross. “They were better than we were [in] all aspects of the game. They played better defense, pitched better, timed their hitting and ran the bases better. Just got beat all the way around. Bad road trip — trying to wash everything off with the off-day tomorrow and get back at it on Tuesday.”
A nationwide television audience got to see the D-backs on Sunday as they appeared on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for the very first time because 2018. Large crowds filled Chase Field, producing an extreme environment.
If it was a test, the D-backs passed it quickly.
“I think everybody was walking up there controlling their emotions, taking care of their at-bats,” D-backs supervisor Torey Lovullo stated. “I think our guys were going pitch-to-pitch on the mound. We’re taking care of our business. Everybody is doing their job, and when you do your job, the team is going to be fine.”