|Diamondbacks 2006 summary|
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 2008 SUMMARY
Many experts were surprised all season a year ago as the Diamondbacks won against the baseball betting odds despite getting outscored by more than 20 runs during the season. Baseball betting odds will probably be lower on Arizona based on their past success. It is amazing that the Diamondbacks did so well against the baseball odds considering their problems.
Chris Young had a nice year leading off but he had an on base percentage of less than .300 which is horrible for a lead off hitter. The offense just didn’t produce a lot of runs, yet the pitching staff was only 5th best in the league according to baseball odds stats. Arizona did have the dominant closer Jose Valverde and his league-leading 47 saves but he is now gone to Houston. If Arizona is to win against baseball betting odds again this year they will have to score more runs. Veterans Eric Byrnes and Orlando Hudson are solid and young players like Stephen Drew, Justin Upton, and Mark Reynolds will only get better. Chris Young is a star but he needs to show more discipline according to baseball odds experts. Baseball betting odds experts also believe Arizona has to find someone to play third base. Chad Tracy is not the answer according to baseball betting odds experts.
Arizona wins many times versus the baseball betting odds because of pitching. The Diamondbacks are led by Brandon Webb. He was excellent again last year, finishing second in Cy Young voting according to baseball odds experts. Doug Davis and Micah Owings are capable behind Webb and they can impact baseball betting odds on a regular basis. After those two there are question marks as experts that look at baseball betting odds see it. Enrique Gonzlez and Livan Hernandez look to be gone so it may be up to Randy Johnson to stay healthy and impact baseball betting odds.
There is no doubt that Arizona can compete again in the National League West. They won’t have as many things go right this season so they will need to score more runs if they are to win versus baseball betting odds this season.