The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a .500 or better team in four of the past six seasons, yet they haven’t exactly made a name for themselves as MLB betting favorites just yet. Would a successful 2013 campaign, anchored by breakout MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt, be enough to get them there?
Currently first in the National League West Division, the D-Backs are anything but pushovers in a hotly contested race. Despite their advantage over the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, however, they have just 28/1 odds of winning the World Series.
If Goldschmidt and company are to truly change the franchise’s fortunes, they’ll have to start from the ground up. A third-straight .500 season and a second postseason berth in three years seem to be as good a place as any.
The D-Backs have found themselves an All-Star of tomorrow in Goldschmidt (batting .324/.407/.595). He, along with youngsters Gerardo Parra (.307/.372/.460) and Didi Gregorious (.324/.385/.541), has re-ignited the organization.
Get a taste of what to expect out of Arizona in the long-run when they hit the road against the Chicago Cubs this weekend.