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Arizona Diamondbacks Betting –D’Backs Could Make Noise In The National League

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 4/10/2012 10:32:33 AM

Online betting players should take a long, hard look at Arizona for this year’s futures as they have a number of players poised to break out, and they could end up stealing the National League with their balance, talent and experience.

The Lineup

The Diamondbacks were 19th in batting average in 2011, but they were ninth in homers and runs scored and in right-fielder Justin Upton, they have one of the bonafide up-and-coming stars, if he isn’t already a star. Arizona didn’t make any major changes from last season and instead, are allowing the role players around Upton to flourish, such as catcher Miguel Montero, third baseman Ryan Roberts and center-fielder Chris Young. Left-fielder Jason Kubel comes off an injury-plauged season in Minnesota and he’ll be out to prove he can add some power to the Arizona lineup, but overall, it’s a dangerous group and it could be the best in the National League West, a place where the ability to score runs is at a premium in a pitching-heavy division. But the key to it all is Upton, who has all five baseball tools and is turning 25 in August. He hasn’t been consistent throughout his five-year career, but he is at the point where he should know how to handle himself as a major-league player and if he can harness it, Upton could be an MVP candidate very soon.

Second baseman Aaron Hill bounced back from his struggles in Toronto over the second half of last season, and Lyle Overbay adds a bat off the bench for the Diamond, while John MacDonald brings defense and leadership. The Diamondbacks are also a team that won’t hurt themselves in the field as they were seventh in the majors in fielding percentage last season.

The Pitching

Ian Kennedy is the ace of the rotation and you won’t find many MLB betting players that forecasted last year’s 21-win campaign for the 27-year-old, but now he has to do it with the pressure of knowing he is the No.1 starter going into the season. Daniel Hudson and Joe Saunders are next in line, while Trevor Cahill came from Oakland after a disappointing 2011 season and Josh Collmenter was up and down as well. If Cahill can find his 2010 form, that gives the Diamondbacks a powerful trio at the top of the rotation along with Kennedy and Hudson, while Saunders is capable of holding down the fourth spot for the entire season. This group is going to be crucial to the Diamondbacks’ chances this season.

Last year’s bullpen was very good, coming in third in the majors in save percentage, and the dynamic duo of closer J.J. Putz and David Hernandez are back to spark the group. Putz had an incredible season with 45 saves, but he has battled consistency issues throughout his career and that is the only thing holding him back. They also have a great balance throughout the bullpen when it comes to right-handed (Putz, Hernandez, Bryan Shaw and Brad Zeigler) and left-handed (Craig Breslow, Joe Paterson and Wade Milley), and that allows the Diamondbacks to match with any situation.


Kirk Gibson won the National League’s Manager of the Year in his debut season with the Diamondbacks, and the team took on his gritty personality that made them one of the toughest outs in the entire major leagues. Arizona won 48 games while coming from behind in 2011, which led the big leagues and they never give up until the final out is registered, which is a credit to Gibson and his staff. Gibson should also be credited with getting as much as he could have out of Upton, but he’ll have to keep the talented 24-year-old on track.

The Diamondbacks are 10th in the major leagues in average age at 29.3 years, and they have that mix of youth and experience that you want in a big-league team. They are also handled by a man who really knows the game in Gibson, and this Arizona team could be a problem for the likes of Philadelphia later in the season.

How It Will Play Out

MLB betting odds have the Diamondbacks at +800 to win the National League pennant and +1600 to win the World Series, and it isn’t as silly of a bet as you would think. The Diamondbacks may have more balance than anyone in the National League not named Philadelphia and if the Phillies have more injuries to their lineup, Arizona would jump ahead of them.

These bets are definitely worth a look and if the Diamondbacks can stay healthy, they’re the class of the National League West. Throw down a little on Arizona in your sports betting book this season.



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