Beware the Diamondbacks. Moving past upstart status, they routed the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers. Taken at face value, the three-game sweep last week stated a simple truth: Arizona can knock off anyone.
The Dodgers have the best record in the big leagues yet couldn’t deal with Arizona’s offense in the series in Phoenix. Arizona scored 19 runs off starters Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lasted 102⁄ innings combined. 3
The Dodgers are pacing toward 110-plus victories. To rout them was a booster shot of confidence but not necessarily one that filled a deficiency. “We’re a very confident team,” manager Torey Lo
vullo said. “And we’re playing good right now.”
One concern for Arizona: MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt was scheduled for an MRI on his sore right elbow. Patrick Corbin regaining his stellar form of 2013, before he had Tommy John elbow surgery, has given Arizona another frontline starter behind ace Zack
Greinke. The last two months, Corbin has increased his slider usage to a high level and to excellent effect, per FanGraphs.com. Arizona clinching a wild-card berth sooner than later could spare Corbin slider-heavy outings this month.