The Arizona Diamondbacks have been an interesting team to watch this season.
After losing 88 games in 2022 and falling short of the postseason for the fifth straight year, they made some key offseason moves to strengthen their roster.
Lo and behold, the Diamondbacks are now tied at the top of the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers with a record of 35-25.
A lot has gone right for the Snakes this season.
Their young stars such as Corbin Carroll have bolstered their chances of a postseason berth.
On Tuesday, D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo discussed what has been working for his team and why they have played so well this season.
"I felt like we started to create an identity…we started to feel like we could go out and compete against anybody."@Dbacks manager Torey Lovullo speaks on his club's strong play, sitting atop the NL West with the Dodgers 60 games into the season. #HighHeat pic.twitter.com/QaxjtZymSq
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) June 6, 2023
Lovullo said that everything “landed perfectly” for Arizona and spoke to the team’s athleticism, as well as how the new rules have allowed the team to show off that athleticism a little bit.
The D-Backs manager also discussed how the team matches up with the Dodgers and the fact that in their eight meetings with Los Angeles, they have emerged victorious five times.
Arizona had opened the season against the Dodgers, and Lovullo recalled the opening series being an opportunity for them to prove that they could stand toe-to-toe with the best in the National League.
He also recalled having told his team to embrace the challenge rather than be intimidated by it and see how they fared against the league’s best.
Two months later, Arizona has fared quite well against teams such as the Dodgers and now look like a dangerous ballclub.NEXT: The Diamondbacks Are Matching Elite Franchise History