The Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves in a tough position with their season on the line.
Trailing 3-2 in the NLCS, the D-Backs must win back-to-back road games to clinch the NL Pennant.
But, these are not just any road games.
They are road games at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia.
In one of the toughest postseason environments in the sport, the D-Backs must find a way to win twice.
One way they can go about doing that is by changing their strategy.
Arizona has not been aggressive on the basepaths in this series.
They have yet to attempt a steal in this series and that is odd given they stole 166 bases during the regular season.
According to Bob Nightengale, the D-Backs plan to be much more aggressive on the bases in Game 6.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, who stole 166 bases during the regular season but have attempted only one this NLCS, plan to be much more aggressive tonight in Game 6, manager Torey Lovullo says.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 23, 2023
Anytime the D-Backs get a runner on they should be looking to steal.
Every run counts in these games and being able to get someone into scoring position via a steal is crucial.
Arizona has one of the best base-stealers in the sport in outfielder Corbin Carroll.
He had 54 stolen bases during the regular season, which was the third most in baseball.
Even though he has struggled to get on base during this series, Arizona still counts on him at the top of their order.
It will be interesting to see how much this strategy comes into place.
But, for the D-Backs to win two games in Philadelphia they have to make scoring runs easier on themselves.NEXT: Ketel Marte Is Part Of Historic MLB Club