The Arizona Diamondbacks came into the season looking to prove their many doubters wrong.
They had a solid offseason, bringing in pieces such as Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Gabriel Moreno, Kyle Lewis, Evan Longoria, and Andrew Chafin, but were not expected to be able to compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Lo and behold, Arizona now owns the best record in the National League at 41-25.
At 16 games above the .500 mark, they sit four games ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West.
On Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today took note of how successful the D-Backs have been this season, as well as how they are currently in some unfamiliar territory.
The Arizona #Dbacks barely hang on, win, 9-8, over the #Phillies.
They are 41-25, with a 4-game lead over the #Dodgers in the NL West.
It's the 1st time they've been 16 games over .500 since the end of the 2017 season.
It's their 12th victory this season giving up at least 5 runs
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 13, 2023
Last season, the D-Backs finished with a record of 74-88 and missed the postseason.
It has been since 2017 that the D-Backs reached October, and they have also not had a winning season since 2019.
However, a lot appears to have changed in the desert, as the Snakes have quickly become an interesting team to watch.
They have won eight of their last 10 and are on a six-game winning streak.
The Dodgers and Padres were expected to do battle against each other for the top spot in the West this season.
But in an interesting twist, neither of those teams are at the top.
This time, it’s Arizona looking to prove their doubters wrong and give their fans a season to remember.
As an expansion team, the D-Backs won the World Series in 2001.
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