When the MLB calendar dictated that the Philadelphia Phillies would face the Arizona Diamondbacks in a short end-of-August series, the former squad probably thought that it wouldn’t be such a strong opponent.
After all, the Phillies are fighting for a spot in the postseason with a 72-58 record and the D-Backs don’t stand a chance this year, at 61-67.
Arizona, however, has shown Philadelphia that there is no such thing as an easy foe in the best baseball league in the world.
“The #Phillies are routed again by the #Dbacks, losing 12-3. Arizona has outscored Philadelphia, 25-3, in the last 14 innings, and have out-hit them, 27-4,” USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 31, 2022
Yes: the Diamondbacks, a fourth-place team in the NL West, completely humbled the playoff-bound Phillies.
Arizona Has An Impressive Young Core
They won 12-3 on Tuesday night, again led by some impressive performances by their young core.
Arizona is not focused on making the 2022 playoffs, but the 2023 season will be pivotal for them.
They have several young studs showing their talent on an MLB diamond already.
They recently called up exciting outfielder Corbin Carroll, and he has responded with several timely hits.
Christian Walker is already a 30-homer hitter, and there are other impactful young players in the minors waiting for a chance.
We are not saying the D-Backs will take down the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023, but they are equipped to compete for one of the Wild Card spots sometime in the next two or three years.