In 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks sneaked up on everybody and won the NL West. They will not do that again this year. Even still, they are getting attention from national baseball writers. The latest is FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal, who makes his postseason picks for the 2012 MLB season.
He picks Arizona to make it to the World Series to face, and ultimately lose to, the Detroit Tigers. According to Rosenthal, they will win the West, defeat the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS, then beat the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS before falling to the Tigers in the championship round.
As for looking at the team, Rosenthal calls Arizona "the deepest team in the NL." He added:
The D-backs can withstand the absence of shortstop Stephen Drew, who is still recovering from a broken right ankle. The addition of Jason Kubel gives them four legitimate outfielders, and three youngsters - righty Trevor Bauer and lefties Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin - are candidates to join a rotation that already includes lefty Joe Saunders as the fifth starter. Lots of options, lots to like.
Arizona potentially be very good. People across the country are starting to see that.
For the fickle fans that live here in the Phoenix area, let us hope that they can live up to these lofty expectations, so that the fans give them the attention they deserve.
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