Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 Reasons Why 2011 Was a Fluke

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Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 Reasons Why 2011 Was a Fluke
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A lot went right in the 2011 season for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

While the rest of their division struggled, they stunned baseball by winning the National League West. A team that came to be known for its ability to come back went from worst to first, in just one year.

When looking back, though, there were performances and events in 2011 that are unlikely to repeat themselves.

There is no denying that the D-backs had one of best offenses in all of baseball, as they led the National League in extra base hits, and were top five in home runs as well. However, many of the players responsible for that had career years.

On the mound, they also reaped the benefits of standout performances from previously average, or relatively unknown players.

It was surprising and exciting, but here are five reasons why the success of 2011 is unlikely to repeat itself:

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