Future Star: Justin Upton Leads Diamondbacks Past Yankees
The last time the two faced each other was back in 2007, at the old Yankee Stadium.
Looking at the bigger picture, the D-backs pose no real threat to the Yankees, whose hopes are to repeat as World Series Champions.
Even last night's win against the Yankees does not change this fact for Arizona.
The D-backs are currently in last place in the NL West with a 27-43 record. It is not entirely finished, but the chances of the D-backs making the postseason are pretty grim. Still, Arizona has a budding, talented ballclub with an average age of 27.
The D-backs possess one player in particular that could potentially become the best player in baseball. If this player's progress continues, he could be one of greatest ever.
He is only 23 years old but is already in his fourth season in the majors. He has a brother who is 25 and plays for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Do you know who I am talking about?
If you guessed D-backs right fielder Justin Upton, you would be correct.
Any true baseball fan has heard of the Upton brothers.
Justin and his brother B.J. are both ridiculously talented. They are the first pair of brothers who have been drafted first and second in the first round of their respective drafts.
The obvious difference between the Upton boys is that Justin has filled out more, making him more powerful than his older brother. His biggest downfall is at the plate. Justin lacks consistency, as it is either feast or famine—he already has 92 strikeouts in 2010.
Regardless, this kid is as natural a baseball player as Robinson Cano. Remember, Cano used to swing at everything and could not hit with runners in scoring position to save his life.
Now look at Cano, the leading hitter in the majors, with talks of a batting title and MVP Award swirling everywhere. Fans have to be patient with Upton because the hints of greatness make his future surreal. It was the same with Cano.
Watching Upton hit against the Yankees last night made me drool. Then the dreams of how beneficial this kid would be in pinstripes were dancing in my head.
In 2010, Upton has 10 doubles, two triples, 13 home-runs, 38 RBIs and 30 walks. Upton is fast on the bases, as he already stolen 11 this season.
His .256 batting average is a refection of the 92 strikeouts. Looking back at 2009, Upton racked up 137 strikeouts, making this clearly the main problem.
Last night, Upton feasted on the World Champion Yankees, hitting two home runs with four RBIs. It was an absolute delight to watch, as Arizona games are rarely nationally televised and non-Diamondbacks fans do not care that much.
My guess is that baseball fans are witnessing rarefied air, as Upton continues to expand into a mega-star right before our eyes.
Andy Pettitte will do his job, as he has all season, but the Yankee hitters have to drive in runs to win. Pettitte deserves it after his last start, which he should have won easily but lost due to cold bats.
Yankee fans deserve first place for longer than 48 hours, thank you.
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