The Phillies have a pitching staff that is far superior to that of the likely NL West champions, and sports a lineup riddled with playoff-tested mashers who are looking for redemption following last year’s disappointing postseason exit.
The Diamondbacks will make the playoffs only because the bylaws of Major League Baseball dictate that every division must have a “winner”, and that that “winner” must be awarded a playoff spot, no matter how terrible their division is.
But baseball isn’t played on paper.
Despite the myriad ways in which the Phillies are a superior team to the Diamondbacks, Philadelphia should be concerned at the prospect of facing Arizona in the playoffs.
I’m not saying the Diamondbacks will beat the Phillies in a possible NLDS matchup. I’m just saying that it’s possible. And here’s why…