The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking solid at the beginning of the season as they continue to perform well against their opponents. On the heels of the San Francisco Giants and tied with Colorado, Arizona continues to prove that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2010 baseball season. The team is currently in Southern California as they attempted to win their first series against the Los Angeles Dodgers since the summer of 2007. The D-backs will also face the San Diego Padres, who gave the team a run for its money while at Chase Field in the home-opening series.
Losing the Dodgers’ home opener, the Diamondbacks persevered to earn a 9-7 win on Wednesday night that went 11 innings and was five hours long, going into the early hours of the morning in Los Angeles. In the final game of the series, the two teams would exchange the lead twice, with the Dodgers coming out on top. Despite the loss, the D-backs are well on pace of winning three series before they did last season, when the team did not win their third series until May. The team made a valiant effort on Thursday as they lost the game in extra innings.
The D-backs will return to Phoenix to face some pretty challenging teams, as the St. Louis Cardinals are on the schedule for Monday. The Cardinals have been solid for the past few years, as Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday bring the lumber to Chase Field. Chris Carpenter is also a pretty challenging pitcher for the entire league to face, as the pitchers for the series have yet to be nailed down.
The D-backs will look to maintain their momentum as the relief staff has shown signs of inconsistency but is not quite as bad as last year. The team has also executed on some excellent defense, despite the two errors on Thursday night, and appears to be doing a pretty good job of providing more run support than the team of last year.
Most fans may already know that taking advantage of the METRO light rail is an excellent way to dodge the parking fees and get to the ballpark. If you are meeting up with a group, there are plenty of places nearby to grab some food or a pregame beverage. So, throw on your D-backs gear and get to the game anyway that you know how to support your team as they prepare to face off against some of the toughest teams in the National League East.