Surprising D-backs Take Commanding 2-0 Series Lead Against Dodgers In NLDS

Photo: Instagram/Tommy Pham

In Game 2 of the National League Division Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks continued their stunning postseason performance, pushing the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers closer to the edge of elimination.

Just two days after exorcising the haunting specters of Dodger Stadium, the D-backs achieved an unexpected 4-2 victory, seizing a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. This outcome defied the expectations of the baseball world, as the Dodgers, with 100 regular-season wins and the NL West title, faced the D-backs, who clinched the final NL Wild Card spot with 84 wins.

Tommy Pham, a seasoned outfielder for the D-backs, expressed that he had hoped for just one win on the road, but they surpassed that with two victories. Historically, teams taking a 2-0 lead in best-of-five postseason series have gone on to win 89% of the time.

Photo: Instagram/Tommy Pham

In this particular 2-2-1 format, 88% of teams that won the first two games on the road advanced, often sweeping their opponents. The last exception to this trend was the 2015 Rangers, who lost after taking a 2-0 lead in Toronto.

The stage is now set for Game 3 at Chase Field, where the D-backs are eagerly anticipating a sweep. Having played their first four postseason games away from home, they look forward to the support of their home crowd.

The D-backs' early offensive dominance has been a key factor in their success, and this trend continued in Game 2, with a three-run first inning against Dodgers' rookie Bobby Miller. Despite a late-season offensive slump, the D-backs have shown remarkable discipline at the plate during the postseason, refusing to chase pitches outside the strike zone.

Corbin Carroll, a standout D-backs outfielder, has been a driving force, reaching base safely 11 times in his first four career postseason games, second only to the Rangers' Evan Carter in rookie postseason performance. As the D-backs head home with a newfound confidence in their ability to conquer the Dodgers on their home turf, they are determined not to let their opponents linger.

Christian Walker, the D-backs' first baseman, emphasized their goal of seizing control and advancing. However, the Dodgers, a team brimming with talent and postseason experience, remain a formidable adversary, and they are resolved to turn the series in their favor.

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts acknowledged the challenge ahead and stressed the need to reverse their fortunes.

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Source: MLB


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