Coming off a season in 2015 where they finished four games below .500 at 79-83, the Diamondbacks made a couple of high-profile upgrades in the offseason that could potentially push them over the edge in 2016. The obvious first ticket item is ace pitcher Zack Greinke. The 32-year old Greinke, fresh off a All-Star stint with division rival Los Angeles, decided the the $200 million plus contract offered by the Diamondbacks was too good to refuse. We think most professional athletes would have made the same decison, so we can't fault him.
So, Arizona secured the hottest free agent of the 2015 offseason and have put their faith in the 2009 Cy Young Award winner. Both players will be the key to seeing the Diamondbacks return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Best Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Lines
For daily wagering options on the Diamondbacks throughout the 2016 season, the tool below will be your guide to the lines and matchups from April to October.
Keep in mind to check back daily with these betting lines in case they change prior to the matchup on that particular day.
This is where you can get a leg up on each matchup by choosing whether to avoid a matchup or stick with it barring a surprise injury or substitution.
Arizona Diamondbacks Regular Season Schedule
As an extension of the next game tool above, the calendar option below will give you matchups, dates and times for each opponent throughout the season.
This is the best outlet to use if you are looking to exploit a late season matchup or road swing throughout the year.
For parlay wagers on the Diamondbacks this will also be particularly useful if you are looking to make the most of a weaker schedule or one that plays to Arizona's strengths.
Arizona Diamondbacks Regular Season Standings
When you are looking to make the most of your wagers, one of the first things you should do is to check out how the Diamondbacks are progressing throughout the year in the NL West.
With the standings tool below you will be able to identify how each team has been playing in the division and you can easily identify how each are playing at home or away.
Making sure that Arizona is locked in for a competitive matchup that plays to their strengths is integral to solidifying a successful wager.
Online Tips For Arizona Diamondbacks Bettors
Joining a rotation that already features 14-game winner Rubby De La Rosa and 2015 All-Star Shelby Miller (acquired in a trade from the Braves), Arizona has turned a pitching weakness into a versatile strength. Outside of their starting rotation, the Diamondbacks return the best player in the National League not named Bryce Harper, in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
The 28-year old finished with a team-high 33 home runs, 110 RBIs and .321 batting average. Goldschmidt was named to his third consecutive All-Star team in 2015 and won his second Silver Slugger Award.
Joining Goldschmidt to help bolster the hitting rotation is another 28-year old; centerfielder A.J. Pollock. The speedy centerfielder (39 stolen bases in 2015), notched his first Gold Glove and All-Star selection in 2015 thanks to his versatile play. In fact Pollock is not alone as a consistent hitting threat from the outfield. Outfielders David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas both were solid contributors in 2015. The former notched a batting average above .300 and enjoyed his best season to date while the 25-year old Tomas was fifth on the team with 48 RBIs.
Indeed the Diamondbacks seem primed for a surprise run to the top of the division or at least a wild card spot, but they have struggled thus far after finishing with a 12-16 record at the end of April. It remains to be seen if this will be the year of the snake.
As the other team in the NL West that plays in the mountain time zone (the Rockies play in there as well), Arizona's games are typically an hour ahead of games on the pacific coast, so please keep that in mind.
As far some matchups to watch out for in 2016, Arizona beat up on Colorado (13-6) Cincinnati (6-1), San Francisco (11-8) and Miami (5-2) in 2015. However, they struggled against the Dodgers (6-13), Cubs (2-4) and Pirates (1-5) which are some upper-echelon teams they will need to beat consistently in order to get over the hump. They also did not register a winning record at either home (39-42) or away (40-41), which makes betting on them a trickier move than their other NL West counterparts.
The Diamondbacks made some wise personnel moves following the 2015 season by cutting out second baseman Aaron Hill (.230 batting average) and finding a younger/more consistent catcher in Welington Castillo.
Another player that was solid in 2016 was closer Brad Ziegler, who had 30 saves and a team-low (or high) ERA of 1.85. Indeed the Diamondbacks are the kind of team that can either be really good if a lot of things break their way. Arizona will be better in 2015, given their big spending in the offseason, but the questions are by how much and whether their almost-guranteed improvement will be enough.
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