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The Diamondbacks’ struggles against above average teams are extremely concerning

Sep 6, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Alek Thomas (5) hits a two RBI single in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

As the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves entrenched in the heart of the National League Wild Card race with just weeks to go, there looms a massive red flag that could put a dagger in their playoff dreams.

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A consistent struggle against good teams

This season, the Diamondbacks have compiled a disheartening 32-46 record when facing teams with a .500 or better winning percentage. It’s a glaring Achilles’ heel in their otherwise promising campaign.

In contrast, their impressive 40-22 record against subpar opponents has been a saving grace, carrying them to an overall record of 72-68.

Not only is their record against good teams the worst among teams with a winning record, but it is also one of the worst in the entire league.

The only ballclubs that hold worst records against sub .500 teams include the Rockies, Pirates, A’s, Royals, Tigers, and White Sox.

And this group, by no surprise, has some of the worst records in the MLB.

While beating up on bad teams and struggling against good teams may allow you to survive, this differential will not hold well when things really matter.

The harsh reality becomes even more apparent when you consider the Diamondbacks’ looming schedule. Of their final 22 games this season, a whopping 15 are against teams boasting a .500 or better record.

This includes matchups against the Cubs, Giants, Yankees, and the reigning World Champions, the Houston Astros, to wrap up the regular season.

Not a good look for a Diamondbacks team that is already scraping and crawling for the final Wild Card spot in the National League.

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