Apr 14, 2023 - Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks surprise skeptics with impressive season start

A baseball coach yelling at an umpire.

Manager Torey Lovullo was ejected Wednesday after arguing with umpire Gabe Morales. Photo: Norm Hall/Getty Images

We're shocked — but also thrilled — to report that after the first 13 games of the season, the Diamondbacks are leading the National League West division with an 8-5 record.

Flashback: The D-backs are expected to improve from their past few lackluster years, but the pundits didn't have high hopes for a postseason run.

State of play: Experts be damned. The D-backs held their own against the L.A. Dodgers and San Diego Padres, the presumed NL West favorites, and the Milwaukee Brewers, the first-place team in the NL Central.

  • The Snakes went 2-2 in their opening series in L.A., then came back to the Valley and beat the Dodgers three times, only losing once.
  • Arizona tied their series against the Padres.

Reality check: There's a lot of season left — 149 games, to be exact. It's hardly time to start celebrating.

Yes, but: A strong start might be just the confidence boost the D-backs need.

The latest: Manager Torey Lovullo got ejected from Wednesday afternoon's game against the Brewers after arguing over balls and strikes with home plate umpire Gabe Morales.

  • Lovullo told reporters he knew he’d get tossed but felt compelled to speak up about what he saw as inconsistent calls against pitcher Drey Jameson.
  • His energy seemed to inspire the team, which went on to win 7-3, taking two of three from Milwaukee.

What they're saying: "I think that’s big as a manager when he sees me out there fighting and I’m not getting calls," Jameson told The Arizona Republic.

  • He said he went to Lovullo's office after the game and thanked him for "having my back."

Between the lines: Jameson's performance Wednesday earned him a spot on our list of early-season standouts. Here are the other players we're watching:

  • Zac Gallen, the ace of the pitching staff, tossed seven scoreless innings earlier this week, striking out 11 batters.
  • Outfielder Corbin Carroll, a potential Rookie of the Year contender, has stolen five bases so far and seems to be growing into his new team with every game.

1 fun thing: Phoenix Suns star Kevin Durant wore a Carroll jersey to Monday night's game — which left Carroll a little starstruck.

What's next: The D-backs are in Miami this weekend, kicking off their series against the Marlins at 3:40 Friday afternoon.

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