The Brewers are on the last leg of The Road Trip From Hell™ and with a series win against Arizona, they can make it a .500 trip. Unfortunately, Yovani Gallardo, Randy Wolf, and Chris Narveson will have to navigate through possibly the best lineup in the NL. The Diamondbacks are currently running a .358 wOBA, best in the NL.
Justin Upton is a legitimate superstar, even though he hasn’t started hitting yet. He put up a stupendous .388 wOBA last season and compares very favorably as a hitter to our own Ryan Braun. Mark Reynolds is a home run machine, and already has nine on the season.
The D’backs scooped 2B Kelly Johnson off of the scrap heap this offseason, and he’s been incredible, already slugging 10 HRs. He’s not that prolific of a power hitter, but as far as second basemen go, he’s one of the better hitters in the league.
Chris Snyder, Chris Young, Stephen Drew, and Adam LaRoche are also all hitting well above average. Drew and LaRoche are well established hitters at this point. Snyder has always hit well for a catcher, but is far outplaying his projections for this season. Still, he’s now projected to hit above average by ZiPS’s rest of season projections, which is a major asset at the catcher position. Young has been considered unfulfilled potential for most of his career. As far as I can tell, his season is largely based on BABIP luck so far.
Their other outfielder has been a revolving door between Gerardo Parra and former Brewer Cole Gillespie. Neither is a great hitter, but when these are the weak links, that’s a very solid lineup, and one that pitchers should fear. Mistakes will be punished over the next three days.