A.J. Pollock’s efficient offense has been key for D-Backs
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been able to surprise some with their current record and their series wins against NL West rivals from L.A. and San Francisco.
One of the keys to their current success has been the play of outfielder A.J. Pollock offensively, and his ability to get on base while hitting second in this current lineup.
Pollock is currently only 2nd to Jake Lamb in batting average for players with 25+ ABs with a .340 average, and his on base percentage is second to Paul Goldschmidt at .411 currently.
While these aren’t Earth shattering numbers, they are quite good for a team that many questioned where their offense would come from. Pollock hitting well in his current position has a cascading effect on the Goldschmidt/Mark Trumbo combo.
His ability to get on base has been putting pressure on opposing pitchers when having to pitch from the stretch with a man on against Goldschmidt and Trumbo, as well as the rest of the lineup. But especially for Goldschmidt, who is currently 3rd in the NL in RBIs with 15.
Pollock’s current numbers make sense when you look at his overall career and at how he has continued to approve in just about every single offensive category over his four seasons in the majors. His injury last season limited his contributions to this team, which was one of many bad situations for the D-Backs in 2014, but his return to this offense was overlooked by many.
The Diamondbacks have relied heavily on their offense through the first 14 games of this season due to some inconsistent play from their starting rotation, but much like manager Chip Hale predicted, their pitchers have settled down on their second and third starts.
With the loss of Lamb for an undetermined amount of time with a stress reaction in his left foot, Pollock will need to continue performing at a high level in order for this offense to overcome the loss of the young third baseman.
At this point, it seem like the opportunity created for Yasmany Tomas as well the play of their top of the order players in Ender Inciarte and Pollock could be enough for Arizona to sustain the loss and keep the offense moving.
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