Ranking in the top 8 for 2-strike wOBA and 2-strike HR/AB would make me highly confident that the Diamondbacks would win and advance in the playoffs. The caveat is that having confidence is different than causation, which includes other factors in addition to hitting. Let’s look at hitting statistics for Diamondback players.
Arizona had been in the NCAA’s crosshairs since 2017, when assistant coach Emanuel Richardson was among 10 people arrested as part of a federal corruption investigation into college basketball. Richardson was fired by the university and later pleaded guilty to accepting $20,000 in bribes from aspiring business manager Christian Dawkins. He was sentenced to a three-month prison sentence in 2019.
Jason Smith and Mike Harmon believe Walker Buehler has earned the role as the Dodgers ace pitcher in the post-season. Even if Clayton Kershaw pitches great, his legacy is set while Buehler has gained the confidence of the dugout and the fans going forward.