In a little over three weeks, the Arizona Diamondbacks will likely host the 2017 National League Wild Card Game on Oct. 4.
It promises to be an unreal environment inside Chase Field. We have patiently waited for our team, six years in fact, for our team to play in October.
Remember the 2011 National League Division Series? It ended in heartbreak against the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Diamondbacks might finally get a chance at redemption.
Entering Saturday’s game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, Arizona’s magic number to clinch a postseason spot sits at seven. A champagne celebration inside the D-backs clubhouse is almost here. So is the chance to buy postseason gear and tickets.
The tough part of the schedule is behind them and with a 13-game win streak already under their belts and a favorable schedule the rest of the way, the D-backs should have no problem taking care of business.
But that does not mean the Snakes can start wandering and drifting again. With the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers looking to spoil the D-backs party, the D-backs have to put their foot on the gas pedal . They cannot make mental mistakes.
Assuming the Diamondbacks clinch the top wild card spot, here is my prediction for their wild card game roster.
Keep in mind: the rules allow teams to carry more relievers and more bench players because it is a win-or-go-home situation. Therefore, a team theoretically only needs one starting pitcher.