The Arizona Diamondbacks opened the 2022 season with slim playoff hopes but were projected to be a much better prospect than in 2021, when the franchise lost 110 games. They slightly exceeded expectations and finished fourth in the NL West Division with a 74-88 mark, increasing 22 wins from the previous season.
Zac Gallen enjoyed a breakout campaign with a 12-4 record and finished eighth in the majors with a 2.54 ERA, while first baseman Christian Walker rediscovered his power stroke and smacked the seventh-most home runs in MLB with 36.
The D-Backs play in one of baseball's toughest divisions but will look to perform even better next season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were founded in 1998 as an expansion team, and are based in Phoenix, Arizona. They played their first Major League Baseball season in 1999, with their first home game played at Bank One Ballpark (now known as Chase Field) on March 31, 1999, against the Colorado Rockies.
The D-Backs won their first National League (NL) West Division title in only their second year of existence in 1999. In 2001, they went all the way to the World Series and defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 to become the fastest expansion team ever to win a championship in any of the four major North American sports leagues. They won their only NL pennant that same year and also clinched division crowns in 2002, 2007, and 2011.
The Diamondbacks currently play their home games at Chase Field, located in downtown Phoenix. The atmosphere is famously lively, with fans wearing red and purple jerseys while cheering on their favorite players.
The biggest rivals of the Arizona Diamondbacks are its divisional opponents: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, and Colorado Rockies. Historically, the Diamondbacks have had mixed success against these teams with a winning record against San Diego and Colorado but losing records versus the Dodgers and the Giants.
Some of the key players from the history of the Arizona Diamondbacks include Randy Johnson (2001 World Series MVP), Curt Schilling (Cy Young Award Winner), Luis Gonzalez (5x All-Star Outfielder), Paul Goldschmidt (6x All-Star First Baseman), Brandon Webb (Cy Young Award Winner), Justin Upton (4x All-Star Outfielder) and Chris Young (2x All-Star Outfielder).