It appears the Arizona Diamondbacks are headed for their fourth-straight losing season in 2022, as the franchise enters the second half of the MLB regular season.
At 40-52, the D-backs sit in last place in the NL West, behind the L.A. Dodgers (60-30), San Diego (52-42), San Francisco (48-43) and Colorado (43-50).
Arizona currently ranks 23rd in the 30-team league in runs scored (383) and on-base percentage (.302), and 28th in team batting average (.223).
The D-backs have five players who have a WAR (Wins-Above Replacement) of 1 or more, led by first baseman Christian Walker (3.0 WAR), but have a promising rotation that features four pitchers with an earned run average below 4.
The issue is the D-backs’ bullpen has failed them, with the sixth-highest ERA in the league at 4.33, ballooning Arizona’s total team ERA to 4.34 — which ranks 23rd in the majors.
Torey Lovullo’s squad will look to rectify those issues when it takes the field for the first time post-All-Star Game against Washington at 6:40 p.m. on Friday.
Here’s a look at where the D-backs’ odds currently stand at Arizona sportsbooks and where you can find some wagering value.
Diamondbacks Among Longest of MLB Long Shots
To say the D-backs face long odds of reaching the postseason for the first time in five years on Arizona sports betting apps would be quite the understatement.
Arizona currently is listed at +4500 to make the postseason on Caesars Sportsbook Arizona, compared to -75000 to miss the playoffs.
The Emperor lists the D-backs at +200000 to win the 2022 World Series, coming in tied for last with Detroit, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Oakland, Colorado, Washington and Pittsburgh.
In NL West futures, Arizona is at +100000 to knock off the Dodgers, Giants and Rockies.
Over at BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona, the only futures play involving the D-backs is to get them at +10000 to finish with the most wins in the 30-team league, coming in a tie for last alongside 20 other franchises.
Where the D-backs Could Present Value
It’s fair to say the D-backs will generally be underdogs from here on out, thanks to their .435 winning percentage.
That means those interested in Arizona MLB betting can expect to find the team listed anywhere from +100 to +250 in its home games against San Francisco (July 25-27), and St. Louis (Aug. 19-21).
That’s a fair play for bettors, considering the D-backs have been close to .500 at Chase Field this season with a 22-26 record (vs. 18-26 away).
Bettors could take in sizable chunks of change, should Arizona be listed at something like +175 in home games against teams like the Giants and Cardinals.
Whether Arizona will have such success remains to be seen, though it’s a silver lining on what’s been a dreary season in the Valley.
Either way, at least D-backs fans can bask in the glory that is Caesars’ new retail sportsbook at Chase Field and, worst case, drown their sorrows in a heaping helping of trash can nachos or other Guy Fieri staples during the dog days of the MLB regular season.