By any measure, catcher Miguel Montero has enjoyed a career year for the Diamondbacks.
Montero, who hit .282, played in more games (140), hit more home runs (18) and drove in more runs (86) than in any season of his career.
He deftly handled a young pitching staff that produced a 21-game winner and NL Cy Young candidate in Ian Kennedy, a 16-game winner in Daniel Hudson as well as a bullpen that became one of baseball's more dependable just one year after being one of baseball's worst - ever.
And the Diamondbacks can always depend on Montero's infectious personality keeping things loose and upbeat inside the clubhouse.
Now, down 2-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers in their best-of-five NL Division Series, the Diamondbacks need all of that and maybe a little more from their catcher and cleanup hitter.
In the two postseason losses, Montero is 0 for 8 with a pair of strikeouts.
He has reached base once on a walk and has stranded six runners.
And he isn't alone. Justin Upton, hitting ahead of Montero, is 2 for 9 with a home run and two RBIs. He has left seven runners on base.
Arizona Diamondbacks' Miguel Montero seeks pop at the plate
Arizona Republic | Oct 4