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Diamondbacks Are Back in the Hunt
Posted By Matthew Hesse On Aug 3 2011 @ 10:15 pm In Arizona Diamondbacks | No Comments
Look out the Diamondbacks are back and they are not going away. The Diamondbacks have a record of 12-7 since the All Star Break and have won 8 of their last 11 games. The Diamondbacks looked to fade off into the sunset as the Giants were running away with the NL West and the Braves looked untouchable for the Wild Card. Then, the Diamondbacks went on this tear and are now only one game back in the NL West and 2 games back in the Wild Card chase after today’s loss to the Giants.
The important fact is not that the Giants walked all over the Diamondbacks today. The Diamondbacks benched Gerrardo Parra, Kelly Johnson, and Miguel Montero, which points out why their offense just could not get started. The important fact is that the Diamondbacks powered past arguably the two best pitchers in the National League Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum on Monday and Tuesday. The Diamondbacks are not afraid of the defending champions; in fact, they are gunning for those champions. The other question mark going into this series with the Giants was whether trading away Brandon Allen and calling up Paul Goldschmidt was a good idea. Goldschmidt answered that question with a 2 run blast off of Tim Lincecum on Tuesday night en route to a Diamondbacks win. Between Monday and Tuesday the Diamondbacks scored 11 runs off the Giants.
Today, however, did not go the Diamondbacks way as Jason Marquis allowed 7 earned runs en route to an 8-1 loss. Was this a one-time thing as he is still adjusting to his new home out west? All Diamondbacks fans are hoping that this wont become a pattern, while Giants fans are excited and can’t wait to face Marquis later this season. This series went the Diamondbacks they win the series 2-1. The bullpen, however, this series was unstoppable allowing 0 runs against the Giants. Part of this can be attributed to the Hudson and Kennedy both going 8 innings on Monday and Tuesday. However, Duke and new addition Ziegler pitched extremely well this afternoon to keep the Giants at 8 runs.
Winning 2 of 3 games against the Giants does not guarantee that they will win the NL West. There are a lot of games to go and a lot of work still to do but the Diamondbacks are here to stay. Getting Marquis into the groove of things will be key in positioning themselves to take the title from the Giants.
The Diamondbacks have a little easier road as they face off against the Dodgers and then the Astros next week before having to face the Mets, Phillies, and then the Braves. If the Diamondbacks want that NL West crown they must stay strong and continue to impress especially against teams like the Phillies and Braves.
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