AZ Diamondbacks Final 24 Games
This was supposed to be it. With 3 teams that were out of the playoff picture; this past home-stand for the Arizona Diamondbacks was to be the one that put them even closer to a playoff spot. The fans were saying 7 to 8 wins was a sure thing. However, with struggling starting pitching, unproductive relief pitching, errors and, yes, the continued lack of hitting with runners in scoring position, the home-stand ended with the Diamondbacks in a deeper hole. They finished the home-stand with a 4-5 record. Certainly not what the players and coaches wanted in front of their hometown crowd.
I think we can all agree, barring a miracle, there will not be playoff spot for the Diamondbacks this 2013 season.
There are 24 games left this season. The Diamondbacks would have to win at least 17 of those games to catch the Cincinnati Reds. All the Reds have to do is play .500 baseball to clinch. Yes it can be done and it has been done in the past few years. The St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays and the Minnesota Twins played superb baseball to gain a playoff spot during the last month of the season to accomplish this rare task.
The Diamondbacks have 10 games at home and 14 on the road to close out the season. They would need to win all 10 at home, which include the Dodgers Rockies and Nationals, and at least 7 wins on the road. The road game schedule includes the Giants, Dodgers, Rockies and the Padres; and we know the Padres have “owned” the Diamondbacks the past few years.
It is a lot to ask of this team, but in baseball anything can happen.
One other Diamondbacks note: Martin Prado was named player of the month for August. In 28 games last month, Prado led the NL with 30 RBI. He topped the NL with 43 hits in August, while his .375 (43-for-115) average ranked fourth in the NL. He also added 4 home runs, 11 walks and 19 runs scored for the month.
That was the best month of his career, Prado’s 30 RBI set a franchise record for the month of August as well.
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