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The Diamondbacks are taking control in the NL West

Aug 30, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

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Arizona won its seventh straight game yesterday, beating the Rockies 5-1 behind a strong outing from Daniel Hudson. Hudson added an RBI to — altogether now — help his own cause. Meanwhile the Giants were pounded 7-0 by the Cubs, their already weak bats silenced even more by Randy Wells, who tossed a two-hitter.  Bruce Bochy referred to the loss as the low point of the Giants’ season. It’s hard to disagree.

The upshot: Arizona now has a five game lead in the NL West. As Nick Piecoro points out in the Arizona Republic, it’s the Dbacks’ biggest division lead since June 15th 2008.

The two teams play a three-game series this weekend in San Francisco.  If their relative trajectories don’t change, the Dbacks could secure the division by Sunday evening.

Which we all saw coming back in March, right?

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    The trade for Johnny Mac was just what they needed. The 2 second basemen in the trade were throw ins.

    • cur68 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      Totally agree. I want him back on the Beaver Squad next season when he’s all done winning the division for the D-Backs. Hill they can keep, and good luck to him. Always liked the kid but he just isn’t productive enough to be a Beaver Wrestler.

  2. crispybasil - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Hudson has been really solid this season. Arizona really pulled one off with that Edwin Jackson trade.

  3. icanspeel - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    As the Padres proved last year.. it isn’t over until it is over. But Diamondbacks are looking good overall, and Giants not so much.

  4. missthemexpos - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    It is no coincidence that the winning streak coincides with Hill and Johnny Mac coming over from Toronto. There is much to be said for team chemistry, and these two players were able to fit into Arizona’s clubhouse seamlessly. The odds are long, but I would love to see Arizona win the National League. I always find it more enjoyable cheering for the underdog.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM

      The winning streak coincides with the D-Backs getting thrashed by the two best teams in the NL…Phillies and Braves…then getting to feast on the Nationals, Padres and Rockies. Although beating the Nats 3 of 4 in their ballpark deserves a lot of credit. If their last 20 games are any indication of what is to come, however, expect them to lose their next 6 :)

  5. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    I rescind my ATH comment. D Huddy gets some love after all. That rotation is the most underrated perhaps? Did anyone expect Kennedy to lead the NL in wins at this point either?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      Hudson is 14-9 with a 3.61 ERA and 7 k’s/9. Is he underrated or is he just overachieving? if anything, with all your talking about him here, he is becoming overrated in my book 😀

      • adcoop22 - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        CF is overrated, I love Phillies homers (not the ones that go over the fence)

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        Considering all the thumbs downs I receive, I think I am rated just right.

  6. granted42 - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    The Giants have scored a total of eight runs in the last five games against the two worst pitching staffs in the National League. Arizona’s staff may be under rated, but they are still slightly below the league average in terms of ERA. However, they should be able to handle the Giants Minor League hitters, who are at, or close to, the bottom of almost every offensive statistic not labeled GIDP. The DBacks should have a healthy 8-10 game lead over the rest of the division this time next week.

    • Alex K - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      The only reason they aren’t tops in GIDP is because someone has to be on base for that to occur.


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