Jun. 5, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson applauds his team after defeating the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 10-0. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

Back at .500


With a recent offensive surge playing back at the friendly confines of Chase Field in Phoenix, the Arizona Diamondbacks have won four straight games to get back at the .500 mark, and 48-48 on the season. Over the three game series against the visiting Houston Astros, the D-backs outscored Houston 33-13, as the offense has seemed to find it’s rhythm after a rough start to the second half of the season.

The team still has six games left on their current home stand to make some noise before hitting the road and heading to Los Angeles for a three-game series with the Dodgers. This is a golden opportunity for Arizona, as they have two more games with National League dwellers Colorado (2nd to last in the National League), and then a four game series with the New York Mets. The Mets are sitting at 47-49 and third in the National League East division, but have gone 1-11 in their last 12 games.They certainly aren’t a team to overlook heading into an important series in L.A., but the good news is Arizona has been clicking on offense at Chase as of late.

Depending on the outcome of the rest of Arizona’s home stand, the three-game series in L.A. is looking like it could be the biggest series of the season, with possible playoff implications at stake, and an opportunity for Arizona to gain some major ground on the Dodgers.

Although this may not seem significant to many given the inconsistency that the snakes have shown all season, it puts the team back in the discussion of relevancy with a week left before the trade deadline. If the team is able to continue this winning streak, it just might help management decide to add some depth at the trade deadline for a possible run at a playoff spot.

There is still plenty of baseball to play this season. The D-backs still have 68 games left this season, and if last season is any indication, every game through the end of September counts, and anything can happen. Just ask the 2007 Colorado Rockies who made the miraculous September run to earn the wild card spot and NLCS crown. Anything can certainly happen, and it will be fun to watch.

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