August 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher J.J. Putz (40) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 6-3. Image: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

D-Backs Smack in the Middle of the Dog Days

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Man, it feels good to be back. I originally wanted to start writing earlier this week. However, after my long vacation ended, a stomach bug, my wife’s birthday and a Big Time Rush concert had other ideas. So I write now on the eve of an important Diamondback home series against the Washington Nationals.

Arizona truly is in the middle of a brutal stretch in their schedule. It started at the end of July and stretched into the beginning of August with road stops in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. After their series with the Nats, it’s back out onto the road with three games each in St. Louis  and Houston. Talk about poor scheduling. On Sunday evening August 19th, the D-Backs will have played 17 games in August, 14 of them on the road. In that span, four of the six clubs they have played or will play have legitimate playoff aspirations. So far, the Snakes have done very well, beginning with the sweep of the Dodgers and continuing with two gutsy, come-from-behind victories against the Pirates. They now find themselves only four games behind the first place Giants in the National League West.

Fortunately, after this slate of games, the schedule does get a tad easier for Arizona. Not necessarily softer but there will be more home games, plus six games each against the Dodgers and Giants. What’s the best part of the schedule? They end the season with six home games, three apiece against the Cubs and Rockies. If it is a three team race to the finish for the division crown and no Wild Card, give the edge to the defending champs to seal the deal.

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