Dbacks Have a No Loss No Gain July

By Scott Allen

The Arizona Diamondbacks went 15-11 in July.  The San Francisco Giants went 15-11 in July.  The Dbacks were two games out going into July.  They will be two games out going into August.  With the Giants coming up, that will work just fine for me.  How can there be any complaints from anyone?  It was a little rough, but we made it through what I see as the toughest month given the All-Star break.  I’m looking forward to seeing what August has to offer.

Both teams made moves this week to help prepare themselves for the division pennant.  The Giants went and got Carlos Beltran and Orlando Cabrera.  The Dbacks went out and got Jason Marquis and Brad Ziegler.  Plus they are calling up first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, which could be considered a trade deadline move too, except they didn’t have to give anyone up to get him.  Well, Brandon Allen left us in the Ziegler deal, but I think you get the idea.

Both teams head into August though with tough schedules, starting with each other of course.  The Dbacks have a tough 13-game NL East stretch against the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, and Washington Nationals starting on August 12th.  Only the Mets series is in Arizona.

The Giants have the Phillies right after the Dbacks series.  Then they face the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Both those series are at home. They also face a tough road series in Atlanta mid-month.  They also go on the road to the Florida Marlins and Houston Astros, who they also have at home for a four-game series as well.

Should be interesting, let’s see where we all stand a month from now.