After a disappointing 2-4 road trip, the Diamondbacks come home to finish out the first half with seven divisional games before the All Star break. By playing the woeful Padres and ice cold Dodgers, this would be a perfect way for Arizona to close out a yo-yo first half of 2012.
It is set up perfectly for Trevor Bauer to earn his first Big League victory. He is scheduled to pitch tonight against the notoriously light-hitting Friars who are 19 games under .500. San Diego has hit only 48 home runs on the year and collectively they are batting a meager .233. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have endured a disastrous stretch in which they lost 11 of their final 12 games in June, having been shut out six times during that stretch. The Dodgers won Sunday night but one could argue that it was the Mets who gave the game away with some shoddy base running and fielding.
The D-Backs are a game under .500 at 39-40 on the year. Given their recent play at home, and even though they lost last night, it is not unreasonable to ask for a 5-1 record over the next six games against their National League West rivals. After that, the team gets a much needed three days off (except for Wade Miley and maybe Aaron Hill) and then on to hopefully successfully defending their NL West crown in the second half.
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