Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 Players to Watch 7/20-7/26

By Thomas Lynch
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Jun 15, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale (left) and third base umpire Adrian Johnson during the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks started life after the All-Star Break the way ended before the break: losing three straight games. The D’backs have dropped six games in a row, their longest stretch of futility in 2015. At 42-48, Arizona is now tied for third place in the National League West with the San Diego Padres, only three games ahead of the Colorado Rockies. With the trading deadline looming, it is becoming obvious the D’backs shouldn’t be buying anything but instead try to get rid of either a contract (Aaron Hill) or an ineffective part (Addison Reed).

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This upcoming week features seven games against two under .500 teams. The Miami Marlins come to Chase Field for three games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while the Milwaukee Brewers visit for four games beginning on Thursday. In order to once again reach the .500 mark, the D’backs need to win the first six of these contests. That’s a tall order for a team whose rotation members can’t put together consistent quality starts. Here are the five players to watch this week.