A’s at Diamondbacks: 5 Players to Watch

By Thomas Lynch
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Aug 5, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin (6) returns to the dugout after making a pitching change during the sixth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

As far as the Arizona Diamondbacks are concerned, the St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t leave Phoenix fast enough. The Redbirds swept a four game series from the D-backs in which Arizona saw the record go from a game over .500 to three games under. They also went 0-7 this season against the best team in baseball, a sign that the Snakes are not quite ready to hang with the elite teams in the game. The home stand now goes from seeing the team with the best record to a team with one of the worst.

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The Oakland A’s come into town with a mark of 55-73 which is the worst record in the American League. It’s been quite the calendar year for the A’s as they were on top of the MLB standings at the end of July 2014 only to stumble down the stretch and get eliminated in the Wild Card game by the Kansas City Royals. Since 2015 started, it has been a struggle for Oakland to stay out of the AL West basement and with the team four games behind the fourth place Seattle Mariners, it seems destined to stay there for the remainder of the season. Here are the five players to watch as the D-backs try to get back to .500.

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