It’s been a difficult week for Diamondbacks fans, who watched their team drop 3 of 4 to their competition for the wild card in Cincinnati and 2 of 3 to the wayward Phillies.  Count me among those feeling thoroughly exhausted at this point, after the 18-inning (7 hours 6 minutes) affair on Saturday night.  The win there was great (check out this story by David Schoenfield), but didn’t alter the story line.  Even Patrick Corbin struggled, giving up a career-high 9 runs (8 earned) as  he was left in as long as possible with the bullpen running on fumes.

Personally, I’m not quite ready to turn the page on the 2013 season — stranger things have happened, and as I wrote on Friday, the team would only need one of the NL Central teams to fall off a cliff.  As of Monday morning, ESPN and give the Dbacks a 10.0% chance of making the playoffs, whereas Baseball Prospectus puts the playoff chances at 3.5% (2.8% of wild card, 0.6% of winning the NL West).  As we scoreboard watch, though, we’re not really rooting for St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati to beat up on each other equally — we’re looking for one of those teams to just get pummeled.  It would be best if it were Cincinnati.

The baseball writing around the blogosphere was not very optimistic about Arizona in the last week.  We’re almost two weeks removed from The Walkoff Series against Baltimore, but with the road trip concluded, we should at least see how the Diamondbacks fare back on their home turf.  26 of the remaining 33 games are against teams with losing records — and the other 7 are against the Dodgers.

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