Since the last roundup, the D-backs have gone 4-3, with a split against the Dodgers and a series win against the Rockies.  Arizona dropped in the ESPN Power Rankings, but only one spot.  Pretty good week, right?

Wrong.  Winning 2 games against the Dodgers was just good enough to push their NL West title to Thursday, when LA fought back from a 6-3 deficit to win 7-6.  As written here on Friday, despite a request from the Arizona organization that the Dodgers not come back out to the field after moving their celebration to the visitors’ clubhouse, the team ran out, scaled the wall, and threw themselves a pool party (as the D-backs lifeguards looked on).

Opinions differed throughout the sport on Friday — some criticizing the Dodgers, some criticizing those who criticized the Dodgers.  Personally, I do think it was a little disrespectful, and I doubt very much that the thought was spontaneous for all of the Dodgers involved.  I don’t really think the pool party was thrown specifically to offend, but I do think it happened specifically in spite of how Arizona players and fans might feel.  It’s a good thing for Arizona to be noticed by the nation overall, though, and the Australia games get a little extra oomph from the whole fiasco.  Maybe the D-backs will play next season with a chip on their shoulders.

From around the internets:

There were even a few things written in the last week that weren’t about the pool fiasco, if you’re into that sort of thing:

  • Nick Piecoro wrote about Trevor Cahill, his command struggles, and his tendency toward giving up the big inning.  Interesting read, and I’d hazard that if Cahill did take that step forward next year, the team would only need one or two other things to break in its favor to go from middle of the road to playoff contender.
  • Piecoro also broke down the Tyler Skaggs situation from the team’s perspective.  An important read for D-backs fans.

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