So This is What a Playoff Team Looks Like

After a horrendous road trip where the Diamondbacks went 1-5 after leading in all but one of the games it was time to come home and hopefully get on the right track. That of course would not be easy as the Diamondbacks began the home stand with a 4 game series against the National League Central Division leading St. Louis Cardinals. This is the second meeting with the Cardinals this season. The two teams played a three game series at Busch Stadium May 12-14. At that time the Cardinals won 2 of 3 taking the first two games of the series. Since that time the Cardinals have seen their fortunes look up being in first place over the Cincinnati Reds. Given the level of play the Diamondbacks have shown lately this series had bad news written all over it.

Thursday’s game did nothing to dissuade my theory. The Diamondbacks coming off being no-hit in Florida came in very flat. Jeff Weaver who was let go by the Los Angeles Angels earlier this season looked like a Cy Young award nominee. He allowed only 2 runs during his five innings or work. If you were a Diamondbacks fan you were excited by the fact that the team was able to get 5 hits against Weaver. That is 5 more than they were able to scrape up against Anibal Sanchez the night before. Miguel Batista had not lost a game since June 20 so there was hope that the Diamondbacks may steal one from the red birds but when Batista allowed 3 runs in the first inning and two more in the fifth inning the game was pretty much out of reach. It was clearly obvious which team was capable of making a run at the play-offs and which team would be outside looking in.

Friday was game 2 of the series and Arizona sent Livan Hernandez to the mound to face Anthony Reyes. About the only thing I was sure of was that the game should be over quickly. That wasn’t the case though as Arizona brought their whooping sticks to the ballpark. Reyes last start against the Pirates saw him throw 6 innings without allowing a run. Tonight’s game saw him allow 7 runs in just over 2 innings and saw him chased from the game in the top of the third. The Diamondbacks weren’t done though. They tacked on aother 4 runs in the sixth inning and two more in the eighth inning making the total 13 for one game. They got 16 hits including 6 doubles and 2 home runs. Carlos Quentin had a career night going 4-5 including a double. Orlando Hudson went 2-3 with both hits being doubles and he scored 3 runs. It was like a hit parade. The fans were really into the game as the Diamondbacks scored more than 8 runs in the game meaning everyone in attendance received a coupon for a free Chalupa from Taco Bell. At the end of the night you were left confused as to which of these teams were play-off bound and which one was just a pretender.

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