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Before I left campus for summer vacation back in May, I thoroughly enjoyed bragging about the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Snakes had the best record in baseball, Brandon Webb hadn’t lost a game yet and the offense was absolutely rolling.

But during those dog days of summer, many things changed.

The bats went ice cold.

The infielders could not cleanly handle a ground ball.

The bullpen looked like its goal was to give up leads instead of preserve them.

The team as a whole went through stretches in June and July where it looked downright awful.

Despite those troubles, one thing about the Diamondbacks has not changed.

They are still in first place in the National League West and are in prime position to make the playoffs for the second straight season.

If the D-Backs can sneak into the postseason, there’s no one else I’d rather see taking the mound in the first two games of a series than Webb and Dan Haren.

When all is said and Dunn —I mean, done— a team from the NL Worst might end up making a deep run in October.

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