Red Hot Padres Too much for Arizona Diamondbacks as Lead Shrinks

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More times than not there are a few teams going at it in the National League West. The Arizona Diamondbacks really hoped that they might have a fairly permanent hold on it but after getting swept by the San Diego Padres, that is no longer a hope. Now there are four teams separated by only 2 games in the division. While the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants and DBacks are playing well, it is pretty hard to vote against the Padres being the best right now. I doubt that eases the blow for the DBacks though.

What might soften the blow is the good job that Ian Kennedy did in his start today. Well that might soften it unless they get to thinking about the ten game suspension Kennedy is about to serve for head hunting against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Maybe Kennedy will be able to serve a punishment and put it all behind him. With the way he pitched tonight it makes the rest of the season look pretty promising from the starting pitcher side.

There might be a few issues from the bullpen and they could get a little more offense going. It has been suggested that they need someone hot to put behind Paul Goldschmidt in the batting order. That could help for sure but I think the basics are pretty solid for the DBacks right now. As tough as it might be to hear, I think the Padres were just better for the entire series. If that is true then all they can really do is improve themselves. I guess we’ll see which of the four teams grabs the reigns of the division lead next. Maybe the DBacks will even find a way to keep in first.

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