Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 8/18/13
While the Diamondbacks have fallen off the pace in the NL West, they are still very much alive in the playoff race. The Pirates, on the other hand, still lead the NL Central but need to snap out of their recent funk in order to stay on top. Slumping Pittsburgh will look to get back on track Sunday in the series finale against visiting Arizona, which is coming off its biggest offensive outburst of the year. The Pirates (72-50) looked like contenders in 2011 and 2012 before falling off, and they've suddenly lost six of eight, tied for their worst eight-game stretch of the season. They're still two games ahead of the second-place Cardinals in the division and 8 12 clear of the Diamondbacks (63-58) for a playoff spot. Arizona sat atop its division for nearly two months before Los Angeles took over in late July. Though the Diamondbacks are also 8 12 behind the Dodgers, they are just five games back of the Reds -- whom they'll visit for four games starting Monday -- for the second wild...
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