PHOENIX General manager Kevin Towers told his radio audience Wednesday that the Diamondbacks will make the playoffs. He prefaced that by saying he was sticking his neck out, and he is supposed to be first among believers.
That does not look like much of a stretch right now.
The D-backs backed emergency starter Josh Collmenter and four relievers with another home run on 3-0 pitch, this time from Jason Kubel, for a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. It was the D-backs' third victory in four games in a get-well homestand that included an earlier visit from Seattle.
It may be too early to make too much out of a game or even a homestand, but the D-backs (35-35) are trending in the NL West. They have gained three games on the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers this week and are 6 games back, as close to the Dodgers as they have been since May 12. They are 3 games out of the playoffs.
"Do we wish we were in first place? Of course. We're not. Does that change anythin...