PHOENIX -- Kirk Gibson was asked to describe the season in one word.
Can it be a number? Gibson asked.
He was being semi-serious, but he was on point. The D-backs season can be summed up in one number: .500.
The D-backs were never more than four games over .500 in defense of their 2011 NL West title, and they were never more than five games under. They spent two days in first place, five in fourth and every one of the last 133 games in third place.
Right in the middle.
A medium season, one player called it.
The D-backs expected more. On the final day of the regular season, Chris Young said he still believes the D-backs have the best team in the division. But repeating is always harder than peating, and the D-backs were unable to duplicate the magic of their 94-win 2011 for a number of reasons.
Many will point to two obvious changes: an inability to overcome deficits, especially late in games, and an inability to win one-run games. The two have a lot to do with each other, for...