Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 10/22/14
After a sweep at the hands of the Padres, the Diamondbacks got back in the win column with a little home cooking earlier this week, taking two of three games from the Marlins to maintain a 1 12-game lead atop the NL West. But the lead appears a bit precarious for a couple reasons. First, the D-backs have not had a starting pitcher win a game since June 5, a span of 13 starts. Part of that is the pitching, obviously, but also to blame is the sputtering offense. In three games against the Marlins, the D-backs batted .180 (16 for 89). They were 4 for 15 with runners in scoring position and as a team left 14 runners on base. That was after batting .181 as a team in the Padres series. Those are the kinds of numbers many expected from the D-backs this year, but the offense has mostly overachieved. The D-backs try to get everything going again with a weekend series against the Reds, who currently sit in second place in the NL Central and also have the second-best record in the National ...
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