Strong play at home has turned the Arizona Diamondbacks into a contender in the NL West.
R.A. Dickey and the New York Mets have done the complete opposite in their division race.
With a series against one of the teams they're chasing in the West looming, the Diamondbacks look to conclude this 10-game homestand with an eighth victory Sunday against the Mets.
Arizona (51-50) was the unexpected NL West champion last year, but the club has struggled to follow up that success in 2012 until recently.
The Diamondbacks were seven games behind division-leading San Francisco on July 19, but they're within 4 12 now after winning seven of nine.
They're also 3 12 games back of second-place Los Angeles and visit the Dodgers for a three-game set starting Monday.
Before that, Arizona will try to avoid overlooking the Mets (48-53), who have dropped 14 of 16 to fall virtually out of the NL East race.
The Diamondbacks beat New York 6-3 on Saturday for their second straight win after opening thi...