The Diamondbacks and Giants do not often meet in such position, with the D-backs atop the NL West and the defending World Series champions near the bottom.
As the second half begins, the D-backs will be looking to build on a 2 12-game lead in the NL West while the Giants will be trying to find a way out of a 6 12-game hole dug by a 10-22 record since the last time the two teams met.
The Diamondbacks have not been without issues since the two teams met in early June -- when the Giants were 2 12 games out of first place and the surging Dodgers sat in the basement of the NL West. The D-backs' bullpen has been as inconsistent as they come, and the starting rotation has struggled to remain consistent. The Giants, though, have been inexplicably bad over the past month, largely due to a shaky starting rotation of their own.
With both teams trying to settle one pitching problem or another, here's a look at what to expect in the three-game series that starts Friday night: