Some have suggested over the past few days that the Diamondbacks are slipping. But though they lost their hold on first place to the Dodgers -- at the hands of the Cubs, no less -- the D-backs enter the weekend just a half-game back in the NL West.
The visiting Padres have slipped even more. At the start of the month, they were in fourth place, just 5 12 games back of the D-backs. The Padres have gone 6-10 since then to cap an 8-21 stretch that began June 22.
With the D-backs trying to keep pace with the red-hot Dodgers, who are 14-5 in July, and the visiting Padres trying to get back in contention, here's what to watch for in the three-game series at Chase Field:
PITCHING MATCHUPS: Friday -- RHP Randall Delgado (2-3, 3.43 ERA) vs. LHP Eric Stults (8-8. 3.45). Saturday -- LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-2, 4.11) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (6-5, 3.84). Sunday -- LHP Patrick Corbin (12-1, 2.31) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (0-4, 3.60).
WHO'S HOT FOR THE D-BACKS: Friday starter Randall Delgado has allowed t...